Scientists have found that scents have a psychological effect on people. The Japanese have gone so far as to incorporate scent systems ino their buildings, blowing rosemary and lemon for productivity and chamomile and jasmine in eating areas for relaxation*. Some clinics use vanilla in MRI scans to relax patients*. Evergreen has always been known to be an antidepressant*. This explains the tradition of bringing them in the home during the dark winter months to decorate the home. Here are historically how some scents affect demeanor...

Scintillating*
carnation
clove
cypress
ginger
juniper
marjoram
mint
nutmeg
roesmary
thyme

 

Sleepy*
chamomile
fir
lavendar
lemon thyme
oak moss
pine
rosemary
vanilla
Soothing*
cedar
chamomile
citrus
fir
lavendar
oakmoss
pine
rose

Sexy*
neroli
rose
musk
myrrh

 

*Graph and info from
Chic Simple:Scents
Kim Johnson Gross/Jeff Stone

Certain scents have been found to attract the opposite sex and also stimulate mood. It has also been discovered that hormones play a large role in attracting the opposite sex. This breakthrough has also been incorporated in many fragrances on the market.

There are some scents that naturally attract the opposite sex. Men are attracted to lavender, rosemary, cedar and vanilla (predominately clean scents). They don't smell musk, which women are attracted to. Musk resembles testosterone to the female. They are also sometimes attracted to patchouli. Women are attracted to sandalwood, lavender, jasmine and patchouli as well.

 

PHEROMONES:

Pheromones in fragrances have brought about a lot of controversy. It still hasn't been proven that they really work, although there are some people that swear by them and use them religiously. What is a pheromone? A pheromone is a natural hormone secreted by an individual that stimulates a physiological or behavioral response from that same individual and/or others around that individual. Sounds rather scientific? That's because it is. Scientists have tapped into how our nose effects our brain, nervous system and hormones. There is much research out there that proves that pheromones in fragrances improve mood and attract others to you. People have reported improved state of mind, better productivity, better work relations and a better sex life. Sounds too good to be true. Some say possibly. Others have regarded pheromones with some skepticism and also with distaste.

The criticisms revolve around how pheromones are harvested. Many have been taken from animals. However, there have been recent breakthroughs where pheromones have been replicated chemically in the lab. This allows for no animals and for mass production.

Dr. Berliner in the 1960's discovered the connection of pheromones to mood. After some experiments he took his two pheromones he discovered and opened EROX Corp. and created a fragrance called Realm. Dr. Berliner claims that the opposite sex will not be attacking you in the streets, but it will make the wearer feel more at ease with the opposite sex. It will make them more confident, approachable and more attractive.

For curiosity is probably piqued. If you want to try some fragrances with pheromones in them, here is a list...

Realm® by Erox - First on the market as a fragrance

Yes® and Lure® - Also one of the first to market

Androstenone Pheromone Concentrate® - Claims to be the purest synthesized pheromone in the lab

Pheromol Factor® - Created by Dr. Dodd, who discovered the pheromone, androstenol

Xcite!® Pheromone Wipes - Also created by Dr. Dodd that are convenient pheromone wipes.

Primal Instinct® - The most popular pheromone fragrance on the market

Date-Mate® - (formerly Contact 18 and Desire 22) This is a compact purse size claimed to be a best seller

Pheromone® by Marilyn Miglin - A top seller for this high end fragrance designer

Beaches and HiOctane+2 - Created by Uneet Co. Inc. and is the largest manufacturer of human pheromones in the world.

Some good links for the hormonally curious...

www.uneet.com

www.erox.com

TIDBIT: Women have a better sense of smell than men. Also, women's sense of smell is stronger at the time of ovulation.