Perfumes and scented lotions only go so far when it comes to attracting a man; the body does the rest, MyFox National reported Monday.

According to a study done by researchers at Florida State University, men are unconsciously attracted to the natural scent of a woman, even more so when the woman is ovulating, Discovery News reported.

"This is an issue that has been hotly debated: whether or not ovulation is concealed in human females," Jon Maner, a co-author of the recent paper in Psychological Science told Discovery News. "In lots of other species, there are very obvious indicators, but it has long been assumed that human females didn't give off these cues."

To test this hypothesis, psychological scientists Saul L. Miller and Jon K. Maner from Florida State University performed two experiments.

The first scheme consisted of four women wearing plain, white T-shirts for three straight nights. Half of the women were ovulating and half were not. The second scenario added brand-new, unworn T-shirts into the mix.

The T-shirts were placed in plastic bags, which dozens of men were brought in to smell. The ones who smelled the shirts of the ovulating women had testosterone levels approximately 37 percent higher than those who smelled the shirts of the non-ovulating women. The second experiment involved men with just 15 percent higher testosterone levels.

Still, the results are somewhat enticing. Scientists now have solid data to support the claim that men are more attracted to fertile women. The question of why still remains unknown.

Nonetheless, this is a huge finding for smell scientists trying to prove the relationship of testosterone levels in men to estrogen levels in women. "This is one of the first papers to show (a change in testosterone) in response to a chemical stimulus," said Jim Roney, a scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara to Discovery News . "It’s a new area of research."

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