Androstadienone: A Powerhouse Pheromone

Greetings, Love Scent fans!

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at a commonly-used ingredient in men’s pheromone products, and one of the most well-researched pheromones out there: Androstadienone.

Androstadienone, which is found in male sweat, has a long list of social, sexual, and romantic effects. It’s one of the few pheromones that has some clear-cut sex-specific effects, meaning that a person’s responses to it can depend heavily on their gender, and research suggests that it regulates a wide range of human behavior. It’s a fascinating pheromone, so let’s jump right in!

Androstadienone’s popularity as an ingredient in men’s pheromone products is due to its effects on heterosexual women. When straight women are exposed to Androstadienone, they usually find themselves in a better mood, and they feel more generous towards the people around them. They might even feel more focused. In straight women, Androstadienone also directly stimulates the hypothalamus–a part of the brain associated with sex drive and emotions–and makes men appear more masculine than they otherwise would. (Gay women do not respond to Androstadienone this way.)

All of the above effects make Androstadienone a highly beneficial ingredient for men’s pheromone products. If men want their female partners or potential partners to be in a relaxed, generous, easygoing mood, and want to appear more sexually appealing and masculine to the straight women around them, then Androstadienone would be an excellent pheromone to try.

But Androstadienone is not only for men who are interested in women. In some areas, gay men respond to Androstadienone the same way straight women do–namely, Androstadienone stimulates gay men’s hypothalamus (and therefore their sex drive and romantic emotions) and makes men appear more masculine to gay men. Gay men can therefore use Androstadienone both for its sex drive-boosting self-effects and to make themselves appear more attractive and masculine to other gay men.

For straight men, the effects of Androstadienone can be a bit more complicated. While this pheromone puts straight women in a better mood, it actually puts straight men in a worse mood, though it also makes straight men more generous even while making them feel worse (an indication that it directly makes people more generous, rather than just putting people in a good mood that naturally leads to greater generosity). Straight men should therefore be careful not to use too much Androstadienone when trying to attract women, as they can suffer a negative emotional effect by doing so.

Now, while Androstadienone clearly plays a large role in romantic and sexual behavior, research shows that its influence isn’t limited to courtship. Androstadienone helps us process certain types of emotional information more quickly–specifically, visual emotional communication, such as emotions displayed on faces and in body language. It is particularly effective at alerting us to potentially angry people in our surroundings, and can make socially anxious men even more likely than normal to avoid confrontation. There is also evidence that men who are exposed to Androstadienone are more likely to cooperate with each other. All of this, especially when combined with Androstadienone’s ability to boost generosity and improve half the population’s mood, suggests that it might serve the evolutionary purpose of alerting us to tension in our social groups so that we can resolve that tension before it gets out of hand.

As you can see, Androstadienone is a complex, fascinating, and highly effective pheromone, and can be used for romantic, sexual, and platonic purposes. Straight men, straight women, and gay men stand to benefit the most, and all can benefit in different ways. It’s important to understand how Androstadienone works and how it will affect you before giving it a try.

We know this is a lot of information to process, so let’s quickly recap Androstadienone’s effects on different types of people:

  • Straight women see mood improvements, increased generosity, and greater sexual interest in men
  • Gay men see increased generosity, greater sexual interest in men, and greater sex appeal to other gay men, but may see a negative impact on mood
  • Straight men see increased generosity, improved cooperation, and greater sex appeal to straight women, but see a negative impact on mood
  • All people see improvements to certain types of emotional intelligence, especially recognition of anger

Are you still with us? Good! Now let’s think about who should consider adding Androstadienone to their pheromone collection.

Products containing Androstadienone are often considered (straight) men’s products, and given what we’ve just covered, it’s easy to see why: Androstadienone can be a great help to men who are interested in attracting straight women. If you’re a man who is interested in women, an Androstadienone-based pheromone cologne or additive can be very beneficial. Just make sure you don’t overdo it, or you’ll experience a negative impact to your mood–something that can take the joy out of romance. “Less is more” is always a good rule with pheromones, but in this case it’s especially relevant.

If you’re a gay or bisexual man interested in attracting other men, Androstadienone is also a great choice for you. Gay men, as we said above, have the same sexual and romantic responses to this pheromone as straight women do. Wearing this pheromone can make you appear more masculine and attractive to the gay men around you. Give it a try; you’re likely to be happy with the results!

For straight women, Androstadienone can potentially be useful for its self-effects. Wearing a little under your nose can help you improve your mood or feel more goodwill towards those around you, which can be helpful in a wide range of situations; it can also help put you in the mood for romance, which most people need help with every now and then. However, because Androstadienone can have a negative effect on straight men’s moods, using this pheromone for its self-effects can be complicated for women in relationships or who are trying to attract men. Other pheromones with similar benefits but fewer drawbacks might be the better choice depending on your situation. Just be sure to consider all your options!

For gay women, Androstadienone’s benefits are very limited, at least regarding your romantic life. It can still help prime your brain to receive emotional information, but it won’t help you feel more attracted to other women or stimulate your interest in romance. A different pheromone, called Estratetraenol, is a much better choice for gay women.

All right! Now that we’ve covered everything you need to know about Androstadienone, let’s look at some ways you can add it to your pheromone collection!


Edge Gel Packs for Men (10-pack)

1. Edge Gel Packets for Men (starting at $9.95)

The Edge Gel Packets for Men are single-use gel packs that contain a blend of Androstadienone, AndrosteNOLand AndrosteNONEThe AndrosteNOL counterbalances any potential negative impact to the wearer’s mood, and the AndrosteNONE enhances the Androstadienone’s romantic and sexual effects. The pheromones are paired with a sandalwood cover fragrance that masks the slightly musky odor of the AndrosteNONE and Androstadienone while drawing people closer to give them a better exposure to the pheromones.

Each Edge gel packet is technically designed for one use, but many pheromone users find that they can get multiple uses out of a single packet. Just squeeze the gel onto your fingertip and apply it to your wrists and throat. These small, highly portable packets can be taken anywhere you might need them, and make freshening up your pheromones as easy as could be.

The Edge Gel Packets for Men start at $9.95 for a pack of 10. Order yours today!


New Pheromone Additive for Men2. New Pheromone Additive for Men ($44.95)

New Pheromone Additive for Men contains the same formula as the Edge Gel Packets for Men, but contains no cover fragrance and comes to you in a DPG-based liquid formula rather than a gel. As in the Edge Gel Packets, the New Pheromone Additive formula incorporates AndrosteNOL and AndrosteNONE to counteract any negative effects of the Androstadienone while enhancing its best qualities.

Because New Pheromone Additive is unscented, it should be combined with a cover scent for best results. You can use your favorite fragrance or a scented pheromone. Apply the New Pheromone Additive and your chosen fragrance or scented pheromone to your pulse points.

A 10 ml dripper bottle of New Pheromone Additive for Men is yours for $44.95. Order a bottle now!


Androstadienone (6 ml)3. Pure Androstadienone ($49.95)

If you’re a seasoned pheromone expert who has been working with these products for a while, then pure Androstadienone might be the best option for you! Like all of our pure pheromones, our pure Androstadienone comes at the highest possible concentration of 1 mg of pheromones per ml of liquid. You can use this potent concentrate to turn your favorite everyday fragrance into an Androstadienone-infused pheromone cologne. Just be sure you know how Androstadienone affects you, and the proper dose for yourself, before experimenting with such a potent product!

Our pure Androstadienone is unscented, and is not recommended for use by itself. Dilute it in your favorite fragrance, body oil, aromatherapy blend, or some other liquid before applying it to your pulse points. The correct amount will vary from person to person, so be prepared to experiment before finding the right amount for yourself! (Consider reviewing our guide to Working With Pure Pheromones before getting started.)

A 6 ml screw-cap bottle of pure Androstadienone is yours for $49.95. If you’ve got the experience and knowledge needed to work with pure pheromones, consider ordering a bottle today!


There you have it, Love Scent fans! Everything you need to know about Androstadienone, a true powerhouse of a pheromone! We hope you feel more knowledgeable about this pheromone now, and know whether it should be part of your pheromone collection.


What are your experiences with Androstadienone? Do you like it, or do you prefer different pheromones? Share your thoughts in the comments! You can also contact us directly with your comments, questions, and concerns. And be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get free samples and to be the first to hear about blog posts, new products, exclusive promotions, and more!


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