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Follow your nose

Stop the presses!  A new study proves that women's olfactories are more sensitive than men's. Hence, women are more sensitive to body odors than men are.

Well, now there's rocket surgery worth spending money on!

The study, published in the Flavour and Fragrance Journal, was conducted at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, an independent non-profit basic research institute in Philadelphia. (

According to the study, men and women have equal abilities to smell or not smell all other things in the world, but women have now been proven to be more sensitive to bodily odors.

And this comes as a surprise to whom???

It brings back memories of bags of hockey equipment my mother banned to the basement following some smelly, sweaty old game. And the way I used to insist my exhusband keep his stinky boat shoes outside on the deck so they didn't overwhelm the house w/the smell of dirty lake water combined w/his yicky, smelly old sweaty foot odor (I still cringe when thinking of it).

But, just because women are more sensitive to body odors, is that a bad thing?

It's also a fact that people are attracted to the scent of others. Before Mr. Organization left my house on Monday morning, he dropped a sweatshirt in my laundry hamper. I quickly retrieved it before he'd even driven to the county line and drew it to my face and took in a big whiff. I love, love, love the way he smells. And because he lives 500 miles away and I can't yell at him for leaving stinky, sweaty socks around the house on a daily basis, whenever he leaves, I treasure the smelly sweatshirt he leaves behind because it smells just like him.

According to the study noted above, researchers figure women take body odors into consideration when choosing a mate presumably, well, for mating purposes.

Hence, my comments above regarding my stinky exhusband vs my enchantment w/the delicious scent of my fiance', Mr. Organization, indicate to me that I likely never should have married Mr. Stinky and instead should have waited to find a mate whose smell drove me wild.

Is this study telling us that we should follow our noses just as we have always been advised to "follow our gut" feelings?

Sounds like the advice I learned from Tucan Sam, the colorful mascot of Kellogg's Fruit Loops as a kid, was right:  "Follow your always knows!"


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