Desire is, at its most literal, "the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state. Since Aristotle, philosophers and theorists have considered desire the impetus for just about everything; desire is possibility. Typically, we tend to think of desire as an emotion — that is, arising from our mental status, akin to affection or anger or grief or surprise or ecstasy.
The attractive powers of pheromones scented sex hormones have often been exaggerated — not least by advertisers trying to sell pheromone-based scents and sprays which they claim will make men irresistible to women. Widely publicised research findings on female sensitivity to male pheromones have also led some men to believe that the odour of their natural sweat is highly attractive to women. Women are indeed highly sensitive to male pheromones, particularly around ovulation, but many popular assumptions about the effects of these pheromones are the result of misinterpretation and over-simplification of the research results.
Pheromones are substances which are secreted to the outside by an individual and received by a second individual of the same species. Many examples exist in animals but their role in humans remains uncertain since adults have no functioning vomeronasal organ, which processes pheromone signals in animals. Yet pheromones can be detected by the olfactory system although humans under develop and underrate their smelling sense.
There are thousands of them out there, promising to bring your sex life to new vistas. Some you take in pill form. We are, after all, complex organisms who steer our own course in life. So what are pheromones, and are we influenced by them?
Odour is sensory stimulation of the olfactory membrane of the nose by a group of molecules. Body odour may provide significant cues about the genetic quality, health and reproductive success of a potential mate. The major histocompatibility complex genes are important for the immune system, and appear to play a role in sexual attraction via body odour.
Have you ever been attracted to someone as soon as you meet them, but you do not know why? Maybe they are just average looking, they are not wearing fancy clothes or showing off in a way that would attract someone, but there you are, standing right next to them, and you are feeling suddenly attracted to the person? Love at first sight, lust and intense attraction can all be a part of a pheromonal attraction that is common humans and other animal species.
This was no fetish party, but an attempt at seduction through smell. If you like what you smell, a date with the owner could be on the cards. This olfactory outing was a success, and subsequent Pheromone Parties have now been held in Los Angeles and London.
You have probably heard about pheromones. Chemicals that you let out, which indicate that you're in love or are in the mood. However, you probably have no idea what they are or how they work.