The Scents of Men and Women

The Scents of Men and Women

The natural body odors from the underarms of women tend to smell like onions and grapefruit, whereas men smell more like rotten cheese. Women wear sweet perfume because it is closer to their natural scents, whereas men wear muskier scents because they are closer to their natural odors.

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from Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Diet, metabolism and biological sex are factors in what our body odor smells like. (0:19)

  • 2

    Perfume (which was gender-neutral) first arrived in Europe in the 14 century. (0:58)

  • 3

    The smell of the perfume or cologne you wear is actually the amplification of the bacterial alchemy of your own skin. (2:22)

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