Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Better Loving Through Chemistry

"Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine..."
--Bob Dylan

Modern romance still depends on chemistry. You can place a personal ad or be witty and clever via e mail, but until you meet someone, look into their eyes, shake their hand or sit next to them, the chemistry is not there.
Scientists have discovered we cannot be truly happy with someone unless we are attracted to their natural smell.
As added proof, all of the pheromone perfumes failed to work any magic. We may be modernized, computerized, and sanitized, but our bodies still have some ancient ways about them. Our bodies know what we like on some uncivilized level.

Once you fall in love with someone, you come to associate their second layer of scent with the first real human layer. Actually, what you are smelling is the two working together. If your love wears Hanae Mori, and wears it well, you associate it with her in a positive way. If another wears it, you may enjoy smelling it, without being attracted to that person. It will smell different even if you can't really work it out that it does smell different.

Hanae Mori's Butterfly created by perfumer Bernard Ellena

Hanae Mori, the genius of Japanese fashion and Parisian haute couture, wished for a perfect fragrance to wear anytime.
The fragrance is a blend of berries, flowers, and woods, with a strong presence of vanilla and almond. A warm, sweet, woodsy Oriental.

True chemical attraction doesn't mean you have found your soul mate, however. You can still fall for the wrong person.
Still the ancient lure is hard to resist and gets people into trouble.

"The empress attracts you but oppression distracts you
And it makes you feel violent and strange...
...Memory, ecstasy, tyranny, hypocrisy
Betrayed by a kiss on a cool night of bliss
In the valley of the missing link
And you have no time to think."
--Bob Dylan