7 Interesting Facts About Love

7 Interesting Facts About Love That Just Might Surprise You...

#1  sweat is used as an ingredient in perfume 

Historically, sweat has been an active ingredient in perfume. 

Source:  2004. Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love. New York, NY: Henry Hold and Company, LLC.


Romantic love lasts just over a year, perhaps because the brain cannot eternally maintain a revved-up state of romantic bliss. As romantic love wanes, attachment love, a more stable love, sets in. To keep the passion alive, experts suggest doing satisfying and exciting activities as a couple.

Source:  2004. Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love. New York, NY: Henry Hold and Company, LLC.


Roses are a traditional symbol of love and, depending on their color, can suggest different nuances of love. For example, red roses indicate passion and true love. Light pink suggests desire, passion, and energy; dark pink suggests gratitude.

Coral roses suggest desire. Yellow roses can mean friendship or jealousy. A lavender or thorn-less rose can mean love at first sight. White roses mean virtue or devotion.  Orange roses mean desire and enthusiasm. Peach suggest appreciation.

Source:  2012. "The Meaning of Roses. " Real Knowledge Data Network .  Accessed November 13, 2013




The longer and more deliberate a courtship, the better the prospects for a long marriage. People who have intense, Hollywood-type romances at the beginning are more likely to divorce.

Source:  Lewis, Thomas, M.D.; Fari Amini, M.D.; and Richard Lannon, M.D. 2000. A General Theory of Love. New York, NY: Random House.


Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris  or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart.

Source:  "Engagement Ring."    Accessed November 13, 2013


Many cultures use knots as symbols of an eternal love that has neither a beginning nor an end. Young Muslim women would send love messages to their lovers using intricate knots.

Source:  Tresidder, Jack. 2005. The Complete Book of Symbols. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.


The average person has sex 103 times per year.  

Source:  "Sex By The Numbers."  Woman's Day .  Accessed November 13, 2013