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The more important your date, the more likely you are to splash on a little cologne, right? Scent can indeed help close the deal, but maybe not in the way you think. Although she doesn’t consciously sniff out the bedroom-ready pheromones you excrete, her body and sex drive do take notice. These tips will help men and women on a more primal level.
GO AU NATUREL
Let your natural fragrance work its magic. “Pheromones are detectable only when they interact with the bacteria on your skin,” says Nick Neave, PhD, a psychologist at the UK’s Northumbria University. “Wash with unscented soap. This keeps you clean, but it will also let the pheromones flourish.”
LET YOUR BODY BREATHE
Your odoriferous apocrine glands – located in your armpits and pubic region – are pheromone-producing powerhouses, Neave says. Your natural scent hitches a ride in your sweat and clings to body hair surrounding those areas. So take it easy on the manscaping.
NO PILL, NO PROBLEM
A 2002 Northumbria University study found that oral contraceptives impair a woman’s ability to sniff out male pheromones. If she’s Pill-free, she’ll react directly to your scent. Try our favourite barely there condom: the Durex Fetherlite Ultima ($14.20 for a pack of 12, www.durexplayshop.com.sg).
SLIP INTO SOME SANDALWOOD
If you want a scent-safety net, select a fragrance with sandalwood. Its woodsy smell – spicy but sweet – is often associated with a wild boar pheromone. Better yet, it’s thought to engage women’s most basic animal instincts, studies have shown.