Aphrodisiacs work. Pheromones are real.
Aphrodisiacs and pheromones are two dramatically different things, but their desired end results are relatively similar. Aphrodisiacs are alleged sex drive stimulants and commonly refer to foods and herbs. Meanwhile, pheromones are chemical blends meant to stimulate an action or behavior in another member of the same specifics, romantic and/or sexual reactions taking center stage in this case.
Pheromones have more legitimate scientific backing (honey bees use them to chit-chat/backstab) but that doesn’t keep oysters and dark chocolate from popping up on every Valentine’s Day menu around town.
“There’s a fair amount of research suggesting that we pick up on other people’s chemical scents and that may play a role in our attraction,” confirmed Lehmiller. “For example, they’ve conducted blind, placebo-control studies where people wore pheromones and some wore a placebo solution and the people who wore the pheromones report having a lot more sex than the people wearing the placebos.”
“When it comes to aphrodisiacs, there are so many of them that people assume will increase their libido — oysters, figs, or chocolate, all of these kinds of things — but the reality is, they don’t really live up their promises. They may work but it probably has to do with people believing that it will affect their behavior. The effect of aphrodisiacs relies on suggestion more than anything.”
So there’s some truth to arrousal-and-attraction-inducing pheromones in humans but as for aphrodisiacs? False.
“It’s highly unlikely it’s going to bring the desired effect unless you and your partner believe it’s going to have that effect.”