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Can you orgasm just by sniffing this one weird thing…?

If ever anything deserved a clickbait title, it’s this. When someone in the pub told me that there was a mushroom that could give me an orgasm, my initial reaction was to tell him that even if someone’s got a fairly short penis, calling it a mushroom might be a bit harsh. Thing is, he meant an actual mushroom.


Yep, apparently scientists have discovered a funghi that can give women orgasms through their nose.

There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. According to academics,

“There are significant sexual arousal characteristics present in the foetid odour of this unique mushroom.”

Which means you put it in front of your face and give it a good sniff. As far as chat-up lines go, it’s a winner with me.

After my initial bafflement about the existence of such a magical object, I had three very important questions:

  1. Where can I get it?
  2. Does it work on guys as well?
  3. No, seriously, where can I get it?

And because I’m nice I’ll answer those questions for you here:

  1. Apparently it grows in Hawaii, so if you were hoping to find it in your local Tesco any time soon you’re, frankly, out of luck.
  2. It doesn’t work on guys. Intriguingly, the chemical properties of the mushroom are said to only trigger a sexual response in women. Guys you’ll have to stick to the delights of used panties if you’re after a sexy scent.

Naturally anything which can be said to cause arousal just by smell is pretty damn intriguing. For years we’ve searched for the right aftershave or perfume to get potential partners interested, and when it comes to sex itself there are all manner of pheromone sprays and scented doodads to enhance the experience. Let’s face it, if you want to have a long night of passion, tickling the senses with a scented candle or two is one of the ways you can make it more special.

But what are the sexiest smells? I utterly hate mushrooms – I used to be vegetarian and was relentlessly annoyed with how many restaurants just go ‘a burger, you say? We’ll just slap a mushroom on a bun and no one will know the difference.’ Blergh. I can tell you that vegetarians might be iron-deficient but we’re not completely ignorant. Mushrooms taste like crap, beef does not. It’s an easy distinction. Given that, I’m skeptical about the effects that this particular funghi would produce (I guarantee that me being sick in a bucket and calling for chips to take the taste away does not make for a romantic night in), I find myself wishing they could have found something sexier. Strawberries, perhaps? Or gin? Or that amazing smell when a guy comes home from the pub with the twin scents of whisky and cigarettes on his breath. Maybe that last one’s just me.

Still, if you’re looking for something to stimulate that underused sense – smell – in the bedroom, you might be waiting a while before there’s a handy ‘orgasmic mushroom scented candle.’ There are plenty of alternatives, though, if you fancy having a browse.

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