What are Pheromones?
Pheromones are natural chemical scents the body produces in order to communicate with others nearby. They are well documented in the animal kingdom as the force that controls all social behavior, including mating. Scientists are now finding that human behavior is also heavily influenced by these invisible airborne chemicals.
Scientists have long known that odors and subliminal scents - sex attractants or pheromones - influence how animals develop, mate, bond, and nurture their offspring. Recently, scientists discovered that human animals are no exception. Odors can accelerate puberty, control women's menstrual cycles, and even influence sexual orientation. They help us tell lovers and family members from strangers and let mothers and infants bond. Odors affect how often we have sex, and with whom. They influence how the brain develops, what we remember, and how we learn. (James Kohl - Researcher)
Are your pheromones human or animal?
They are all human pheromones. No company uses animal pheromones anymore. That was a problem long ago, maybe, but not now. Nowadays the pheromones you find in popular products are made in a laboratory. It is just as easy to make human pheromones as it is to make animal pheromones, so there is not much point in making the wrong ones. Long ago musk perfume used to come exclusively from the animal known as the musk deer. Nowadays we can make that in a lab too, so the animals are safe from slaughter.
Some companies try to scare their customers by telling them about the use of animal pheromones, but it is just propaganda, so they are probably the ones you should worry about. No company uses animal pheromones anymore, but some companies use very very little pheromones or even none at all. THAT is what you have to worry about, not animal pheromones.
Do pheromones have a smell? I thought they were scentless.
Anyone who owns a bottle of Primal Instinct or AFA or NPA can tell you that if you get a good nose full of androstenone that it has a smell. It is a musky, smell that some customers have even described as "BO". That is what one particular pheromone (androstenone) smells like. The "scentless" claim just means that pheromones are effective at levels undetectable with our normal smelling system. The magic mood-lift and attraction that users report comes as the result of the activation of a special set of organs in the nose, called the VNO (vomeronasal organs) not our normal sense of smell. So, the real pheromone effect happens subconsciously, and doesn't require that others get that musky smell. It's like the subliminal message on self-help tapes. The sound is there and you can hear it, but it slips in underneath other sounds on the tape. The pheromone smell is there, but you don't really notice it, because of other smells. That is why many people use a good cologne (or naturally scented oil) with unscented pheromone products like Primal Instinct. It blends with the pheromone smell and makes it a little more digestible (approachable). Also, if you are wearing a sexy cologne or perfume, it will wake up the sense of smell of your target, he/she will intentionally make an effort to get a good whiff of you, and then the pheromones go to work. The fragrance works as a carrier for the pheromones.
What does "VNO" mean??
VNO stands for Vomeronasal Organs. They are 2 small sensory organs located in the nose that operate separately from the part of our nose that detect normal smells. The VNO is used by the body to detect pheromones only. Some say the VNO represents a 6th sense!
Are these just for heterosexuals?
Pheromones are not just for heterosexuals or any kind of "sexuals" for that matter. Pheromones can be used to make you seem and feel more attractive and youthful to those around you regardless of your goals, sexual or otherwise. Whether you are male or female gay or straight, I am convinced that supplemental pheromones can enrich your social life.
What is the difference between androstenone and androstenol?
They are both testosterone-linked pheromones and produced in different ratios on the bodies of both men and women. Some people say that androstenone is more "male", "macho" or "strong" than androstenol. Primal Instinct contains only androstenone, and is proud of the fact, while the product "Attraction" and most of the Stone Lab products contain both.
I read that alcohol destroys pheromones. Is that true?
No, there is no evidence that alcohol destroys pheromones. In fact, alcohol may destroy bacteria that can break pheromones down slowly over time. Pure oil-base pheromone samples and products like Primal Instinct do seem to lose some potency with age, but it is a slow process that takes years and can be avoided to some extent by storing such products away from sunlight and heat, and keeping the cap on tightly.
Bottom line is... there are products that are entirely oil-base (eg: Primal Instinct); products that are entirely alcohol-base (eg: the Edge); and products that contain both alcohol and oil (eg: the Stone Lab products). All three have their fans for various reasons. Rumors that one or the other type is useless have probably been created by marketing propaganda.