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Love At First Scent

Many animals use their noses to find their mates. So, what about us? For many couples, it was love at first sight...but should it be love at first scent?

Psychologist Dr. Sean Massey says people, more-so women, subconsciously "sniff out" their partners. But it's not really a scent we release. It's phermones, chemical signals we give off, that trigger attraction.

And even though we don't know it, we are naturally attracted to people with opposite genes.

"You're more likely to have stronger offspring that are able to resist more diseases." Dr. Massey says phermones are very weak in humans, but they may explain that spark we feel for some and not for others. "Sometimes, I think you know the phermones are working. There's that attraction there and you do go for that first kiss that can become very intoxicating." 

Now you can't control your phermones or natural scent, but let's not discredit what you can control. And when all else fails, soap doesn't.

Dr. Massey states that "More importantly, not having an offensive smell signals healthiness. So, people are going to be more attracted to somebody that doesn't smell bad."

Certain scents can actually spark desire. Lavender and Pumpkin Pie aromas increase male arousal by 40 percent. Doughnuts, Black Licorice and Orange scents ranked high on the arousal scale too.

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