Back To Basics: Pheromones And Gender

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Happy Friday, Love Scent fans!

First of all, Monday is International Women’s Day, and we’re celebrating here at Love Scent! Use the code WOMENSDAY21 at checkout to get 30% off your order. This offer is good on everything in the store, so stock up on all your favorite pheromones and supplies today!

Now, on to today’s topic: another installment in our “Back to Basics” series! This week, we’ll take a look at a topic that sometimes stumps even experienced pheromone pros: the relationship between pheromones and gender!

Let’s dive right in!



To begin, let’s clarify one thing: most pheromones are actually unisex pheromones. That is because many pheromones are byproducts of our bodies metabolizing sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. People of all genders produce these sex hormones, though the amounts we produce can depend on our gender. (For example, the average man produces more testosterone than the average woman.) So people of all genders produce these pheromones, too–just in different amounts!

Not all pheromones are byproducts of sex hormone production, but even those that aren’t hormone byproducts are still usually unisex. For example, the social hormone found in Liquid Trust is a pheromone found in all humans, regardless of their gender. Overall, pheromones that are unique to one gender are the exception, not the rule!

So, if the connection between pheromones and gender isn’t that black and white, why do pheromone websites sort their pheromones by “men’s pheromones” and “women’s pheromones?” Well, that’s mostly a matter of social norms and marketing. If a pheromone’s effects are behaviors or traits that we associate more with one gender than the other, many people (and pheromone manufacturers) consider them either “men’s pheromones” or “women’s pheromones” and market them that way.

For example: the pheromone AndrosteNONE has effects that we socially associate with men: authority, confidence, and a dominant impression. Many people therefore consider it a “men’s pheromone” even though both men and women produce it. The social pheromone AndrosteNOL, on the other hand, has effects that we associate more with women: friendliness, openness, and easy social interactions. So, many people consider it a “women’s pheromone,” even though men produce it too!

So, what does this mean for you, as someone who uses pheromones? And are all pheromones unisex? Let’s take a look at those questions in the next section!



As we said above, most pheromones are unisex…but not all of them. Some pheromones are actually “sex-specific,” meaning that they’re only found in people of a particular gender, with very rare exceptions. Let’s look at those pheromones, and how they make the topic of pheromones and gender more complicated–and more interesting!

First up: AndrostaDIENONE. This pheromone is a true “men’s pheromone,” in that it is almost always only produced by men. (Some transgender folks are the only exception to this rule.) AndrostaDIENONE also affects people differently based on their gender. Women, for example, can be put in a good mood, a more generous mood, and a more focused mood after exposure to AndrostaDIENONE, but the same isn’t true of men!

Next on the list of sex-specific pheromones: Estratetraenol. Women produce this pheromone, but men (again, with rare exceptions) do not. Like AndrostaDIENONE, Estratetraenol also affects people differently based on their gender. For example, men are often more cooperative when exposed to Estratetraenol, possibly to make themselves more attractive to women.

And third: copulins. These pheromones are fatty acids found in the female reproductive tract. They are potent sex pheromones that affect men very strongly. They can increase men’s testosterone levels, as well as their confidence levels and the amount of attention they give their female partners. You’ll find copulins in pheromones designed to help women attract men.

(One thing to note: many of the “sex-specific” effects listed above are also sexual-orientation-specific. Gay women, for example, don’t respond to Androstadienone the same way straight women do. Gay men don’t respond to copulins or Estratetraenol the same way straight men do, either. It’s another way that the question of “pheromones and gender” is more complicated than most people expect!)

So, does this mean that you’ll run into trouble if you wear a pheromone produced by the “opposite” gender? Well, that depends! Let’s take a look!



So, keeping all of the above in mind, how should you go about choosing a pheromone? Do you have to triple-check a pheromone product’s ingredients to make sure you don’t end up wearing the “wrong” pheromone? Can you wear pheromones intended for the “opposite” gender? And, if most pheromones are unisex, how does that affect how you use pheromones to attract people?

First things first: we recommend choosing a pheromone based on the effects you want, not based on whether it’s marketed to people of your gender. Women, for example, can wear AndrosteNONE-based products, even though many people consider AndrosteNONE a “men’s” pheromone. As long as you want authoritative effects, AndrosteNONE is a good choice for anyone. Likewise, if you want a pheromone that will make you more socially dynamic and soothing, go with something containing AndrosteNOL, regardless of your gender.

As for pheromones produced by the “opposite” gender, many people wear these for self-effects! Some men like to wear copulins to stimulate their interest in sex. Some women like to wear Androstadienone for the positive effect it has on their own mood. It all comes down to what you want the pheromones to do for you! Just keep their effects on other people in mind: men can actually feel more depressed or anxious when exposed to AndrostaDIENONE, for example, so women who want to attract men need to keep that in mind.

Now, what does all this mean for people who use pheromones to attract others? How do you make sure you’re attracting the right people, if most pheromones are unisex? Well, first off, remember that pheromones are not magic potions. They don’t control people’s minds, and they can’t make someone attracted to you if you’re not that person’s type, or not the gender they’re already attracted to. If you’re a man who is trying to attract women, even wearing a unisex pheromone won’t attract other straight men.

When choosing pheromones to attract others, we also recommend choosing them based on their effects. If you’re trying to attract a specific person, you can choose your pheromone based off the qualities you know that person likes. (If you’re a man trying to attract a woman who likes masculine men, for example, wear a product containing AndrostaDIENONE.) Otherwise, choose a product based on the type of person you want to attract. (If you want to attract someone who likes outgoing people, for example, try something containing AndrosteNOL.)

Bottom line: don’t choose a pheromone based off your gender without taking other factors into account. Think about the pheromone’s effects, and which effects are best for you, instead. You’ll get more successful results that way–we promise!


There you have it, Love Scent fans! As you can see, the relationship between pheromones and gender can be complex. We hope you now have the knowledge you need to choose the best pheromone for you! And, if you place an order this week, don’t forget to save 30% with the code WOMENSDAY21!


What are your thoughts on pheromones and gender? Did you know that it’s more complicated than most people assume? How will that change how you use pheromones, if at all? 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 get free samples and to hear about coupons, promotions, new products, and more!


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  1. Hi, thanks for the great info! What is the shelf life of pheromones? I have some bottles and packets that I have had for years. Are these still good? Do they ‘expire at some point, or have a weaker effect, or even a negative effect as they age in a sealed container?v Thank you!

    • Hi Dave! When properly stored, pheromones can last indefinitely. The fragrances in the bottle/packet will spoil before the pheromones do, though, so give them a sniff to make sure they still smell good before applying them.

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