There’s a good chance you’ve wondered, “what’s the difference between pheromone oils and pheromone sprays?” and the simplest answer is: they both have the same active ingredients but in different quantities and with different solvents.
Of course, there’s more to it than that. The answers are explained in this Updated 2023 article, what sets them apart and how you can be sure you’re getting the right type of product for you.
But first, it’s important you understand that just because someone swears by a product or method of delivery (i.e. oils vs. sprays) doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to get the same results.
Everyone’s chemistry is a little different, but knowing how these delivery methods work is the first step to feeling empowered while you use them.
Differences Between Oils vs. Sprays
- Pheromone oils last longer and the effects build up over time, whereas pheromone sprays are quicker diffusing. The reason for this is that sprays are alcohol based and alcohol quickly evaporates. Depending on your situation you may need something that hits hard and fast, and this is where sprays excel.
- In hotter climates, oil based pheromones are more effective. The hotter it is the faster alcohol evaporates, and yet oils are capable of withstanding the heat. Consider where you live as well as where you’ll be in order to help you choose between oils and sprays.
- Alcohol based products cover a wider area than oil based pheromones. This is neither good nor bad, just something to be aware of. On the one hand, most pheromone sprays will catch the attention of someone 10-15 feet away. On the other hand, pheromone oils are only effective when you’re within 4-8 feet of your intended target. In either case, closer is better.
- It’s common for pheromone oils to last between 8 and 10 hours, whereas alcohol based products will last 4-8 hours at best. The specific brand you’re using, your body chemistry and other factors such as the weather can have an affect on how long the effects last.
- Pheromone oils are a solid choice. Not only do oils tend to have a higher concentration of pheromones per mL of solvent, but they also do a better job of mimicking the way our bodies naturally secrete pheromones. Oils take longer but get “deeper”, making them more realistic.
Does This Mean Pheromone Oils Are the Obvious Choice?
They’re an excellent choice—that much is certain. But they’re not you’re only option and they won’t always come out on top.
If you’re in a fast-paced environment with plenty of people and lots of activity, you may not have the opportunity to spend a sustained amount of time in close proximity to the person you’re trying to attract.
In situations like these you’ll usually be better equipped with alcohol based pheromones.
Now even though pheromone sprays use alcohol as a solvent, most companies will include minuscule amounts of oil in their mixtures in order to balance the pheromones.
This makes it last longer while also improving the overall effectiveness of alcohol based versions. Without a little bit of oil, or often Dipropylene Glycol to be more specific, the alcohol would evaporate in less than an hour.
Still Having Trouble Deciding Between the Two?
If it’s your first time delving into the world of pheromones then I’m excited for you! But also somewhat envious. The truth is you’ve got a lot to look forward to and as a beginner there are no wrong choices, just valuable learning experiences.
With practice and experimentation you’ll quickly learn which method of delivery works best for you. If you can afford to try both the oil version and the spray version of a product you’ll have first hand experience to base your judgments off of.
However, if you’re strapped for cash I’d recommend giving pheromone oils a try unless you’re certain sprays will work better for your purposes. They may not project as far but they last longer and are far more concentrated than their alcohol based counterparts.
One other important aspect to consider especially if your on a budget, many pheromone companies stopped offering a money back guarantee on oil blend products in cold climates. This is due to oil blends require a hot climate with prolong exposure time to be effective. Most pheromone companies will replace defective oil blend products but recommend using pheromone sprays in cold areas.
One final consideration is that some pheromone products now offer gel versions of their products and these are certainly worth trying. Depending on the brand, they may perform differently than both the oil and alcohol versions of the same product.
The best part is that gels are pushing the limits of what’s possible with pheromones by improving the duration and diffusion of these potent fragrances.