Pheromones perfume ?  

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4/1/2006 10:54 am

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4/1/2006 10:54 am

Pheromones perfume ?

During my trip in the Taipei and HongKong cities I have been visiting some cultural settings which are impressive when being in it or looking at it from the outside. I did travel with a speed of 1000m/min in the 101-tower in Taipei which made my ears pop. But I also had a look at some sutra’s in some museums (yes, that specific one was not there).

Another thing I came across was in a magazine. An article about the perfumes and the difference between the Eastern countries and western society. I was triggered about the aspects of the history which already was mentioned in the museums so now I combined the two and digged up some other facts too.

The Eastern perfumes contain hardly any body ‘tacking’ ingredients. They have more basic smell which hardly is noticeable by others while the western flavours are mixes of several kinds and are more present.

From history we can see that all come from the Chinese regions. There it comes from burning resins such as sandlewoods. Then it travelled to the Hindus and the Arabian cultures. From there it came back to the eastern region and the Japanese emperors created special parties for invitees where new combinations of flavours were burned.

Sandlewood and cinnamon are still in classic perfumes present. To learn how to mix flavours in Japan it will take appr. 25 years to be able to learn to smell a single ingredient perfume (what about the salary of those nosey persons ?).

But do perfumes affect us and alter our moods ?

The first significant area for noticing perfumes and their ingredients is the nose (the olfactory epithelium). With millions of neurons in direct contact with the outer world it is possible to sense the molecules of the perfume. Each neuron sends an electrical signal (through axons) to the brain. The axon directs the signal to a specific area of the brain. This creates a pattern of neural activities, inducing a certain state of mind.

Beside the olfactory we as humans also have a vomeronasal organ ( VNO ), which is able to detect pheromones. The many ingredients of steroid-like structures and pheromones have these structures too. Although we have no clue yet how the VNO detection of pheromones change human behaviour it is noticeable that it is now also being used in specific aphrodisiac perfumes.

Will perfumes be able to stimulate the brain through the olfactory and affect the erogenic properties of a human through the VNO ?

Let me know your own experiences.


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