The Scent of Eros
The Scent of Eros

The Scent of Eros is the definitive human pheromone primer.

James Vaughn Kohl and Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D. 309 pages – publication date July 2002

Search the page previews available from  This updated paperback edition of the 1995 original hardcover book also is available through most other book outlets (e.g.,  Barnes and Noble).

First released in 1995 and updated in paperback in 2002, Kohl’s concept of human pheromones has become the accepted scientific standard in the study of human attraction. Using a wealth of published research findings, he has fully detailed the overwhelming evidence for the effect of pheromones on physiology and their unconscious affect on human sexual preferences and human sexual behavior.

In this book you will find the answers to these questions and more:

  • Why do women tend to end up on “his” side of the bed, or wear his shirts or robe while he’s away?
  • Why does a child’s security blanket or teddy bear lose its appeal when washed?
  • Why is dancing a courtship ritual common in nearly every culture?
  • Why do the menstrual cycles of women who live or work together become synchronized?
  • Why does libido (the sex drive) peak during the middle of a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle?
  • What makes the sports hero, or the “macho” man so attractive to most women?
  • Why does libido decline with age?
  • Why is sexual variety the spice of life?
  • What gives a good sun tan the power of an aphrodisiac?
  • Why do blondes have more fun?
  • Why do men and women develop sexual attractions that are not present before puberty?
  • Why are odors more important than visual stimuli in determining sexual attraction?
  • How is our courtship sequence influenced more by pheromones than by what we see?
  • Why is tall, dark, and handsome merely a visual description of a masculine scent signature?
  • When is the natural scent of a woman most appealing to men?
  • How can pheromones alter the developmental timing of puberty?
  • How do pheromones determine our personal preferences in a member of the opposite sex?
  • Why do we think that our perception of a perfect waist to hip ratio is determined by visual input?
  • What is the link between pheromones and male sexual orientation?
  • Why are testosterone levels lower in married men?
  • Is there any such thing as a gay pheromone?

The Scent of Eros: Mysteries of Odor in Human Sexuality

Scientists have long known that odors and subliminal scents – sex attractants or pheromones – influence how animals develop, mate, bond, and nurture their offspring. Human animals are no exception. Odors can accelerate puberty, control women’s menstrual cycles and influence their mood, alter men’s hormone levels, and even influence sexual orientation. They help us to distinguish lovers and family members from strangers, and promote the mother/infant bond. Odors affect how often we have sex, and with whom. They influence how the brain develops, what we remember, and how we learn. Just as the chemical appeal of food influences our food preferences, the chemical appeal of other people influences our people preferences. Odors are the spice of life. Tall, dark, and handsome is a visual description of a masculine scent signature. Men prefer the natural scent of young women who send chemical signals of maximum fertility levels. Many aspects of physical appeal in others are simply conditioned responses to pheromones. Grounded in solid scientific research, yet maintaining an easy-to-read style, The Scent of Eros is an engrossing read on a whole new world under our noses!

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