Conventional wisdom says that the way to get a girl in the mood is to woo her with flowers or a candlelit dinner. Well, according to a new study, the way to a woman's heart may in fact be through the male sweat glands.

Apparently women's brains can differentiate between "normal sweat" and "sexual sweat," and the latter actually turns them on. Using incredibly sexy (not) armpit sweat pads, researchers at Rice collected two different sweat samples from a group of men: a normal sweat sample while the men watched "educational videos" (we're hoping it educated them on the art of buying jewelry) and a sex sample while the men watched, well, you can guess...

Then they exposed women to the different sweat scents and scanned their brains to see if the brain registered a difference. Women were more turned on when exposed to the sexual sweat, and a completely different part of their brains lit up. Perhaps Calvin Klein should consider a new fragrance line.

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Other scents that turn women on, according to Chicago's Smell and Taste Research Foundation:

1. Baby powder: Clean, simple, and incredibly sexy.
2. Cucumbers: The phallic implications here should be obvious.
3. Licorice: Perhaps the Good 'N' Plenty scent reminds us of movie-theater makeout session. Mmm, middle school!

While it wasn't mentioned by the study, we're wondering if this pheromonal awareness could explain why many women say they get a "spidey-sense" that their guy is cheating long before they have any sort of proof.

Tell us! What smells turn you on? I prefer fabric softener myself...

Susan Johnston is a writer/blogger in Boston.

Also on Lemondrop: Scent isn't the only way to get in the mood. Check out these fun plant and food aphrodisiacs.


10 Supposed Aphrodisiacs

    Avocado Avocado trees were called Ahuacuati, or "testicle tree," by the Aztecs. And they were forbidden by Catholic priests for their sex appeal (no joke).

    ulterior epicure, Flickr

    Chocolate The Aztecs worshipped this treat for its supposed aphrodisiac properties. While that's not scientifically proven, it does affect serotonin and the circulatory system. When both of those are kickin', it's definitely a lot easier to get in the mood.

    karenmcallister, Flickr

    Asparagus On top of making your pee smell funny, these phallic-shaped veggies are rich in Vitamin E, which is essential to a healthy sex drive and to producing sex hormones.

    geishaboy500, Flickr

    Cinnamon Buns Cinnamon buns are the number-one smell that turns guys on, according to research from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

    zebble, Flickr

    Eggs Eggs are a symbol of fertility (duh) dating back to ancient Greece and the Indian Kama Sutra. Choose eggs that are naturally fertilized -- many factory-laid eggs are not produced with an actual rooster, resulting in eggs with less hormones. A study showed that men who ate naturally fertilized eggs showed increased libido, sexual activity and stamina.

    aubergene, Flickr

    Epimedium grandiflorum This plant is known by many as Horny Goat Weed for its er, happy effect on goats. It's popular in Chinese medicine and has been around for over 2000 years. It's frequently found in pill form and is considered to be safe.

    halle, Flickr

    Spanish Fly The most famous of aphrodisiacs is made up of crushed beetles and more than a little is believed to be fatal.

    Muchaxo, Flickr

    Ginseng Thought to posses "aphrodisiac properties," Ginseng is also a popular Chinese medicine. It also translates as "man root." So maybe that explains it.

    GeekySpaz, Flickr

    Spicy Stuff Chilies and peppers are known to pep up the sex drive, so if your guy can handle the heat, bring it into the kitchen. Chili peppers can stimulate the nervous system and pump up the drive in girls and guys alike.

    adactio, Flickr

    Turkey If you thought you felt a little tingle on Turkey Day, you were probably not alone. Turkey is often blamed for making us sleepy, but it turns out it is the same element that causes drowsiness, tryptophan, that's actually sending us to bed for a different reason.

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