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The connection between scent and attraction

When it comes to connecting with someone on a deeply sensual level, could finding the perfect partner mean simply sniffing out the right match?

We agree with a recent article in Marie Claire that establishing a meaningful and emotional connection with someone special takes more than a dating app or algorithm.

Although we live in an age that’s becoming increasingly reliant on digital interaction, the hopeless romantic within us wants to believe that pure love is based on chemistry which cannot be replicated via social media.

So, rather than becoming a slave to the swipe, dating experts are now suggesting that singletons rely more on their instinctual emotions and attractions. Why? Because harnessing the power of our senses – ie augmented sensuality – may well be the key to truly connecting with those around us.

Of all the senses, scent is particularly powerful – and only works through real-life interaction. We all know certain fragrances can evoke powerful emotions and memories, but you might be surprised to hear that scent triggers a response faster than a thought, making it the heart of instinctive attraction and desire.

Recent studies have suggested that our own natural odour and signature fragrance is key when attracting a mate. In fact, according to the study a staggering 75% of our emotions are triggered by what we smell – proof that smells like freshly washed sheets or a favourite perfume, push our unique pleasure buttons.

An alluring scent ignites and heightens the senses, making romantic interaction, however brief so much more intense and electric. It’s a spark that certainly doesn’t happen if you’re spending your entire lunch break trawling through dating profiles. It’s no wonder that people are beginning to look beyond the screen to face-to-face interaction.

People are going on endless dates, which are often unfulfilling and unrewarding. Not only is meeting the right person through dating apps exhausting, but there’s a prevalence of online behaviours such as ghosting (disappearing without a trace), orbiting (similar to ghosting) and breadcrumbing (leading someone on). That’s why we have to get back to basics and make real-life, sensory connections the starting point.

When it comes to romance, smell reigns supreme, so if you are single and would like to ignite a connection with someone try wearing a fragrance that exudes seductiveness.


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