Pheromones, of course, are any class of chemicals which serve as a form of communication between members of a specie. Most famously, they are compounds that induce mating among insect species. While humans do produce and have olfactory receptors for pheromones, they are of little true utility in human sexuality. Never the less, this work playfully looks at the nineteenth century cliché of the dropped, perfumed handkerchief as a prelude to love and lovemaking. It is odd that this feminine object and the “chivalrous” gesture involved in its retrieval survive as cultural icons. As such, the perfumed handkerchief retains a certain (literally “Romantic”) aura. The enshrinement of such an object is testament to its preciousness and irrelevance.

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