The Scent of Eros: Mysteries of Odor in Human Sexuality

book Scent of Eros by James V. Kohl

Scent of Eros
by James V. Kohl

Reviewers’ comments

please note that most of these reviews are from people “in the know” many of whom specialize in behavioral development.

“This is science at its best, with adventure ideas, and lots of facts… You will never look at your lover or your family the same way again.” –Helen Fisher, Ph.D., author of The Anatomy of Love

“This book examines odors and subliminal scents (termed sex attractants or pheromones), and how they influence numerous aspects of our sexuality and sexual behavior. While presenting important and complex research, the book is accessible to the general reader and makes science applicable to daily life.”
–(1996) SIECUS Report 24:3.

“A challenging and original work at the cutting edge of sexual science…”
— Timothy Perper, Ph.D., author of Sex Signals: The Biology of Love

“…intriguing book on the role of odor in human sexuality. …written at a level understandable to the educated public…”
–Wiederman, M.W. (1995) Journal of Sex Research 32: 257-259.

“Recent discoveries seem to show that, like animals, we humans are driven by odors — the famed pheromones. Here may lie the secret of why and whom we love, how often we have sex, what establishes the bond between infant and mother, and even our sexual orientation.”
–Elliott, T. (1995) Mensa Bulletin Oct: 35.

“… Kohl and Francoeur lead us on a treasure hunt through history, literature, and scientific data…”
–Gina Ogden, Ph.D., author of Women Who Love Sex

“An astonishing collection of research.”
–David Schnarch, Ph.D., author of Constructing the Sexual Crucible

Full text of the Human Nature review by Mark Sergeant, Psychology Division, The Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG1 4BU, United Kingdom.

Full text of the Institute for Psychological Therapies (forensics) review.

Full text of an Epinions review.

Reviewed in 1995dec CHOICE. This is a popular and sometimes even jazzy presentation of the role of pheromones as chemical messengers in the sexual behavior of a variety of animals, possibly including humans.


James Vaughn Kohl and Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D.

309 pages – publication date July 2002

This updated edition is available through most book outlets (e.g., and Barnes and Noble).

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