A few seasons ago on an episode of The Big Bang Theory, one character advised her son that if he wanted to hook up with the leading lady, he should find out what kind of cologne her father wears. It turns out the suggestion isn't too far off the mark. When it comes to love, scent is powerful stuff.
Our sense of smell affects everything from what we buy to who we date. Some smells evoke powerful memories, which affects our mood. Other scents may actually stimulate the brain. And then there's the buzz about pheromones; odorless chemicals that can prompt a biological response.
While scientists have yet to find a true "sexual attraction" pheromone, our personal smell is seriously important. Some studies have found that people who are " immunologically dissimilar," that is to say they'd make genetically healthy babies, smell more attractive.
Since skipping showers is not the best way to land a date, let's consider mixing a scented potion to help attract that dreamboat. But what smell should you choose? The answer could depend on a number of things. Certain smells, like pumpkin pie, evoke warm feelings in guys in our culture; probably because of happy holiday associations. Other popular affection-inducing scents for men include doughnuts, lavender, oriental spice, and cola. Trying to get a lady in the mood? Vanilla, jasmine and musk might do the trick.
Once you've chosen your scent, it's time to mix things up. Look for products off the shelf and consider too where best to wear it on your body. Want a guy to bury his nose in your hair? Use a sweet shampoo. To lure your love into a scented bath, try a potion that packs a fizzy punch.
For your own concoction you'll need one cup of baking soda, 3/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup Epsom salt and 1/2 cup powdered citric acid. Mix the ingredients well in a glass bowl. Now grab a spray bottle filled with water and slowly spritz the mix until it's damp but not soaked, or you'll set off the fizz. Now add at least 10 drops of an essential oil in whatever scent you wish. Mix well and then pack into a silicone ice cube tray. Let it dry for a few hours, then carefully pop it out the little lumps of love potential.
Once you drop your creation into the tub the water allows the acid and soda to mix and react, releasing relaxing bubbles and the carefully chosen scent.
There are companies that offer synthetic pheromones for sale and you could add it to a homemade creation. But with little science to back up their efficacy, your time and money might be better spent doing some psychological sleuthing.
Love of certain scents is entwined with personal experience. If the object of your affection is from another land, you may want to dig into what smells make her feel happy. And depending on the nature of his relationship, you might want to consider scenting your shampoo with something similar to his motherís perfume. Creepy? Maybe. But allís fair in love and war.
You will need:
- Powdered citric acid
- Epsom Salt
- Baking Soda
- Spray Bottle
- Essential oil in scent(s) of your choice
Make your own...
Scented shower gel:
Mix 1 tablespoon of unflavoured gelatin with 1/2 cup water and heat in the microwave for one minute. Stir it up and then pour into a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of baby shampoo or liquid soap and whatever scent you wish. Store in a small squeeze bottle.
Mix 1/4 cup liquid castile soap with 1/4 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon of a light vegetable oil, like jojoba. Scent with the essential oil of your choice. Store in a flip-top bottle and lather up!
Where do I find all this stuff?
Most of the products mentioned including powdered citric acid, essential oils and castile soap can be found at higher end grocery stores or stores that carry a lot of natural and/or organic products. If you can't find them near where you live, all are readily available online.