The scent of a woman: junk food

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Forget dropping tons of money on designer fragrances - a recent study made headlines for discovering that the aromas of a number of familiar foods aroused men most.


According to findings by the Chicago-based Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center, which were broadcast on US-based WPBF radio on November 19, the most sexually enticing scents include pumpkin pie, doughnuts, black licorice, buttered popcorn and cola.

Test subjects were attached to a plethysmograph, a machine that measures penile blood flow, and exposed to 30 odors. The research team found that all of the odors stimulated men at some level, but that the combined scent of pumpkin pie and lavender increased average blood flow by 40 percent. An infusion of doughnuts and black licorice increased arousal by 31.5 percent.

Dr. Alan Hirsch, the center's director, said that the scent of vanilla triggered sexual desire among older men. Hirsch and his team explained that the odors of favorite foods could remind men of their sexual partners, or could "evoke nostalgic recall."

Ten sexiest odor or odor combinations

  1. Lavender and pumpkin pie
  2. Doughnuts and black licorice
  3. Pumpkin pie and doughnut
  4. Oranges
  5. Lavender and doughnuts
  6. Black licorice and cola
  7. Black licorice
  8. Doughnut and cola
  9. Lily of the valley
  10. Buttered popcorn 

Seems like ladies have got it all wrong though -'s current best-selling women's fragrances include Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (with Bluebell, Granny Smith Apple, Jasmine Sambac, Bamboo, White Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Musk) and Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf (Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli).    

Read Dr. Hirsch's findings in detail here:

Create your own perfume here (unfortunately, pumpkin pie and doughnuts are not ingredient options, but orange and vanilla are):

Try Philosophy Pumpkin spice muffin shower gel and shampoo: and L'aromarine Cola Eau de Toilette:

The Demeter Fragrance Library makes more than 200 fragrances inspired by everyday objects and experiences, including Pumpkin Pie, Licorice and Popcorn: