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Can Perfume and Certain Smells Really Trigger An Aphrodisiac Effect?

Updated on May 3, 2013

There are certain food and drinks that have claimed to have an Aphrodisiac effect(having a somewhat powerful impact on the human brain). They are thought to trigger the release of special chemicals in the brain which then stimulate certain organs to cause and arousal in men. Some of these foods include oysters, chocolate, chili, egg, pumpkin seeds, alcoholic beverages and more.

There are also a variety of plants and herbs which have been used for decades in traditional medicine around the world to restore or enhance a desire for love making. However, it is still not quite clear or otherwise debatable as to whether or not certain odors can produce the same aphrodisiac effects in men.

According to scientists, odors exert a powerful influence on mating activity in most animals. Researchers claim they have discovered that when urine from a female mouse in estrus was placed on the back of a male mouse, other male mice sexually assaulted him.

Although it has has already been discovered that the sexual activity of animals is affected by odor, still little is known about the phenomenon in humans. Although scientist believe all three types of sweat glands in human respond to emotion and sexual arousal, no one has ever convincingly established that body odor or any other odor plays a significant role in human sexual relations or reproduction.

Based on a study conducted in the late 1990 by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, among all the odors tested, the combination of pumpkin pie and lavender produced the greatest increase in arousal ( a 40% increase in the penile blood flow).

The odors from the above mentioned foods were found to be the most sexually tantalizing of all food tested in the study. Like pumpkin pie, and lavender products, perfumes are also said to have an arousal effect on men. Today, the fragrance industry has been reaping millions of dollars annually from the marketing of body fragrances and perfumes such as Gucci Rush, Channel Coco, Madaemoiselle, Light blue, Obsession, Eternity, White Diamonds and many others.

These fragrances are all designed to appeal or to attract someone's attention. For several years, these allegedly potent odors of these fragrances have appeared in media stories coverages concerning male aphrodisiacs. The food industry has also been cashing in on their claim that the odors of pumpkin pie and lavender, and other food smells like doughnut and licorice, all have aphrodisiac effects.


In humans, it is not clear as to whether or not odors emitted by the opposite sex are sexually arousing to the extent that they are, however, women seem more sensitive to them than men. Yet, in neither sex some odor seem to play the important role as they do in other species. Despite this, many people continue to firmly embrace the belief that certain odors have an aphrodisiac(sexually arousing)effect, as perfume advertisement indicates. However, I think this is still debatable! As a matter of fact, I personally cannot dispute anyone's experience.


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    • mackyi profile image

      I.W. McFarlane 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Lol,like I have said in my conclusion,I will not try to dispute "anyone's opinion" or even his personal experience.

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Voted up and interesting. While our urges are often tamed compared to that of animals (except when inebriated lol), it is pretty certain that they are still somewhat affected by odors.