What is the Smell of Sex?
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A look at odors that inspire ardor:
Androstenol is the scent produced by fresh male sweat and is attractive to females. Androstenone is produced by male sweat after exposure to oxygen — i.e. when less fresh — and is perceived as highly unpleasant by females (except during ovulation, when their responses change from ‘negative’ to ‘neutral’),” according to Kate Fox, director of the SIRC and author of the study.
But all hope isn’t lost for all you men out there who don’t feel at home on the field/court/rink. The culinarily-inclined can also benefit from pheromones. Many scents of common foods and food combinations have been shown to increase sexual stimulation, including black licorice, cinnamon buns and a pumpkin pie/lavender combination.
To learn what excites women and which smells are antisexual read: Scent-sational sex