We're Very Fortunate People.

To the lucky few of us that can smell the pheromones in skunk spray, it has a delightfully sweet and intoxicating musky edge to it, mostly noticeable on a fresh spray or on the wind. I got myself sprayed tonight to sample it once again and I have to say I'm reeking beautifully and happy as a clam about it. Each sniff brings me intense relaxation, joy, and even arousal. It's odd, skunk being a scent that both relaxes and entices, but so it is. Nice to get my aromatherapy for free, even if it is from an unwilling source

Fellow skunk sniffers, don't be afraid to speak out, it's perfectly natural to enjoy pheromones, humans evolved to enjoy them even if sadly we seem to be losing the ability to detect them more with each generation. Let's be proud to be a minority that breathes deeply of nature's bounty when others complain and roll up their windows!
Tybron Tybron
31-35, M
1 Response Dec 1, 2012

You know, I never thought I was "different", just figured I had I had an acute sense of smell and a love of our natural scents, like body odors (as in that they're natural but society programs us against them.)

But reading this and how I actually like the smell of skunk in the wind (smells like spring to me) maybe there is something more to it after all.

An ability to detect and enjoy more of nature's bounty. Always thought it weird how we have 5 senses but the sense of smell is so often ignored or suppressed. Might be different and lucky.

I would say so. Humans largely evolved out of smelling pheromones (and much else) when we developed agriculture and stopped needing to smell prey to survive. Nonetheless despite having a vastly inferior sense of smell to most land mammals, we still use the sense frequently to prevent eating rotten food, or even in mate selection (seems like I read that detecting pheromones is more common in females than males).

10% of Americans polled admitted to secretly enjoying skunk scent on the wind. There's various theories as to why, mostly revolving around the sense of smell being linked to memories, so if you associate a certain odor positively (such as a lover's cologne) you'll enjoy it even if . you hated it before.

Another theory I've heard is that our noses are missing receptors that would otherwise make us hate the smell. I doubt that in my case since my one time smelling a western spotted skunk at 12 years old, I nearly threw up from how potent and sulfuric it was.

I know in my case it's likely a combination of positive association and also pheromones, since when I'm sprayed by an angry male skunk the scent is far harsher, more garlicky and chemical, yet female skunks are always sweeter and pleasingly musky, even intoxicating (which I'd ascribe to hormonal changes, especially around mating season).

Whatever the case, the way I see it, that's one more thing you can luckily sit back and enjoy when everyone else is being dramatic.