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Q: I was wondering if you can tell me which essential oils are high in pheromones? I was told that men may be attracted to certain essential oils like an aphrodisiac. I appreciate your response, T.
A: Thank you for your interest in essential oils and aromatherapy. Pheromones are chemical substances produced by certain animals and insects which function to attract others of the same species for the purpose of mating. There has been much debate as to whether or not human beings produce pheromones which attract members of the opposite sex and also as to whether or not animal derived pheromones have any effect on humans. Since pheromones are produced by animals and insects, essential oils do not contain pheromones because essential oils come only from plants.
On the other hand, sexual attraction and smell are certainly connected, even when pheromones are not involved - this is why the perfume industry is so successful. In aromatherapy, two essential oils have the reputation of increasing one's attractiveness to the opposite sex and these are Jasmine Absolute and Sandalwood Essential Oil. I have also found that some men seem drawn to the smell of Patchouli Essential Oil in a woman but there are some who dislike it. You could try any of these oils individually, or try blending Jasmine and Sandalwood. Always mix your essential oils with a carrier oil (2 drops essential oil to 1 tsp. of carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond or Grapeseed). Dab it on pulse points in the neck and at the wrists but don't over do it as a strong "perfume-y" smell turns many men off. You will quickly get used to the smell and not notice it but this doesn't mean it's not working.
If you have looked at our website, you may have noticed that we have male and female aphrodisiac blends. These have been formulated to increase sexual drive, using different formulas on men and women. You might want to give them a try. To read more about our aphrodisiac blends, select from the links below.
Thank you. - Joie Power, Ph.D.