Nowadays everyone is falling in love at their own little pace. But have you ever wondered the things that effects people in the process of falling in love? Many things play a role in why people are attracted to one another. The items that play the key roles into the fact as to why one falls in love all lead us to the Chemistry of Love.
Often times many wonder what types of chemicals are found in perfumes and colognes. They are called Petrochemicals. The FDA allows companies to “withhold fragrance ingredients” (Scientific American: Scent of Danger). The most common chemicals used in perfumes are Parabens, Phthalates, and synthetic Musks, as well as some natural ingredients. According to research done on Pour le Monde Parfumes, “95% of the chemicals in most commercial fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from Petroleum and natural gas, known as Petrochemicals.” Parabens are said to affect the way hormones are produced and released. Also wondering why these chemicals were selected. The chemicals are selected due to the fact that most natural chemicals are extremely expensive. One of the other main reasons is the fact that with synthetic chemicals, there is an endless array of smells to choose from. Whereas in natural chemicals, there are only a few, compared to the amount that can be created artificially. The artificial perfumes tend to stay longer, than the natural ones, due to their strength.
The thought as to why people buy perfumes and colognes is always there, so why do we? People buy perfumes for many reasons. One of the main reasons, because they like the smell of that certain perfume or cologne. Second, due to the fact they want to entice or catch the attention of a person they like or love. Many people wonder and speculate if they effect persons who wear them and how are they effecting people who are nearby, smelling them. The pheromones trigger the hormones, therefore creating a sexual attraction. Often times people get a warm feeling inside or butterfly’s in their stomach. These chemicals stimulate a desire from one person to another. It is also said that memory gain is also affiliated with the way perfumes are chosen and bought. Often times people remember things due the way that certain thing or place smelled.
People are curious as to if there any dangers to being exposed to the chemicals in these potions. Studies have shown that there indeed are “potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals” (Pour Le Monde: Natural Perfume vs. Synthetic Perfumes), in which are being placed into our perfumes or colognes. These effects may not take effect immediately, but in a long-term perspective, there could be damage done. Some effects that do occur immediately are things such as rashes or allergic reactions.
As we have seen in many stories and movies in the past, people often wonder if there is a possibility to truly make a “love potion” that can make people fall in love. Research done shows there is in fact a possibility to make a love potion that make people fall in love. Maybe not exactly the way one might think of it at first, but people can get that sense that they are falling in love due to the attraction within the chemicals released from one’s own body that in turn combine with those of the certain perfume or cologne a person is wearing. This gives them a sexual attraction towards that other person, making them feel like they are falling in love. Many doubt that there is scientific proof that can verify or deny this. According to the research published on NBC New, scientists have found a link between one’s natural scent and the scent in perfumes or colognes. (Real-Life Love Potion identified.)
Some wonder what the true cost to make most perfumes and colognes is in comparison to how much they cost to purchase at a department store. Most perfumes or colognes tend to be very expensive in departments stores, but the fact is that in reality, it is not that expensive to make at all. The ingredients in most common perfumes or colognes tend to cost about $1 to $1.50 or so. The price in what takes the company to sell its product is what drives the prices sky high. These companies pay a good amount of money, in the tens of thousands, just to advertise, and sell. Most department store sell the perfumes or colognes for about $100 or more.
Some wonder if food has the ability to make people feel like they are in love. There has been research done that indeed does show that some foods make people feel like they’re in love. From my research, I have found that according to match.com, these foods can aid one to feel they are falling in love. Let’s first begin with cheese, it produces a hormone called Prolactin, which boosts the libido. Not only does eating cheese boost the libido, but it is said to increase blood flow in men. Next, pomegranate juice has been found to contain many vitamins and fortifying nutrients in which aid in things such as improving fertility, increase in Testosterone and Estrogen and the hormone which makes oneself feel happy. Next after that, Coffee, which contains several advantages. Not only does it give people energy to help keep them running for their super crazy schedules, but it also increases the libido in people. Chocolate contains a set of chemicals called “Methyl Xanthine”. This chemical in turn creates and releases Dopamine to the center of the brain to the part where physical pleasure is created. Once you take a bite of chocolate the chemical Serotonin is released, which relaxes you (7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate). Lastly, we have honey, which produces Testosterone and Estrogen levels created by Boron.
An Aphrodisiac is a food, drink or drug in which creates a stimulation of sexual pleasure or excitement. Most people think of it as a food or drink that stimulates the senses creating the sense of love in oneself. Aphrodisiacs are not always used for people with sexual dysfunction. Most often times people use them to enhance the libido and sexual attraction. It is not necessarily the food that creates the sexual attraction, but the chemicals contained in them are what creates the boost. People often speculate if any scientific proof exists that Aphrodisiacs do work. There is indeed scientific proof that these foods do actually work. These stimulating foods have been said to not necessarily help the genital organs but to in a way tell the mind that with these chemicals a stimulation to the body is created.
People often wonder why we “love” chocolate. There are many reasons as to why people love chocolate. According to An Apple A day By Joe Schwarcz, there are some chemical compounds that benefit us in many ways (An Apple A Day: The Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths about the foods we eat). One of the main benefits is for our health. A chemical called Flavanols has been seen by studies to relax the blood vessels and improve blood-flow in the brain by 33%. The second benefit is it has a natural blood thinner effect, which allows the blood to circulate properly throughout the body. Chocolate has also been found to be an antioxidant. All of these things are linking to improvements in people’s health. Now, one of the main reasons why people love chocolate. Many of the candy companies are aware of the chemical contained in cocoa that attracts people to eating more and more chocolate. Chocolate is great for you, but in moderation. The most beneficial chocolate is dark chocolate, preferably one with a higher percentage of real cocoa in it. Though it may be the most beneficial, most people tend to veer to the sweeter chocolates like Hershey’s, and that is because dark chocolate is much more bitter than the chocolate we normally think of.
Some wonder if there is scientific evidence that can be found to support that dark chocolate has “feel good” chemicals in it or has the ability to make a person feel good. Dark chocolate may not necessarily have the “feel good” chemicals as one may think of them. They are often contained in the great amounts of vitamins that help the body. So chemicals such as Iron, Magnesium, and Copper, in which all help our body in one way or another are in this bitter chocolate (An Apple A Day: The Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths about the foods we eat). One thing found in chocolate that often makes people feel good is the fact that there are antioxidants which help people function better. In fact, another thing proven is that dark chocolate may improve your brains function. So it is great to each chocolate, but make sure it is not in excess and that you have chosen the right kind. How could these things relate to love? The evidence found about the chemicals found in foods and drinks correlates with love because, in a way, it does help a person fall in love, but only in a temporary sense. The chemicals help create a state of mind and physical reaction from the brain to gain the attraction, therefore making it temporary.
The great studies done on chocolate and all the effects and benefits found with it have come to affect purchasing chocolate for holidays or as gifts to people we care or love for due to many reasons. While chocolate is most often thought of as an Aphrodisiac, many people tend to buy it for holidays or gifts to give to the people who we care or love for. For example, Valentine’s Day. The most common thing a person receives is chocolate because it can represent that there is a sense of attraction for the other person or to try and show their love towards them. Chocolate stimulates their minds for them to get aroused and it is also super sweet, therefore why many people buy it for birthdays, Valentine’s day, Easter, and many other holidays. There is also a little game you can play with the person you care about or love to be cute with them. Since candy is sweet, a lot of times people tend to make up little saying or quotes to seem cute and romantic. For example, “Hey honey, Happy Valentine’s Day, I bought you some sweet chocolate. And the girl might respond “It might be sweet, but not as sweet as you.”
So as we all get older and begin the path of falling in love, we now know what things affect us, how they affect us, why we fall in love, and what things make us or help us fall in love. Although these things might not work for everyone, the accumulation of studies and research shows each key piece of evidence leading to the conclusion one is looking for. This brings us to conclude a synopsis of how the Chemistry of Love has come to be.
– Ashley Ferrer