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Women Better Than Men at Detecting Body Odor

Women More Sensitive to Stinkiness Than Men

Well, I could have told you that based on purely anecdotal evidence (i.e., growing up with a teenage brother), but now I've got the scientists to back me up. According to a new study out of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, women are far more adept than men at cutting through fancy colognes to detect a dude's scent.

Apparently, men and women are equally skilled at detecting stink, but women aren't as easily fooled by cover-ups:

Underarm odors alone smelled equally strong to women and men. But when fragrances were introduced, only two of 32 fragrances blocked underarm odor when women were doing the sniffing, compared with 19 fragrances that blocked the odor for men.

The scientists surmise that women are better at detecting "biologically relevant" information — perhaps whether he's in the mood or sweating out pheromones. So does that mean BO can help you pick a sig-o?


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Oh lord this reminds me of a time my friend Amanda and I were waiting on some takeout and two guys strolled in to the sub shop and my God their smell was brutal. We were both gagging it was so bad, I couldn't help but wonder how can they not smell themselves???!!
neonbee neonbee 8 years
I get really bad headaches when I smell BO. So a stinky boyfriend is really a no-no for me.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
a nice smell is very important in a man...good cologne and frequent showers will help that i've never had a problem with a stinky boy, aside from the occasional gross hockey bag in the back seat of a car. my boyfriend showers about 2 times a day at least, sometimes 3, and wears yummy cologne so i'm always pleased when i sniff him
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Don't women have more smell receptors or something? I want to say I read that somewhere...
I can't stand stinkness. I don't care how good looking you are if you stink I am instantly turned off. I get a whiff of bad breath or musty arm pit...I am ready to gag. Also if any one is close enough for me to smell it, I tell them right if I know them...not random stinky people.
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