I do not usually talk about make-up or other accessories or artifice in the name of love, but today I have to tell you all about this “goddess-maker”
After months of going to the gym and working out in silence, one day, a male coach wanted to talk. “What do you do for a living?” the stranger asked. “Do you live by the beach?” And then he told me: “I’ve never trained someone who smells so nice!”
I wasn’t wearing a skimpier top than usual, and I hadn’t recently gotten a boob job. The only thing I’d changed was my perfume.
I was my own guineapig
For a week, I’d been wearing synthetic pheromones “guaranteed” to make me more attractive to other humans. The Pheromone Advantage…
I soon found myself having full-on conversations with both men and women while running the gym’s stairs and lifting weights. Taxi drivers struck up conversations. Bartenders smiled at me, and one night, a girl walked across a room to tell me she loved my plain black dress. I also got compliments on my unwashed hair.
“Pheromone perfume” has been around since the 1990´s, but I have never seen it backed with this many statements and scientifically prove of the actual effect.
I was curious to test-drive the so-called love potions myself. So I ordered Pheromone Advantage and took it for a spin in a highly unscientific yet enlightening experiment.
We spend so much time obsessing over how to make ourselves more attractive—but has the secret been under our noses this whole time?
Bottled sex appeal
The story of pheromone perfumes is, in many ways, the story of pheromones themselves—which first became a household name nearly thirty years ago, when a biologist named Winifred Cutler and her team announced they had proven the existence of the so-called attraction chemicals in humans in a study.
For those unfamiliar, pheromones are chemicals secreted by an animal that change the behavior of another animal of the same species. There’s a misconception that pheromones are equivalent to a scent—but really, we “detect” them more than we “smell” them. Research has shown without a doubt that pheromones are real throughout the animal kingdom, but their history in humans is more controversial.
The Not-so scientifically behavior of humans
Just a few years ago, in 2012, pheromone parties took off, trending from Los Angeles to New York. The soirees basically worked like speed dating, but instead of chatting, daters let biology do the picking.
During these events, single people would pick potential dates by smelling their sweaty T-shirts. The trend was either very sexy or very unsexy, depending on your perspective. But either way the trend was there and that tells me that there must be something.
I was inspired to try the pheromones for myself
In part thanks to the products’ surprisingly glowing customer reviews. Many have four out of five stars, and many buyers seem to believe the pheromones work, at least in the sense that people (of both genders) were nicer to them. Many women claimed their boyfriends and husbands were more attentive. Words like “nuzzling” and “cuddling” were often used to describe the interactions:
I was told that pheromones are not instant—they work better the longer you wear them, so I wore them for more than a week, applying them daily to my mustache area (my upper lip), as well as on my neck and under my ears.
The verdict of my highly unscientific study?
I am pretty sure men were more attracted to me and people were definitely nicer while I was wearing Pheromone Advantage.
But perhaps more notable, I walked around feeling like everyone liked me. Which is what people reported about the pheromone products in the reviews. As one 51-year-old woman wrote “It does affect me. It makes me feel more confident and alive.”
Even if the niceness was in my head, there’s something to be said for feeling like people wanted to talk to me. We all know confidence is sexy, and I can say without a doubt that I felt more confident with pheromones than without them.
Like any good cosmetic, Pheromone Advantage made me believe I was more attractive—a belief that became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Would I be willing to regularly shell out hundreds of dollars to feel that way?
That feeling and attention is a pure love rush – maybe I will not wear it everyday, but it is now a must have in my make up and accessories drawer.