Masculinity by Intense (a.k.a. "N10Z") is a pheromone fragrance designed to enhance “male-to-male” attraction. I’ve never understood pheromone perfumes. I naturally secrete pheromones, so why do I need to add more pheromones to my body with a fragrance? If pheromones encourage others to come my way, does adding extra pheromones to my person provide too much of a good thing? Will the Human Hurricane of Pheromones I’ll become by wearing a pheromone-rich fragrance make people want to know me…or devour me? Can wearing a pheromone perfume be dangerous?
If Val Lewton were alive I’d pitch him a movie: Fatal Attractant
Place: Coastal university town
Who/What: A lonely (and lazy) gay science professor, Mr. Y, concocts a pheromone spray that will render him enticing to other gay men At first, the pheromone spray works: men notice him, chat him up. Then…his clothes disappear from the clothesline; peeping toms stare into his home; male students loiter at his university office door. As Mr. Y’s natural pheromones interact with the laboratory-made pheromone spray, things go awry; everywhere he goes he is followed, groped, manhandled. Mr. Y’s auto insurance rates rise as men in speeding cars ram into his bumper. Living La Vida Pheromone is hard on our professor.
The turning point/‘pheromone overdose’: the professor’s new beau goes from kissing Mr. Y’s fingers to trying to eat one for lunch…an ear-nibble turns into a piercing as incisor impales lobe…and so on.
Fatal finale: A beach at sunset; Mr. Y screams: I want to be alooooooone! and swims into the ocean to wash off the pheromones for good; he is pursued by hundreds of men. They all swim farther and farther out; the currents rage. Mr. Y, saturated to the core of his being with pheromones that will not stop emitting come-hither vibes, dies of exhaustion and sinks to the ocean floor. His energized “followers,” unsatisfied, turn and start swimming to the shore as…
Back at the university…Professor Y’s bottles of pheromone liquid (“camouflaged” in Evian bottles) are mistakenly taken to a faculty dinner party…. Will civilization survive?
Masculinity by Intense was released last year and it contains bergamot, mandarin, basil, clove, amber, cedar, leather, black pepper, sandalwood, vanilla, white musk and the N10Z (pronounced "intense") male pheromone. N10Z is “known to enhance attraction and confidence.”
Masculinity by Intense “feels” like a water-based scent; it goes on wet and takes a minute or two to dry on skin. The aromas of the fragrance are pleasant: black pepper, sheer cedar and leather, lightest vanilla, a hint of musk. The fragrance is well-blended and if you’re looking for a mildly spiced cedar scent for warm weather, or if you’re a pepper lover, this is a good choice. Masculinity by Intense’s cedar and pepper notes blend especially well with citrus perfumes – I liked Masculinity by Intense layered with Monsieur Balmain (let’s call it Monsieur Masculinité, shall we?)
Masculinity by Intense has minimal sillage but lasts all day on my skin. I would categorize this as a unisex fragrance, but perhaps a warning should be issued to women wearing male pheromones — especially pheromones designed to attract other men? That's a whole nother movie pitch, isn't it?
I’m not a scientist. I didn’t excel at chemistry in school. Maybe pheromones are not sinister when added to a perfume…but maybe they don’t do much either. Certainly no man, gay or otherwise, showed any out-of-the-ordinary interest in me on the days I wore the fragrance. I didn’t feel extra confidence either. But maybe my cute, always-desirable, eternally confident self is hard to improve upon?