Back To Basics: Types Of Pheromones

Ink drawing of a chemical molecule on graph paper.

Happy Friday, Love Scent fans!

First of all, a reminder that Valentine’s Day is coming up! You can save 30% on your next Love Scent order with the coupon code BEMINE21. Whether you want to treat your valentine to something unique and special this year, or just need to stock up on your favorite pheromones, be sure to order while the savings last!

All right, on to today’s topic: a refresher on the different types of pheromones!

At the beginning of the year, we took the pheromone discussion back to basics by answering the question of how pheromones work. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the pheromones themselves!

Let’s get started!



One basic lesson to begin with: the difference between sex pheromones and social pheromones. These are the two broad categories that pheromones fall under. There is some overlap between the two categories, but they do overall have distinct effects.

Let’s start with sex pheromones. These include AndrosteNONE and AndrosteRONE, which are both byproducts of your body’s testosterone production, and copulins, which are produced in the female reproductive tract.

Sex pheromones, as the name implies, help you boost your sexual attraction to others. They can make you more sexually appealing, make others more interested in sexual encounters with you (assuming they are attracted to people of your gender to begin with), and generally put people in a distinctly sexual mood. You can use sex pheromones to attract a new partner, reignite the intimate spark with a long-term partner, or take a new relationship further.

Sex pheromones aren’t only useful for sexual relationships, though! They have some positive self-effects as well. Those self-effects include enhanced self-confidence and better self-esteem. These can help make you even more appealing to potential partners.

So, those are the benefits of sex pheromones. Let’s talk side effects now! Using too many drops of a strong sex pheromone, or using a sex pheromone that is too strong for your body chemistry, can have some downsides. You may notice the people around you becoming agitated. Men in particular might get irritable or aggressive when exposed to too many sex pheromones. So make sure to use the correct amount, and remember that stronger won’t always be better! Most people can get great effects with even a mild sex pheromone.

All right…now let’s look at social pheromones, such as AndrosteNOL! These are generally milder than sex pheromones, and have different effects. They elevate the mood, reduce stress and anxiety, increase your perceived trustworthiness, and overall create a positive environment. They’re great choices for everyday interactions, and for improving the platonic aspects of your personal and professional relationships.

While social pheromones don’t directly enhance your sex appeal, they can still be useful for your romantic life. Making yourself more approachable and friendly can help you start a new relationships. Creating a calm, relaxed environment can be very beneficial, too! Depending on your personality and body chemistry, social pheromones can be just as beneficial as sex pheromones for your romantic life.

One major benefit of social pheromones: they have no downsides to speak of! While sex pheromones can be agitating, social pheromones don’t really have bad side effects, even when you use more than you need. For this reason, we consider them more “user-friendly” than strong sex pheromones.

Okay, those are the two basic groups of pheromones. Let’s take a look at the specific pheromones themselves!



Now, when you read about “pheromones,” it could mean one of two things. First, “pheromones” is a generic term for pheromone products, which often contain more than one pheromone. (For example, Chikara Pheromone Cologne for Men contains four different pheromones!) Second, it could refer to individual pheromone molecules. We’ll cover those now!

When you buy a pheromone perfume, cologne, or unscented spray, you will likely see one or more of the following pheromones on its list of ingredients:

  • AndrosteNONE – the unisex “alpha” sex pheromone. A byproduct of testosterone production, AndrosteNONE has very strong effects. Lower concentrations work better for most people.
  • AndrosteRONE – a mild unisex sex pheromone that is essentially a less intense variant of AndrosteNONE. It improves confidence and sex appeal with minimal risk of agitating others.
  • AndrosteNOL – known as “the icebreaker pheromone,” this is the most common type of unisex social pheromone. AndrosteNOL has a wide range of positive effects and no noticeable downsides.
  • AndrostaDIENONE – a male pheromone with strong effects on straight women and gay men. AndrostaDIENONE has a mix of “social” and “sexual” effects.
  • Estratetraenol – a female pheromone with strong effects on straight men and gay women. Like AndrostaDIENONE, Estratetraenol has a blend of social and sexual effects. It’s especially useful for couples.
  • Copulins – potent female sex pheromones with intense effects on straight men. Lower concentrations usually work better due to copulins‘ naturally strong, unpleasant odor.

Take a look at our Pheromone Focus series for detailed information on all of these individual pheromone molecules!

You might be wondering: why would a pheromone product contain multiple pheromone molecules, rather than just one? Let’s examine that next!



As you could tell from our above list of pheromone molecules, each pheromone molecule has its own effects. AndrosteNONE, for example, can boost your confidence and sex appeal by itself. AndrosteNOL can increase your social magnetism and improve your mood. If you wear just one pheromone molecule at a time, you’ll almost certainly see one or more of its effects.

However, most pheromone products contain more than one molecule. Using multiple molecules in one product creates more versatile and dynamic results than sticking to single-molecule formulas. A multi-molecule formula lets you combine the benefits of each individual pheromone and counteract any individual pheromone’s unpleasant side effects.

Take New Pheromone Additive for Men as an example. This three-molecule formula contains AndrosteNONE, a potent sex pheromone. Using AndrosteNONE by itself can enhance your sex appeal, but it can also agitate those around you. By adding AndrosteNOL to the mix, NPA reduces the risk that the AndrosteNONE will irritate you or anyone around you. A dose of romantic AndrostaDIENONE rounds out the effect.

Another example is Primal Women. This product contains copulins, which are strong female sex pheromones, and AndrosteNOL, a unisex social pheromone. The copulins improve a woman’s sex appeal and intimate connection. Meanwhile, the AndrosteNOL keeps both parties in a relaxed and open mood.  The end result is a product that is more effective than either copuilins or AndrosteNOL would be on their own.

Some people are tempted to go with single-molecule formulas, especially when sex pheromones are involved. You might assume that social pheromones would only interfere with the effects of the sex pheromones. While we can see why you would assume this, we hope the above examples show why it is not always the case. Mixing molecules–including molecules with little to no overlap in their effects–creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

So, the next time you’re looking at different pheromone products, we encourage you to look at the ingredients. We generally recommend going for a formula with multiple pheromones. There are exceptions, of course (single-molecule social pheromone formulas are better for professional environments, for example) but it’s a good general rule to go by!


There you have it, Love Scent fans! Whether you’re new to pheromones or consider yourself a pro, we hope this has given you a better understanding of pheromone types! And be on the lookout for more posts in our new “Back To Basics” series for answers to your lingering pheromone questions!


Do you tend to gravitate toward social pheromones, sex pheromones, or both? Do you have better luck with single-molecule formulas, or more balanced products? Share your thoughts in the comments! You can also contact us directly to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns. And make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to hear about coupons, promotions, new products, and more!


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