How Much Of A Role Does Scent Play In Attraction?


How Much Of A Role Does Scent Play In Attraction?
A woman can smell her mate at an unconscious level

If that natural sexual smell of a man is not masked by too much baby powder or cologne it is strong enough to cause a woman's body to react to him sexually.

A woman's vagina will begin to produce wetness as blood rushes to her nipples, cheeks, ears, and lips, if her attraction to a mans natural pheromones is a biological match for her to breed healthy offspring’s with. Her body will begin to release hormones that make it possible for her to mate. The human female body understands that this man will produce healthy children. The attraction to the smell of this man is purely on a animal instinctual level, not a conscious level.


The science behind sexual smell and pheromones has been studied time and time again. It has been proven that a women’s keen sense of smell to attract the right biological mate for her is one of the most powerful sense she has in producing a gene match to insure healthy children.

One experiment done several times over is the sweaty T-shirt experiment:

In one of the first studies Swiss zoologist, Claus Wedekind wanted to test a woman’s sense of smell to male odors. He put together 49 women and 44 men that were selected for their variety of MHC gene types. The men were given clean T-shirts and were told to wear them for two nights. The scientist then placed the T-shirts in a box. (Sniff box) and asked each woman to come in and smell the shirt. Their task was to sample the odor of seven boxes and describe each odor as to intensity, pleasantness and sexiness.

The results were striking and showed that overall the women preferred the scent of the male whose MHC gene were different from their own. The reason why this is such an important study, is that it explains how a woman’s sense of smell can help her to mate with a person that she is not related to biologically, (interbreeding) Two people producing children with similar genetic makeup’s can cause a child to be born with a myriad of problems.

The next time you think that you have "love at first sight", remember it may really be "love at first scent!"

This article was originally published at . Reprinted with permission.
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Dr. Dawn Michael

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Dawn Michael PhD ACS

Location: Westlake Village, CA
Credentials: BA, MA, PhD
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