The Science Behind Pheromones

Updated January 2023. The word “pheromone” is used to describe a certain type of chemical that can be picked up by the human olfactory sensors found inside a person’s mouth, signaling primal things such as attraction, territory marking, the presence of danger or a sexually open mate.

Pheromones were initially discovered in the 1950’s by a German scientist and Swiss entomologist. These two scientists were one day carrying out experiments on termites that were seen to excrete certain substances which made them more alluring to other termites.

The two scientists thus coined a word in Greek by forming a portmanteau of two words, “pherein” which is translated into to “carry” and “hormone”, which means ‘to excite’. This then evolved over a number of years to form the word “pheromone” which is widely marketed in the modern world as a substance used to attract mates and influence human behavior.


horse running in fieldPheromone and Animal Behavior

Perhaps the most important indicator into the effectiveness of pheromones lies in the way this chemical substance influences animal behavior.

For instance, male stud pigs secrete a certain pheromone which makes sows assume a receptive position, making mating more likely as well as successful.

This pheromone, known as androstenone, is purchased and used by farmers instead of keeping a male stud pig for breeding with sows. Other animals such as monkeys have also been known to ignore female members of the species should they not be able to detect pheromones signaling facilities.

The Role of the Vomeronasal Organ

couple undressingA part of the body found in the roof of the mouth of most, if not all mammals is thought to play a large role in the detection of pheromones. This section of the mouth, known as the vomeronasal organ or (VNO) in short is connected though not directly to the olfactory system.

This system develops before birth and becomes fully-formed in a few short months. The VNO is designed to detect molecules dissolved in liquids, which makes sense given how pheromones are delivered.

Pheromones are mostly expressed through sweat. However, they are also expressed via sexual fluids as well as saliva and urine. This makes the licking and overt sniffing action of animals such as dogs seem logical and natural; this is their way of finding potential genetic mates as well as sussing out dominance as well as asserting their claim over certain territories.

Scientists are still on the fence with regard to the effectiveness of pheromones. This is because some people are affected by certain pheromones, while others are not. It has thus become very difficult for marketers to come up with something that will have the same effect all round and in a universal manner.

dominate womenHuman Sex Pheromones

Although numerous studies have been and continue to be conducted on human sex pheromones, they haven’t led to isolating the elusive human sex pheromone.

Humans are keenly dependent on visual aspects of sexual interaction, but smells are a large part of sociosexual behaviors. The majority of studies concentrate on putative human pheromones. Vagina aliphatic acids, axillary stereoids and a number of vomeronasal organ stimulators.

Changes humans undergo during puberty indicate humans communicate through smells and odors. When the testes, apocrine glands, ovaries and adrenal glands become active pheromones such as androsterone, androstenol, androstadienone, androstadienol and androstenone are produced.

women in red lingerieThese are the main hormones or pheromones used in popular synthetic pheromone products on the market. Synthetic pheromone companies mix and match these pheromones to design blends which have a specific purpose.

They advertise their pheromone blends can be used to make one more friendly, sexually attractive, appear as the alpha male, cause women to be more open and talkative and many other designed behaviors.

Studies have proven androstenol causes changes in women’s menstrual cycles. Androstenone is known to be pleasant to women close to ovulation in her menstrual cycle which is how men detect she is available for sexual interaction.  

Pheromones come in two types:

  • Primer pheromones
  • Releaser pheromones

Primer pheromones usually influence behavior that plays out for a long period of time such as ovulation and the release for certain pheromones. Releaser pheromones, on the other hand, are excreted in response to immediate behavior such as copulation.

cute coupleIt is also important to note that many pheromones don’t have a scent, which is something that may surprise a lot of people. This is because they work a subconscious level, and they are picked up by the VNO organ which is, at any given time, surrounded by a liquid medium which acts as an effective carrier.

Sweating and Pheromones

Underarm sweat can play a large role in the expression of pheromones. This is because sweat, primarily made of carbon chain acids, contains a testosterone derivative called androstenedione. This compound is what’s thought to carry pheromones, sending attraction signals to females. Because men tend to have more sebaceous glands, it follows that men produce more pheromones than women.

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Before buying pheromones, here are a couple of things you need to keep in mind:

  • Be aware of the pheromone content in terms of milligrams per bottle. The higher the milligram level, the more concentrated it is. Because of this, you really want to make sure not to apply too much of this pheromone.
  • It’s a good idea to test out the pheromone on a certain part of your skin such as your inner wrist to see if it reacts to your skin adversely. In addition, consider getting an unscented pheromone if you prefer to use your own cologne or perfume.

By doing adequate research, you’ll have the needed knowledge to help you pick your ideal pheromone, boosting your chances of eliciting your target desired behavior. Check out my Best Pheromones For Men Page if your ready to change your dating life style.