The scent we give off – chemicals known as pheromones – are believed to play a big role in attraction.
One woman has gone to extremes to put this to test: by using her own vaginal secretions as an aphrodisiac perfume to attract men.
After carrying out some research into how, writer Allison Ramirez discovered ‘you basically just have to stick a finger down there and then use said finger to dab your “natural perfume” on your pulse points.’
According to the history books, this was a method of seduction used by courtesans of medieval Europe, who spritzed their vaginal secretions behind their ears and necks and on their chests.
But Allison felt this was ‘a bit uncivilized’ and enlisted the help of a perfume maker to create her own personalised scent.
The ’20-something’ social media manager tested the product on a string of dates and was pleasantly surprised to find it worked. One romantic encounter ended with a smooch in a photo booth and another led to a text to meet up again.
Here she reveals in more detail all about her encounters armed with her ‘secret weapon’.
The Los Angles journalist, who carried as part of an experiment for a Cosmopolitan feature, consulted with Saskia Wilson-Brown, the founder and director of the Institute for Art and Olfaction, who runs perfume making workshops.
She told her that essential oils rose, cinnamon, aniseed, and benzoin have aphrodisiac qualities and could work mixed with her womanly juices.
However, she warned that ‘body fluids and sweat are not stable, and probably wouldn’t do well in a formula’.
Saskia also informed her scents like pumpkin pie, lavender, licorice, and doughnuts have been found to increase blood flow to a man’s erection in a study carried out by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.
In the end, Allison settled on creating a sweet-smelling scent of her vagina secretions mixed with cedar, rose and civette.
Armed with her ‘secret weapon’, Allison then tested out her new perfume by going out on dates.
On the first night, she met up with an old friend and ended up sharing a drunken kiss with him in a photo booth.
‘Then all of a sudden, teeth!’ she wrote. ‘It was funny, but it also kind of hurt.’
She says he replied: ‘I can’t help it. It’s that scent you have.’
Allison added: ‘The rest of the night was a blur, but his comment and actions were a pretty good indicator that my perfume was working.’
The next day she reported reapplying the purfume and visiting a McDonald’s, where she says ‘the cashier was a little nicer to me than normal’.
‘He usually rings me up without speaking to me, and this time I got a smile,’ she explained.
Days later, Allison wore her scent for a date with a friend of a friend.
She revealed he didn’t say or do anything during the date to indicate the perfume had worked but he did text her later saying he had fun and asking her out again.