Every time you think you have men figured out, they'll surprise you - breaking up with a gorgeous woman to date someone of average looks, or complimenting you on the one part of your body that you hate the most. So what is it about you that turns a guy on, anyway?
1) Your smell
No matter how evolved we believe we are, humans are still animals. One of the most powerful sexual attractants is smell, even though we're largely unaware of it.
Think about it - haven't you ever been turned off by a man because you didn't like the way he smelled?
And haven't there been other men you've known who smelled so good that you just wanted to curl up in their arms and stay there all night? Men are susceptible to the same primal seduction of scent, too, even if they aren't consciously aware of it.
In fact, some of it is completely beyond their control. In a 2006 study done at Prague's Charles University, a group of men were asked to sniff pads that had been worn under the armpits of unidentified women for 24 hours.
The women didn't wear perfumes, use deodorants, eat spicy or smelly foods, smoke, drink alcohol or use hormonal contraceptives, and the pads were collected during three phases of their hormonal cycles. The men then rated the pads for their "attractiveness" and "intensity." The result the men consistently rated the most attractive smells as those from the time between the first day of menstruation and of ovulation.
In other words, you're the most attractive when you smell fertile. But it can go even further than that. Chicago's Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found that there are certain scents that men find arousing - most notably pumpkin pie and lavender. So next time you want to get a man's interest, ditch the heavily floral perfume and try something with notes of vanilla and cinnamon - he'll spend the whole night nuzzling your neck and not even know why!
2) Your looks
This seems like a no-brainer - and, literally, it is. The most primitive instinct is the urge to mate, and nature created a few fail-safes to make sure that procreation carries on in an efficient manner.
One of these fail-safes is an innate male attraction to women of child-bearing age. But how do men instinctively know a woman is a good risk for making babies? Easy - she looks like she's healthy. Thick shiny hair, clear skin, and bright eyes are all immediate signs that a woman is young, healthy, and eating enough protein to nurture a life inside of her.
You may not want children right now - or ever - and maybe he doesn't, either. But he's still going to be attracted to those signs that you're fertile, no matter what your age or intentions.
There's a reason we spend so much time and money on hair color, conditioners and cosmetics - they mimic nature's come-hither signals to the males of the species.
The same reasoning applies to why men are drawn to women with shapely hips and breasts, by the way. They're indications that you have all the right equipment needed to do the mommy-daddy dance!
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