No sweat is bad news for lovers, says co-author of RSC book

13 February 2012

Men should hang on to their perspiration on Valentine's Day to catch their lovers' interest, says Royal Society of Chemistry author Gabi Frobose.

The German co-author - with her husband - of the RSC book Love and Lust: is it more than chemistry? said today: "Pheromones are what we call here in Germany Sexuallockstoffe, which work on men and on women alike.
"Those pheromones are included in the sweat. This is why some girls like to wear the T-shirts of their boy-friend and vice versa. There have been studies about that both in Germany and in England.
"Napoleon Bonaparte once wrote to his wife Joséphine, while he was campaigning: 'Please don't wash, will arrive in three days'. This confidential note was transferred by a messenger, and in this specific case, even historians do agree that Napoleon didn't mean that Joséphine shouldn't do the laundry. He meant something else.
"There are several notes about smell in our book. Even so, it has a been indicated to us that this is something you don't talk about in England. It was explained to me that it is absolutely taboo even to mention it, which is really funny to me.
"It is even said that men can 'smell' the time of ovulation. Then, they consider the woman in question the most attractive, - again Mother Nature is calling. On the other hand, you can overshadow your natural smell by means of perfumes.

"There is a whole industry living on that. And what is amazing is that perfume will smell differently on every individual person. 

"Thus if you want to test some, do not more than three tests at upmost on your lower two arms and wait for about three minutes. It will take about that time until, the 'real smell' will develop definitely.
"I mean in the animal world it works as well, if you have a closer look."

Links of Interest

Lust and Love

Why do people fall in love and what is love anyway? What makes people attractive? How do these emotions tie in with our physiology? This book hopes to answer such questions.

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