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Essay #3- The Smell of Cucumbers Can Arouse Women?! February 16, 2009

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“Unlike the other senses, smell needs no interpreter. The effect is immediate and undiluted by language, thought or translation. A smell can be overwhelmingly nostalgic because it triggers powerful images and emotions before we have time to edit them.” -Diane Ackerman

The Smell of Cucumbers Can Arouse Women?! When selecting a mate, males and females tend to attract toward those who take care of themselves. Those who clean up themselves by showering, brushing their teeth and smell good. Nothing is worse than a bad date with someone who smells awful. When becoming intimate with another person it is said that some “aromas can help stimulate sexual arousal” MicroNutra Health (2008). Some of the obvious sweet smelling aromas like vanilla, fruit and flowers come to mind when you want to drive your partner wild. Women and men tend to think that these sweet scents are the key to pleasure in the bedroom. They soak themselves in scents of strawberry and other fruits because the sweetness may be luring. However, one not commonly thought of fruit may drive your female partner more wild than any other scent: cucumber. Cucumbers are considered a fruit because they have developed from flowers and encase seeds. Writer Bethany Heitman from the magazine Cosmopolitan states, “…fascinating news: Researchers have discovered that the smell of cucumber-that’s right, cucumbers- makes women aroused” (p. 193). Who would have thought that this fresh smelling fruit with their hint of a mild sweetness and bitterness would make your female partner so aroused? Cucumbers seem like the least likely fruit to pick because we often find ourselves more intrigued by the scents of much sweeter fruits . I know personally I would not think the scent of cucumber would be a scent to help attrack the male population. What about this scent triggers our nerve sending the message to our brain making us aroused? Let’s go back to the basic overview and see how our nose even detects scents.When you smell something, sweet or stinky, the aromas flow up into your nasal cavity where they pass the cilia first. The cilia are tiny hair-like projections that come out of your nasal wall. They play the role in blocking any foreign objects, like dust, from further traveling up into the nasal cavity. Once the smell gets past the cilia and the mucus, it hits your olfactory nerve. The olfactory nerve helps distinguish smells and sends a signal to your brain. The brain is where you discover the meaning of the scent as sweet, bitter, stinky, fresh or any other scent. Ackerman (1990) noted that humans, we “can detect over ten thousand different smells” (pg.1). It is so amazing how this all happens and we have the capability to distinguish so many different scents. How is it that the scent of cucumbers stimulate women? These pheromones have a way with triggering our blood flow and making sexual desire more exciting. The freshness of cucumbers has been shown to increase vaginal blood flow to the clitoris and aroused them by thirteen percent (Sexy Scents, 2009). Other scents like banana nut bread, cherry , the candy Good & Plenty and baby powder have had the same increasing effect on women. These scents will drive women to be more turned on and happy, making things in bedroom more exciting for couples. Men are aroused by scents too. Men and women are said to be aroused by the aromas of pumpkin pie or lavender; these scents are said to increase sexual drive as well. The combination of pumpkin pie and lavender increases pleasure in females by eleven percent (Sexy Scents, 2009). The word aphrodisiac means, when food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire (Dictionary.com, 2009). This topic has become very popular over recent years. Many are becoming more aware and interested in this phenomenon. Couples are trying to spice up their bedroom lives with these tricks. While chocolate has seemed to be the most popular, studies have shown it to be different. Foods, like cucumbers, have a greater affect on women. More research is being looked into about different aromas and their effects with our sexual well being. While most men wear cologne hoping to attract the scent of a significant other, studies have shown that men’s cologne actually decreases women’s arousal by one percent (Sexy Scents, 2009). Mixing of fragrances though, like pumpkin pie and lavender have shown more dominate results. So instead of drenching yourself in scents like Axe or Abercrombie try using more natural and luring smells of fresh lavender or cool cucumber to create a greater effect on your partner, especially towards women. Most of the time men and women do not realize that the perfume or cologne they are wearing will create such an effect on the opposite sex. Sometimes we just spritz ourselves with flowering aromas just to feel good about ourselves or it just becomes a habit. In order to make others feel good we must feel good about ourselves. Men and women rely on these products on the market to make us smell good and desirable. Choosing the right scent seems impossible sometimes because there is an aray of aromas to pick from. With this knowledge now learned men and women can go out and find a scent that will really drive the opposite sex wild. Trying to spice things up in the bedroom is something all couples would be interested in trying. As Diane Ackerman says in her book, A Natural History of the Senses, “Because women have often been responsible for initiating mating, smell has been their weapon, lure and clue”(pg.44). Ackerman goes on and tells us a story about how women in the Elizabethan Era used to stick a piece of apple peel under their armpits and give it to their lovers. They were known as love apples. The apple would hold the saturation of their ladies sweat so he may smell it for days of being apart. Food and smell have been closely related when it comes to intimate matters. A lot of our fragrances today try to imitate the smells of foods, like fruits, to lure the other sex in. So, the next time you are out meeting girls or with your loved one you should consider splashing a little bit of a cucumber smell, such as Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon scent, and see if you attract any women. Make it your little test to see if these scents really make an impact. If you have a partner make the test for the both of you, you wear a scent she desires and she wears a scent that you desire and see where that may lead. Ackerman (1990) “We don’t need it to survive (smell), but we crave it beyond all reason…” (p. 38)

References

 Ackerman, D. (1990). A Natural History of the Senses. New York: Random House Inc.

 Heitman, B. (2009 March). Cosmo Weekend What to do. Cosmopolitan, 193.

MicroNutra. Researchers Link Aromas to Sexual Arousal. Retrieved February 13, 2009, from http://www.micronutra.com/journal/female-sexual-arousal-disorder/researchers-link-aromas-to-sexual-arousal

(2009). Sexy Scents. Retrieved February 13, 2009, from Devices Review Web site: http://www.devicesreviews.info/62.html

(2009). Aphrodisiac. Retrieved April 5, 2009, from Dictionary.com Web site: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aphrodisiac

 

Goals:

This essay is a little different from the others in that my intended audience is Brock. From what I have gotten to know and read off his blog is that Brock is into comical things and a laid back kind of guy. I have to write about smell and I am going to try to incorporate some humor into my writing. Though most informational papers are boring, I am going to write an informational paper about how the smell of cucumbers arouse woman. I think it is an interesting topic and Brock might have a few laughs from this. My paper is going to be four to five pages long with three sources. I am going to include some quotes from Ackerman, Cosmo and online information. Along with that, I plan on using some pictures to aid my information. Hopefully, this will not be too boring and will keep Brock’s attention.

Afterwards:

                I feel like my paper turned out alright. I had a little trouble expanding on this topic, I’m not going to lie. I followed my genre of being an informational paper and I added pictures along with it that made it feel like it was kind of from a magazine or a paper. I think my title would make Brock curious and want to read about it because most guys are still out there trying to figure out how to attract the opposite sex. Not saying he can’t get a girl or whatnot, but it would just be comical for him. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and I was proud of myself for incorporating more quotes this time.

 

 

 

 

“Unlike the other senses, smell needs no interpreter.

The effect is immediate and undiluted by language, thought or translation.

A smell can be overwhelmingly nostalgic because it triggers

powerful images and emotions before we have

time to edit them.”

-Diane Ackerman

 

The Smell of Cucumbers Can Arouse Women?!

            When selecting a mate, most of the time we tend to attract toward those who take care of themselves. Those who clean up well like showering, brushing their teeth and smell good. Nothing is worse than a bad date with someone who smells awful. When becoming intimate with another person it is said that some “aromas can help stimulate sexual arousal.” MicroNutra Health (2008) Some of the obvious sweet smelling aromas like vanilla, fruit and flowers come to mind when you want to drive your partner wild. We tend to think that these sweet scents are the key to pleasure in the bedroom. However, one not commonly thought of fruit may drive your female partner more wild than any other scent, cucumber.

            Yes, cucumbers are considered a fruit because they have developed from flowers and encase seeds.  Writer Bethany Heitman from the magazine Cosmopolitan states, “…fascinating news: Researchers have discovered that the smell of cucumber-that’s right, cucumbers- makes women aroused.” (p. 193) Who would have thought that this fresh smelling fruit with their hint of a mild sweetness and bitterness would make your female partner so aroused? Cucumbers seem like the least likely fruit to pick because we often find ourselves more keen to the scents of much sweeter fruits like strawberry, for example. What about this scent triggers our nerve sending the message to our brain making us aroused?

Let’s go back to the basic overview and see how our nose even detects scents.When you smell something, sweet or stinky, the aromas flow up into your nasal cavity where they pass the cilia first.  The cilia are tiny hair-like projections that come out of your nasal wall. They plays the role in blocking any foreign objects, like dust, from further traveling up into the nasal cavity. Once the smell gets past the cilia and the mucus, it hits your olfactory nerve. The olfactory nerve helps distinguish smells and sends a signal to your brain. The brain is where you discover the meaning of the scent as sweet, bitter, stinky, fresh or whatever.  Ackerman (1990) noted that in humans, we “can detect over ten thousand different smells” (pg.1).  It is so amazing how this all happens and we have the capability to distinguish so many different scents.

            So how is it that foods like cucumbers and the candy Good & Plenty smells arouse women? These pheromones have a way with triggering our blood flow and making sexual desire more exciting. The freshness of cucumbers has been shown to increase vaginal blood flow in women and their arousal by thirteen percent. Other scents like banana nut bread, cherry and baby powder have had the same increasing effect on women. These scents will drive them to be more aroused and happy, making things in bedroom more electric for couples. Men are aroused by scents too.  Men and women are said to be aroused by the aromas of pumpkin pie or lavender; these scents are said to increase sexual drive as well.  The combination of pumpkin pie and lavender increased sexual arousal in females by eleven percent.

The word aphrodisiac means, when food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire .This topic has become very popular over recent years. Many are becoming more aware and interested in this phenomenon. Couples are trying to spice up their bedroom lives with these tricks. While chocolate has seemed to be the most popular, studies have shown many different foods, like cucumbers, have a great affect on women. More and more research is being looked into about different aromas and their effects with our sexual well being.

While most men wear cologne hoping to attract the scent of a significant other, studies have shown that men’s cologne actually decreases women’s arousal by one percent.  Mixing of fragrances though, like pumpkin pie and lavender have shown more dominate results. So instead of drenching yourself in scents like Axe or Abercrombie try using more natural and luring smells of fresh lavender or cool cucumber to create a greater effect to your partner, especially towards women.

Most of the time we do not realize that the perfume or cologne we are wearing will create such an effect on the opposite sex. Sometimes we just spritz ourselves with flowers aromas just to feel good about ourselves or it just becomes a habit. In order to make others feel good we must  feel good about ourselves. We rely on these products on the market to make us smell good and desirable. Choosing the right scent seems impossible sometimes because there is an aray of aromas to pick from. With this phenomenon, that certain smells create more arousal in the opposite sex, more people are looking into finding these scents and getting that extra edge with their partner.

As Diane Ackerman says in her book, A Natural History of the Senses, “Because women have often been responsible for initiating mating, smell has been their weapon, lure and clue.”(pg.44) Ackerman goes on and tells us a story about how women in the Elizabethan Era used to stick a piece of apple peel under their armpits and give it to their lovers. They were known as love apples. The apple would hold the saturation of their ladies sweat so he may smell it for days of being apart. Food and smell have been closely related when it comes to intimate matters. A lot of our fragrances today try to imitate the smells of foods, like fruits, to lure the other sex in.

            So the next time you are out meeting girls or with your loved one you should consider splashing a little bit of a cucumber smell, such as Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon scent, and see if you attract any women. Make it your little test to see if these scents really make an impact.   If you have a partner make the test for the both of you, you wear a scent she desires and she wears a scent that you desire and see where that may lead. Ackerman (1990) “We don’t need it to survive (smell), but we crave it beyond all reason…” (p. 38)

 

References

Ackerman, D. (1990). A Natural History of the Senses. New York: Random House Inc.

Heitman, B. (2009 March). Cosmo Weekend What to do. Cosmopolitan, 193.

MicroNutra. Researchers Link Aromas to Sexual Arousal. Retrieved February 13, 2009, from

            http://www.micronutra.com/journal/female-sexual-arousal-disorder/researchers-link-aromas-to-sexual-arousal

 

 

2 Responses to “Essay #3- The Smell of Cucumbers Can Arouse Women?!”

  1. reinakernicole Says:

    Cucumbers? who would have thought? It’s a good topic, and I like in the third paragraph where you gave a brief overview on the workings of the nose.

  2. singiserashleyxhvp Says:

    I thought your paper was really interesting. I would have never thought that cucumbers could arouse women. I liked how you included examples and quotes from the Ackerman book!


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