By MH Staff - Posted on 11th March 2014
Lust is nothing but the firing of synapses in her brain. If you learn the right formulas, you can manufacture the reaction.
YOUR ACTION: Arrange to meet her for a pre-dinner cocktail and whet her appetite with a Mojito. HER REACTION: Limes are a rich source of vitamin C, which helps produce more testosterone. “Research shows that testosterone affects sex drive in women,” says psychologist and sex therapist Dr Lori Boul. The Mojito’s mint also focuses her interest and attention according to a University of Cincinnati study. Consider her senses sharpened.
YOUR ACTION: It’s a noisy bar, so lean in close – and let her catch a hint of your liquorice and musk aftershave. Emporio Armani Remix and Narciso Rodriguez for Him both feature these ingredients. HER REACTION: “The scent of liquorice has been found to increase blood flow and boost women’s arousal by 13%,” says Dr Laura Berman, an expert in female sexual health. Women are also highly sensitive to the scent of musk, which mimics the smell of male hormones. Your odds are looking up.
YOUR ACTION: Whatever the weather, wear a jersey. And make sure it’s not ratty and cheap – a hoodie won’t cut it. HER REACTION: Recent research presented at the US Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology showed that women are attracted to animal fabrics like wool and silk. Softer textures also trigger oxytocin, the brain’s “bonding hormone”. So slip your arm around your date and let her feel the finest wool brushing against her skin.
YOUR ACTION: Don’t bother with Michelin stars. Just take her out for a nice hot curry. HER REACTION: “Hot food will increase her heart rate and flush her skin,” says Berman, “which fools her body into thinking it’s being aroused.” Curry also triggers dopamine production. “Dopamine controls pleasure, motivation and concentration,” says Tracy Cox author of Hot Sex (R148, Kalahari). So hopefully, a mango lassi won’t be the only thing on the menu for afters.
YOUR ACTION: Thought you’d find a nice quiet corner for last orders? Think again. Stop for a nightcap at a busy local bar instead. HER REACTION: Studies have shown clear links between sensory overload (i.e. jostling crowds and thumping music) and neurotransmitters. “These ‘excitatory hormones’ create a racing heart and an adrenal rush of excitement which stoke her arousal levels,” says Cox. Just watch out for other wannabe chemists at the “lab”.
YOUR ACTION: Back at your flat, sidestep the slow, seductive music. Instead, stick your iPod in the dock and head straight for your hip-hop playlist. HER REACTION: The average resting female heartbeat is around 70bpm. To raise the stakes, play music with a rhythm slightly faster. “Research has shown that, when subjects look at erotic pictures and hear a more rapid heartbeat, they are invariably fooled into finding that picture more attractive,” says Boul. Most hip-hop is in this higher rhythm range. Try Kanye West or Ne-Yo, but avoid Snoop at all costs. Particularly “Pimpin’ Ain’t EZ”.
YOUR ACTION: Turning the lights low is a classic manoeuvre. But that alone won’t increase her desire – unless you screw in orange bulbs. HER REACTION: A study by the University of South Carolina found that amber lighting was directly linked to female arousal, causing nitric oxide to be released by her body. “It causes her blood vessels to dilate, allowing more blood to be pumped and heightening arousal,” says Cox. It’s the same chemical triggered by Viagra – and orange bulbs are cheaper than blue pills.