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NSFW, really NSFW. Will we ever discover human pheromones and use them in perfumes and colognes?

Asked by ETpro (34508points) November 23rd, 2012

This question sparked my interest in today’s TGIF query. I’m not really enamored with perfumes. They smell nice enough, but they mask the scent of woman; and that mysterious, wonderful scent is beyond sublime—beyond anything known to the perfumer’s art. Up close and personal, the scent reaches the deepest parts of my brain, acting on my unconsciousness mind, my limbic system and nerve centers throughout my body to drive me crazy with desire. Are there pheromones at work? Research isn’t yet clear on this. Here’s a set of links that cover what we currently know and suspect about human pheromones:
Do humans react to sex pheromones?
What is the scent of woman?
How does female ejaculate smell?
What’s in female ejaculate?
How about the body scent of man?
How about male genital scent?

Of course a little goes a long way, but I like the underarm body odor of a woman. Perhaps it’s a holdover from the pleasure of breast feeding as an infant. And I’m not alone. Consider that Napoleon wrote to his mistress, Josephine, “I’ll be back in three days’ time. Don’t wash.”

Furthermore, I absolutely adore the scent of a healthy female’s natural genital secretions. If you’ve heard the garbage about it smelling like fish, you’re either listening to somebody who has no earthly idea what they are talking about or you need to see your gynecologist, because you have a yeast infection or some such.

Healthy, reasonably clean vaginas smell divine. And there is never any need to douche them to keep them clean. Nature takes care of inner cleansing.

What’s more, when I am going down on a woman and she ejaculates (and yes, some do and it most definitely isn’t pee.) the sudden change in her vaginal odor grabs my reptilian brain right at the base of my backbone, and absolutely drives me to the outer limits of lust. Sorry for the graphic language, but I want to be clear on why I expect we will discover human pheromones regardless of the current lack of scientific proof that they exist. Our modern insistence on squeaky clean hygiene and masking our natural scents to keep others from smelling our own humanity could easily be why we have yet to prove pheromones influence humans just as profoundly as they do the birds and the bees.

Men, what does your experience suggest? Women, what’s your reaction to the natural body and sexual smells of a male partner?

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Shippy's avatar

Sigh! I can tell it is Friday!!! They already do use it @ETpro . I can only say that, I either like that mans smell or not. But not talking their sexual organs. When I hold a man, (or a woman) I just “know” it is OK or not.

I dated a beautiful woman, or three and no, they did not have the right smell.

I also do not like it, if a person smells too strongly (down there, male or female). Instant TURNOFF! Body odor too phooey!

Coloma's avatar

I don’t see why not. We already have the bottled scents of just about every animal one could ever wish to hunt. Coyote pheromones, Deer & Elk pheromones, etc. etc. all used as lures for hunters and biologists.

I prefer my sexual partners to be very clean, and I too like to be fresh and showered but am not obsessive about it if an unexpected moment arises. lol
I don’t like ultra hairy men. Back hair is a major turn off for me. A bit, but not Gorilla man.

I also prefer my men to have neatly trimmed pubic areas and prefer shaved scrotums. Otherwise, I enjoy all aspects of the body.
I am always joking about using pheromones, living rural with lots of wildlife around.
If you’re obnoxious I might have to swab you down with the scent of a dying deer and tie you out for the mountain lions. haha ;-)

Shippy's avatar

@Coloma Nothing worse than HAIRY BALLS!

Coloma's avatar

@Shippy Gak! haha
I want those puppies smooth as a babies bottom, unless they don’t mind being ignored. lol

ninjacolin's avatar

@ETpro, listen.. if you haven’t already.. you NEED to watch the movie Perfume :)

deni's avatar

I love the way my boyfriend smells. WITHOUT COLOGNE. I specifically tell him I prefer his smell over his cologne and also he smells better after not showering for a day or two. We are not supposed to clean ourselves as much as we do and also mask our natural odors, if you’re healthy and you haven’t been sweating more than usual you shouldn’t smell terrible, and this is how we are supposed to be attracted to people also! Instead most of us are just ashamed of how we smell. Dumb. I love my BO.

ETpro's avatar

@Shippy We absolutely do know that many higher order eukaryotes choose acceptable mating partners based on compatibility they sense through smell and chemical signals they pick up from a potential mate. This selection appears to be directed at pairing with mates that are genetically matched to reduce the likelihood of birth defects in the pair’s offspring. Science is just now trying to determine the degree such mating selection operates in humans. We do know that men find women’s natural body odor most appealing at the time when copulation with them would be most likely to produce pregnancy. Survival of the species is an incredibly powerful drive, and it only stands to reason that we would not evolve entirely away from exigencies that serve that vital interest.

Regarding smelling strongly, let me be clear I am not attracted to people who stink. Humans who go for long periods without ever washing develop an overpowering stench that is the very antithesis of sexiness. And no amount of costly perfume or cologne would hide that smell. A day or two without a shower is fine for most healthy humans, though.

@Coloma The only reason why not would be that it turns out that humans have simply lost the ability to generate pheromones, and that we now rely entirely on non-chemical factors in attracting a mate. My own experience tells me that’s not the case.

@ninjacolin I have not seen it yet. But based on your recommendation and the info in your link, that’s an oversight I plan to correct. Thanks for the link and the heads up.

@ucme They also sell bottles of supplements that will allegedly turn you into the next Mr. Universe in 6 weeks with no troublesome exercise routines required, restore missing hair, and add 6 inches to a diminutive male member. All these products rely on one ancient secret‘s_a_sucker_born_every_minute—there’s one born every minute.

@deni I’m so delighted to hear that I’m not the only human left that knows that. I’d hate to think I could never commiserate about this with anyone more my contemporary than Napoleon Bonaparte.

Unbroken's avatar

@deni I am so glad I am not the only one who loves this in males.

@shippy I haven’t noticied women smell distinctive at all, but then again I stop short of munching, but kissing and cuddling should be enough.

Also I have noticied that when I go to gym and then run by the store before I shower I get a lot of attention, is it: phermones, body langauge, flushed quality? No I don’t use deodorant, I shower most every day and I don’t sweat very heavily when I do it dries faster and cleaner without aids.

I don’t think I smell like anything in particular but I probably am inoculated against it.

Does anyone else recognize their smell?

Unbroken's avatar

Oh and I can usually smell when someone has ejaculated recently. Covered most frequently with axe or some other smell. I have to admit it does make me have naughty thoughts.

DigitalBlue's avatar

I am sexually attracted to both men and women, but the natural smell of men makes me dizzy. Sometimes I will fall asleep with my face next to my husband’s armpit. People can think it’s gross, but its so relaxing and almost intoxicating.

I always notice how people smell (and I tend to lack a lot of social filters), and sometimes I will just blurt out when someone near me smells attractive. I also know who all of the men in my life are by their scent. In other words, if a close male friend were to leave a t-shirt here, I could tell you who it belongs to without ever having seen him wear it. I don’t know if everyone is like that, or if I am just particularly sensitive to that sort of thing, but how men (for whatever reason, more than women) smell is really significant to me.

ETA:
@rosehips I also recognize that scent and find it appealing.

And, since I just noticed the conversation above, let me just throw in my two cents: I like hairy balls.

ETpro's avatar

@rosehips. I find the scent of cum erotic whichever gender it comes from or is on.

@DigitalBlue Let me back that up by saying I far prefer furry pussies to baby cheeks and certainly to razor stubble. And that hair traps natural scents. Nature put it there for a reason.

Unbroken's avatar

@DigitalBlue I thought I was the only one with armpit fascination.

I have to be stealthy about it guys are rather sensitive even if you reassure them.

As to hairy balls. Not so much, or trimmed. Teeth + hair = Yuck. It does trap the smell though.

I don’t smell women, I think it is because we do much better at hiding the scent. In places and times where smells are noticable there is a cacophony of other stronger smells that easily over power.

@ETpro I think a perfume that mimics the smell would be a disappointment. I much rather the enjoyment of running across a wild errant scent.

Untamed, unbottled and natural, as in there to stay, emanating from a core.

ETpro's avatar

@rosehips Yes, I wondered if honest pheromone perfumes and colognes might soon lead to overkill.

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