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What are pheromone fragrances and how do they work?

28/03/2024 13:28
What are pheromone fragrances and how do they work?

What are pheromone fragrances, how do they work and when do they use them?

Perfumes can have a major impact on social interactions and on the general and individual perception of the attractiveness, personality, and mood of each individual. They can influence how we are perceived by others, increase self-confidence, and even emphasize certain traits or emotions. Perfumes with pheromones, which can increase physical attraction between individuals, are a special category of perfumes. Although there is some debate among researchers about the effectiveness of pheromone fragrances in attracting partners, many people believe that pheromones in fragrances can subtly enhance physical attraction.

What are pheromones?

Pheromones are chemicals released into the environment that can influence the behavior or reactions of other individuals of the same species. Perfume pheromones can be detected by people's olfactory or gustatory receptors and trigger various physiological or behavioral responses.

Types of pheromones

There are several types of pheromones, and each has its specific role in the behavior and social interactions of the individual. These types include androstenone, androstenol, copulins and androsterone.


Androstenone is a steroid pheromone produced mainly by male species, associated with sexual attraction. Known for its powerful effect on the behavior of those around it, androstenone has a subtle and slightly muscular odor, sometimes described as similar to the smell of skin.


Androstenol is another pheromone found in both men and women associated with sexual attraction and positive social interactions. Perfumes containing androstenols pheromones have a subtle smell with woody and spicy shades.


Copulins are pheromones secreted by females during ovulation, thought to have an impact on sexual attraction and intersex communication. It is believed that pheromones in the copulins class can influence male behavior and enhance the attractiveness of women.


Androsterone is a type of pheromone that is produced mainly by men and, to a lesser extent, by women, secreted mainly by sweating. In the perfume industry, androsterone is often used as a key ingredient in creating fragrances that attract and stimulate sexual attraction.

What are pheromone perfumes? 

Perfumes with pheromones (aphrodisiacs), designed to attract the subconscious and create an impression of confidence and attraction, are fragrances that contain natural or synthetic pheromones. Perfumes with pheromones have a subtle influence in social interactions, being suitable for romantic situations where you want to establish a strong connection with your partner. Studies show that exposure to aphrodisiac fragrances can have different effects on others, including increased attraction and perception of masculinity or femininity.

The idea of using pheromones to influence human behavior has been researched and discussed since the '70s. However, pheromone fragrances began to become popular only in the 90s, when they were introduced to the market as a form of enhancing sexual attractiveness. Although there are divided opinions about their effectiveness, pheromone fragrances have gained popularity especially among those who seek to more easily attract the attention of others. While regular fragrances focus on flavours and olfactory notes to create a pleasant experience for the wearer, pheromone fragrances also aim to influence the behavior of others in a subtle way.

How do pheromone perfumes work? When should it be used? 

Pheromone perfumes work by subtly releasing pheromones into the air, which are received by the olfactory receptors of those around them. Pheromones can influence the subconscious of exposed people and trigger emotional and behavioral reactions that may include increased sexual attraction or interest in the fragrance carrier. The effect of a pheromone perfume can vary from person to person, and some studies claim it can help increase self-confidence and interpersonal attraction.

What type of perfume with pheromones to choose?  

There are many factors that can influence how the perfume with pheromones is perceived by those around, and how people exposed to the fragrance react to it. pH of the skin, which is, for example, it can influence how a fragrance interacts with the skin and how its notes develop throughout the day. For this reason, it is advisable to test the fragrances on your skin to see how they react and how the smell matches your body chemistry.

The olfactory family also determines the character and the dominant note of the perfume with pheromones. Each olfactory family brings with it its own flavors and impressions. For example, a perfume with pheromones of the floral olfactory family will have predominant flower notes, while one of the woody olfactory family will be characterized by woody and earthy aromas. Choosing a particular olfactory family can help define your personality and style and influence how you are perceived by others.

Last but not least, aphrodisiac fragrances can be chosen depending on the season and the occasion. For example, in the warm season, you can opt for fresher and lighter fragrances, while in the cold season it is preferable to opt for richer and more spicy fragrances. You can also choose a perfume with pheromones depending on the occasion you wear it, whether it is a romantic date or a business meeting.

How to apply perfume with pheromones?

Perfumes with pheromones are applied similarly to ordinary perfumes. Usually, 2-3 sprays are enough to distribute the flavor properly. However, the dose may vary depending on the fragrance concentration and individual preferences. The place where perfume is sprayed is a personal choice and may vary depending on your preference. It is important to avoid excessive application of a perfume with pheromones, since its smell can become unpleasant for those around it.