Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Sweet Smell of Arousal


Okay, so MSN.com is running a story on a study conducted in the 1990s into what smells men find sexually arousing. Turns out there are things besides the aroma of air that turn men on, including cinnamon buns, cheese pizza, buttered microwave popcorn and doughnuts. (Which makes me wonder if Homer Simpson was the sole participant in the study, though there is no mention of beer.) Oddly, a combination of pumpkin pie and lavender was one of the most arousing scents, resulting in a 40% increase in penile blood flow.


Oh, and lest you wonder why a story on a decade-old study is getting ink from MSN.com, or perhaps why anyone is studying what turns men on instead of what turns on women, who are decidedly more complex in that department: Both pages of the article have huge ads for Viagra. I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn the study was funded and promoted by Pfizer, which makes the most famous pole-stiffener. Pretty crafty of them, don'tcha think? After all, which would you rather do to put some starch in the ol' couch potato, smear your thighs with punkin pie or slip him an itty-bitty pill?

8 comments:

The Empress said...

Do you think clocking a bloke in the head with a pumpkin would have the same effect? Got to admit, I'm more likely to do that than smear myself with the stuff.

Susan Edwards said...

It's a good thing you're already an Empress, my dear, because I daresay your approach to seduction is not likely to net a Prince Charming.

Rena Marks said...

Oh, I don't know. I'm sure there are some men who'll like that. 'Course those are probably the ones that would expect you to dress like his mother...

Trista Ann Michaels said...

LOL. Mine would just grin and say, sock it to me, baby...lol.

The only thing the smell of food arouses in my man is the need to eat and unfortunately, not me.

For him, it's all visual. Show up in a matching bra and panty set and the man's all mine...LOL.

Trista

Sahara Kelly said...

Well this is just flat out weird. During my "aromatherapy" phase (right after astrology and before Feng Shui) I learned that lavender has calming properties. I even tuck some under my pillow and it helps me sleep like a log.

Perhaps I should stick a pumpkin under there as well. I'd never get to sleep of course, with a lump that size cricking my neck, but maybe staying awake would lead to other nighttime activities???? LOL

aromagik said...

I can't get past the thought of a lavender-pumpkin pie blend... I feel a mad scientist experiment coming on.

~Lindy
(Scent-addicted owner of www.foryournose.com <=== my feelings won't be hurt if you need to remove my rather blatant self promotion, though my intent is to show why I'd be experimenting with fragrance blends)

Carolyn said...

hmmm... Pumpkin pie before a nap. Lavender before bed. Beer wasn't popular. Perhaps it's more about feeling safe and cared for than impulsive lust. The way my sex life is now, I wouldn't mind either.

Susan Edwards said...

I thought the combination of pumpkin pie and lavender sounded pretty unappetizing. I could see them separately, but together seems weird. Keep us updated on your mad scientist experiments. I'd be interested to know if the combo smells as weird as it sounds, and if it has any aphrodisiac properties.