Pheromone Science: Androstadienone And First Impressions

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Happy Friday, Love Scent fans!

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Now, on to today’s topic: another dive into pheromone science! This time, we’re taking a look at the connection between AndrostaDIENONE and first impressions–more specifically, how AndrostaDIENONE can help men make a positive, memorable impression in a very short amount of time!

Let’s take a look!



AndrostaDIENONE, as you may already know, is a pheromone found in men’s sweat. While a lot of pheromones are unisex, this one isn’t: only men product AndrostaDIENONE. (As far as we know, transgender folks are the only exceptions here.) It’s also one of the most well-researched pheromones around!

Years of research into AndrostaDIENONE has uncovered plenty of interesting effects. It can put women in a better mood[1] and can make them feel more generous[2]. It can also make women feel more attracted to men[3], and even make them view men as more masculine[4]! All of these effects are great news for men who want to attract women.

Interestingly, two of the above positive effects also apply to men who are attracted to men. When exposed to AndrostaDIENONE, gay men also view other men as more attractive and more masculine. So, if you’re a man who is attracted to men, AndrostaDIENONE is an excellent option for you, too!

AndrostaDIENONE doesn’t just play a role in attraction, however. It also plays an important role in how we interact with one another. It may help us process certain emotions more quickly[5]. Men with social anxiety tend to avoid eye contact when exposed to AndrostaDIENONE, indicating that it helps alert us to tension in the group[6]. It also helps men cooperate better with one another[7], reducing potential in-group tension.

As you can see, AndrostaDIENONE plays a big role in our daily interactions. It influences our romantic lives and non-romantic relationships, and can change the way we interact with one another. All important things to keep in mind when wearing it!

Now that you’ve got a good understanding of how it works in our daily lives, let’s take a look at the link between AndrostaDIENONE and first impressions!



As you just read above, there’s plenty of research into AndrostaDIENONE’s effects on women. Particularly, there’s plenty of research into its effects on women’s attraction to men. But you might have some lingering questions, even after the studies we mention above. For starters, how quickly would you be able to see these effects in the real world? And would AndrostaDIENONE’s effects be the same in, say, a bar or club, and not just in a laboratory?

You’ll be happy to know that we do have answers to those important questions! Researchers took AndrostaDIENONE outside a lab and used it at a speed dating event to see how it impacted women’s responses to men[8]. They found promising connections between AndrostaDIENONE and first impressions, not just long-term impressions.

Researchers tested out AndrostaDIENONE at three separate speed-dating events. At the events, female participants applied one of three solutions to their upper lip: AndrostaDIENONE mixed with clove oil, plain clove oil, or water. (This gave them ongoing exposure to the pheromones throughout the event as they interacted with the male participants). They then interacted with men they had not met before and assessed their attractiveness.

Women who had AndrostaDIENONE on their upper lip were significantly more likely to find the men attractive, compared to those who wore the control solutions of clove oil or plain water. These results confirm that AndrostaDIENONE has the positive effect of boosting a man’s attractiveness to women. But it also shows that this powerful pheromone works quickly, even when meeting new people. Most importantly, it confirms that AndrostaDIENONE is as effective in the real world as it is in a laboratory!

If you’re intrigued by this connection between AndrostaDIENONE and first impressions, read on! We have a few options for using it in your dating life.



Now that you know that there’s a solid link between AndrostaDIENONE and first impressions, you know that you can use it to catch someone’s eye–even if they’ve never met you before! So let’s take a look at some AndrostaDIENONE-based products you can use to ramp up your love life.


Chikara Pheromone Cologne for Men

Chikara Pheromone Cologne (starting at $9.95)

Chikara Pheromone Cologne is one of our most popular products for men. It contains a mix of social, sexual, and romantic pheromones–including AndrostaDIENONE. This is a great choice for men who want to boost their sexual magnetism and perceived authority in addition to their romantic appeal. Try either the Chikara Pheromone Mini for $9.95, or the 15 ml Chikara Pheromone Cologne spray bottle for $49.95!


Edge Pheromone Cologne with SandalwoodEdge Pheromone Cologne with Sandalwood ($29.95)

Like Chikara, Edge Pheromone Cologne contains a mix of social and sexual pheromones, including AndrostaDIENONE. It’s a slightly more sexual formula than Chikara, so this is a great one for men who really want to give their sex appeal a boost. Its sandalwood cover fragrance keeps things relaxed while you leave a memorable first impression. Try the 10 ml Edge Pheromone Cologne roll-on for $29.95!


SuperMone Pheromone Cologne for Men SuperMone Pheromone Cologne ($44.95)

We designed SuperMone Pheromone Cologne for men who want to benefit from the benefits of AndrostaDIENONE without the intense effects of AndrosteNONE. It’s ideal for men who can already come across as dominant and in-charge, but need a boost to their romantic and social magnetism. This cologne is rapidly becoming one of our most popular products! Try the 15 ml SuperMone Pheromone Cologne spray bottle for $44.95.


So, if you’d like to explore the links between AndrostaDIENONE and first impressions, give one of the above colognes a try! Whether you’re ready to make a move on someone you’ve been eyeing for a while, or just want to put yourself out there more, we’re sure you’ll be happy with the effects! And don’t forget to save 20% when you order by entering the code STPADDYS24 at checkout!


What are your favorite AndrostaDIENONE-based products? Have you tried any of the above colognes, or do you have others to recommend? Have you noticed any connection between AndrostaDIENONE and first impressions, in your dating life or anywhere else? Tell us about it in the comments! You can also contact us directly with your questions, comments, and concerns. And be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to hear about coupons, new products, and more!


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2. Perrotta, Valentina et al. The Putative Chemosignal Androstadienone Makes Women More Generous. Journal of neuroscience, psychology, and economics 9.2 (2016): 88–99.

3. Savic, Ivanka et al. Brain response to putative pheromones in homosexual men. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102 20 (2005): 7356-61.

4. Zhou, Wen, et al. Chemosensory communication of gender through two human steroids in a sexually dimorphic manner. Current Biology 24.10 (2014): 1091-1095.

5. Hornung J, Kogler L, Wolpert S, Freiherr J, Derntl B. The human body odor compound androstadienone leads to anger-dependent effects in an emotional Stroop but not dot-probe task using human faces. (2017) PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175055.

6. Banner, A & Gabay, S & Shamay-Tsoory, S. Androstadienone, a putative chemosignal of dominance, increases gaze avoidance among men with high social anxiety. Psychoneuroendocrinology. (2018) 102. 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.11.025.

7. Huoviala P, Rantala MJ. A putative human pheromone, androstadienone, increases cooperation between men. PLoS One. 2013 May 22;8(5):e62499. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062499.

8. Tamsin K. Saxton, Anna Lyndon, Anthony C. Little, S. Craig Roberts, Evidence that androstadienone, a putative human chemosignal, modulates women’s attributions of men’s attractiveness. Hormones and Behavior (2008).


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