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Q: pheromones ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: pheromones
Category: Health > Beauty
Asked by: gremlin-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 26 Jan 2003 11:47 PST
Expires: 25 Feb 2003 11:47 PST
Question ID: 148808
How effective are pheromones in making men more attractive to women?
What brands work best?
Subject: Re: pheromones
Answered By: easterangel-ga on 26 Jan 2003 18:20 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi! Thanks for the interesting question. 

Two highly respected news network websites, the BBC and CCN, has
published reports and findings of the effectiveness of pheromones.
Although both say that much research and debate still must be done to
point out the effectiveness of pheromones, there are already evidences
of its effects.

“But now, researchers at the University of Chicago say they have the
first proof that humans produce and react to pheromones.”

“In findings published in the journal Nature, researchers say they
found that female ovulation can be regulated -- made longer or shorter
-- through the use of pheromones.”

CNN: “Study finds proof that humans react to pheromones”  

If you would like to read the studies cited by CNN at the University
of Chicago and at here are the links:

“University of Chicago researchers establish proof of human

“Human pheromones: Communication through body odour”

“Regulation of ovulation by human pheromones”

BBC Articles:

“Dr Dodd said research had shown that people whose marriages were
breaking down often became aware of their partner's body odour.”

“It could be that the person's body odour changes due to the stress in
the relationship or that their partner's perception of it changes, he

BBC:  “Putting pheromones on the map” 

"One substance that has been established as a possible human sexual
pheromone is androstenol. This chemical substance is similar to the
hormone testosterone but is actually secreted by both men and women.
Having been discovered, it has found its way into many perfumes and
soaps with the promise of attracting the perfect partner. Whether it
achieves this or not, however, is unclear.”

“BBC Health - Ask the Doctor: Pheromones” 

“In 1985, researchers at the University of Colorado found evidence
that this organ also exists in most adult humans. So humans could also
respond to pheromones.”

“In 1995, Claus Wedekind of the University of Bern in Switzerland,
asked a group of women to smell some unwashed T-shirts worn by
different men. What he discovered was that women consistently
preferred the smell of men whose immune systems were different from
their own.”

“At the University of Chicago, Dr Martha McClintock has shown in her
own sweaty T-shirt study that what women want most is a man who smells
similar to her father.”

“BBC - Hot Topics - Love – Senses” 


I have not found any extensive reviews of pheromone products but I
found different articles that cite the following:

“The best product I found is called "Primal Instinct". The company
also claims having the highest concentration of Androstenol on the
market. It is unfortunately one of the more expensive products I've
tested as well. One bottle costs $69.95. A link to a site that sells
it can be found at the bottom of this page.”

“Pheromones (Human Pheromones)” 

In this short product review by an independent website, it lists three
different products as good pheromone brands and it also includes
“Primal Instinct”. The website also has great articles (You can find
the links at the sidebar) about the basics of human pheromones.

“Human Pheromones – Product Reviews” 

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Subject: Re: pheromones
From: skermit-ga on 26 Jan 2003 12:13 PST
For the first question, do pheromones work... in so many words yes.
But the question may not be what women are smelling but who. There are
papers which ellude toconsumer human pheromone extracts increasing
sexual appeal, and success in bedding a date, but a lot of research
points to women being more attracted to the way a man smells. Most
strangely, how much a man smells alike in comparison to their father.
In the Discover Channel special, "Science of the Sexes" they did some
simple experiments to test sweat rags on women to find which one
appealed to them the most, and then compared the smell to that of
their fathers. I don't know which brands work best, I haven't see much
on comparisons, and I don't know of any review sites off hand, but
here's what I have so far! Good luck!

Additional Links:

Subject: Re: pheromones
From: maxhodges-ga on 07 Mar 2003 14:26 PST
On a personal note, as someone who has lived in the US, Japan, and
China, I notice a change in my body smell in these different places. I
suspect this is do to the food and possibly the pollution (Beijing is
very polluted.) I smell worst in China which uses lots of low quality
oils and cooks at high temperature (this style of cuisine evolved in
China from the fact that vegetables tended to rot during the long
hauls,) while foods in Japan are much lighter and fresher, due to the
ease with which produce and fish can be moved in an island country.
Japanese in my experience have very little body odor! Almost none! I
use to tell my girlfriend she smelled like paper.

So, according to that last comment, changes in diet might make you
more or less attractive to particular ethnicities. Perhaps ask a girl
if her father drank coffee? Did he smoke? What brand? Menthol? Did he
drink? Whiskey? In fact, simply asking a girl question about herself,
and LISTENING to the answers, is probably going to make you more
successful than the way you smell--unless you smell really bad.
Subject: Re: pheromones
From: bigpaul-ga on 09 Aug 2004 01:27 PDT
First I would like to say that multiple researches, both laboratory
and behavioral  point that pheromones really have impact on our
attractiveness to opposite sex, positive impact of course. Also
hundreds of thousands of people experiences with pheromones confirm
that this is true.

There is good article concerning "Pheromones effectiveness researches"
and general "Do pheromones work?" question here:
There are a lot of links to CNN, BBC, Nature and many other respected
titles talking about pheromones researches and pheromones in general.

It really hard to say What Brands Work Best, because many people have
different experiences. And what is important, using pheromones don't
mean that you can do nothing and women will start to approach you. To
answer this difficult question look at this page, where you can find
independent review with customers opinions about multiple products:

Best wishes for you
Subject: Re: pheromones
From: janemadison-ga on 09 Mar 2005 04:54 PST
See "Pheromone Facts" with information from HARVARD University at

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