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Do Pheromones Really Work?

In short, it's debatable. "There has been a lot of misconception about what human pheromones do," author and neuroscientist Dr. Charles Wysocki told The New York Times. "We do know there are several types of pheromones," he added. "Modulator pheromones have shown us, for example, when women are exposed to certain male underarm compounds, they become less tense, more relaxed."

Those testosterone-like compounds are replicated, and formulated into products like Dial for Men Magnetic Attraction Enhancing Body Wash. "We don’t claim using our product you’re going to hit a home run,” said Ryan Gaspar of Dial. "We say, ‘We’ll get you to first base,’ " he explained. Or, perhaps it's just that wearing these frisky scents work like a placebo effect, boosting the confidence levels of the person who's wearing them. Find out more after the jump.

"For humans, though, it’s usually love at first sight, not love at first smell," according to biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher. It seems to come down to a statement made by Dr. Wysocki: "How human pheromones work is still totally questionable," So, the next time you pick up your pheromone-enhanced Urban Decay Pocket Rocket or Paris Hilton Eau de Parfum Spray ($39), wear it with a spring in your step, but let your personality win them over, instead.

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