Beautiful girls and seductive perfume: it’s a match made in heaven. No wonder Andrej Lupin’s latest lesbian movie for Viv Thomas has the slick, stylish vibe of a high class fragrance commercial; it’s called “Redolence” – meaning scent or odor – and features two gorgeous models, a stylist and a photographer, who get aroused as they work together to shoot a perfume advert.
But just what is it about fragrance that is such a turn on?
Well, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the human brain is the largest sexual organ in the body. We are all turned on by a multitude of stimuli, which vary from moment to moment, and each of these stimuli is judged for their sexual desirability by the brain before any other organ is given free rein to enjoy them.
Men respond primarily to visual stimuli. A little bit of cleavage, a flash of leg through a split skirt, a tight dress that hugs the figure; men are pre-programmed to respond to these visual cues on a subconscious level.
Women are thought to rely less on a prospective partner’s looks than on their abilities. Most abundant in the animal world is the desire to mate with the strongest partner available, giving offspring the highest chance of flourishing.
But there are more stimuli at work on the brain than these basic evolutionary drives. Undoubtedly, touch plays a large role in sexual arousal – it’s practically impossible to enjoy a sexual encounter without at least one tactile element – but the role of smell should also not be underestimated.
At the base end of the spectrum, studies into a woman’s sexual response to male axillary extracts, specifically androstenol (fresh sweat prior to exposure to oxygen) have shown that there is an increased positive-stimulated mood after exposure. It’s a subtle, subconscious trigger; and one that can be manipulated to powerful effect.
Perfume has been used by both sexes for centuries and across many cultures. One might presume that it is primarily used by women, in order to attract men; yet in fact, the response to these olfactory stimulants is markedly more noticeable in women than it is in men.
Musk, an ingredient commonly used in perfume, has 1,000 times greater an effect on sexual arousal in women than it does in men. Indeed, the wearing of perfume influences the wearer’s sexual arousal as much as it does anyone around them who also enjoys it.
Odor plays an important role in our sense of wellbeing, as scents that we find pleasing increase our levels of happiness and positivity, and these in turn have an effect on our sexual desire. The “smell of a woman” is often cited as attractive, and pleasing to both males and females.
These discoveries into olfactory arousal in men and women stemmed from the realization by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch that patients who lost their sense of smell also suffered from sexual dysfunction. What followed was an astounding experiment in which the doctor revealed that smells we would never associate with sexual arousal do have some noticeable effects. Licorice, for example, was found to have an effect on women, while pumpkin pie acted as an olfactory stimulus for men.
While the role of the sense of smell in sexuality is not yet fully understood, there is no doubt it can be a powerful attractant, contribute to arousal, and bring sensual pleasure to one’s partner and oneself. Why not let the gorgeous girls of “Redolence” – Anie Darling, Cristal Caitlin, Linda Brugal and Jenny Manson – stimulate all your senses as they indulge theirs!