Sense of smell is said to be the strongest of the senses and in studies exploring the importance of scent, the majority of the results show that over 50% deem the scent of a potential partner to be very important to them. What you may not know is that there is a scientific reason behind this.
We’ve all probably seen adverts where someone will put on a fragrance and they will then be followed around by many people who are usually of the opposite sex, as if the fragrance has some sort of love potion. Of course this is exaggerated however, there is some truth to this. This is the part where I tell you about Pheromones. A pheromone is a chemical that an animal produces which changes the behaviour of another animal of the same species. Originally, it was thought that pheromones were only present in animals however, scientists later begun to explore the possibility of us humans having pheromones also. Studies suggest they are excreted by several areas of the body, including the skin, sweat glands, saliva, and urine.
The scientific study of smells (Osmics/Osmology), has found that men and women can be attracted to each other through pheromones. They can stimulate arousal and send sexual signals. It is possible that you are attracted to certain people due to their pheromones and you may even pick your soul mate by subconsciously reacting to them. You will obviously be unaware that this is happening. There was an experiment into this called ‘The White T-Shirt Test’ that found that women generally preferred the odours of T-shirts that had been worn by strangers who were genetically compatible with them, and were turned off by those who they were genetically incompatible with. Here is more information on this experiment:
Pheromones can apply to both a person’s natural scent, and the fragrance that they choose to wear.