Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why don’t pheromone sprays really work on people?” you ask? Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why is my boyfriend always sneaking sniffs of my dirty laundry?” Seriously? Maybe you’re just so sexy that even your dirty unmentionables smell heavenly. Maybe he has an uncontrollable fetish. Maybe he’s just a pig. )
Speaking of pigs, you’re not gonna believe how well that nasty question above ties in to our answer to the main question. Still, before we get into why you shouldn’t count on store-bought pheromone sprays helping you score on Valentine’s Day (or any other time), let’s review.
According to Live Science, the term “pheromone” was coined in 1959 by Peter Karlson and Martin Lüscher. The term refers to odors that animals emit which are detected by others in the same species. (1959 was also the year that scientists identified bombykai, the first pheromone, in silk moths.)
Science World explains that it is “the releasers in the pheromones that increase the chances of attraction in animals.” Unfortunately, pheromone sprays don’t really work on people because science has not quite gotten it down yet when it comes to people.
We, humans, have a much more complex group of pheromones. We have a significant variety of smells with which we are familiar. We have many scents we like and dislike. We are all unique too in terms of how we react to the scents of others.
Patrick Allan of Lifehacker confirms this. He notes: “While it is true that pheromones are a natural means to attract others, no two people are the same when it comes to how they react. Essentially, there’s no perfect pheromone that works for everyone . . . ”
In college, your randy writer experimented with pheromone sprays himself. It turns out he got just as much action being fresh out of the shower with a bit of aftershave as he did with a mail-order pheromone spray. (Oddly enough, it was made with animal sweat of some sort.)
Allan adds that another reason pheromone sprays don’t work is that the “spray-on varieties aren’t even chemically built for humans!”
He continues: “Most (pheromone sprays) you can purchase include these compounds: Androstenone, Androstadienone, and Androstenol. They are in fact effective compounds, but only if you’re trying to attract a pig.” (Well, gee, pal sometimes it’s any port in a storm, ya know? Must we judge morally casual women so harshly?)
Allan adds that the above “compounds have been isolated from pigs—(See?)–and have been proven to work on pigs—(Ah, the four-legged kind)–but there’s no evidence to support them working on humans whatsoever.”
Basically, the only thing pheromone sprays are guaranteed to do is potentially overpower your natural pheromones. .
Why don’t pheromone sprays really work on people? Now you know.
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