A few days ago, I ran across a fascinating article on a how a person's scent attracts those from the opposite sex. This is probably common knowledge, but it shed light on a few uncommon aspects of scent in relationships. A few snippets:
- Women are highly attracted to male sweat, but there are two kinds. There is a strong attraction to "fresh sweat" which hasn't had much time to interact with oxygen (androstenol) but a strong repulsion to oxidized sweat (androstenone).
- The range of attraction of androstenol is 18 inches but has been known to attract men, as well (I'm assuming they meant in a heterosexual context given the male/female dynamic in the article), which obviously complicates matters.
- Cologne and perfume can be effective in attracting those of the opposite sex but not in a way you would think. The person wearing the scent experiences a boost in mood, making them more appealing rather than the common belief that body sprays and whatnot attract others based on the smell of the product, alone.
This made me pause for a second because I looked back on all the times perfume did make me stop in my tracks when passing a woman. I know pheromones play a big role, but I think the power of perfume/cologne are underestimated.
This also brings up another interesting question: if you're initially attracted to someone based on their scent product rather than their natural scent, are you more or less likely to be continually attracted to them if they stop wearing the product?
What do you think? How much does scent play role in your attraction to the opposite sex?