Skip to comments.Men smell of cheese, women of onion: Study
Posted on 01/29/2009 6:47:57 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
LONDON: It is often suggested that there's natural smell in females that arouse males, but a team of testers have now found that women smell of onions while men smell of cheese.
A Swiss team of researchers, who studied the armpit sweat samples from 24 males and 25 females, found marked differences in the sweat from men and women after they had spent time in a sauna or 15 minutes on an exercise bike.
"Men smell of cheese, and women of grapefruit or onion," said Christian Starkenmann of Firmenich, a company in Geneva that researches flavours and perfumes for food and cosmetics companies.
A team of independent testers recruited by the scientists found the smell from women's armpits was more unpleasant. According to the results, which appear in Chemical Senses, women's armpit sweat contained relatively high levels of an odourless sulphur-containing compound - 5 milligrams per millilitre of sweat versus 0.5 milligrams in men, the New Scientist magazine reported today.
When the researchers mixed this compound in the lab with bacteria commonly found in the armpit, the bugs turned it into a thiol - a previously discovered odour from armpits that is akin to onion.
Men had relatively high levels of an odourless fatty acid which turned into a cheesy odour when exposed to the same types of bacteria.
The balance of oniony to cheesy precursors in women's sweat made it smell worse than men's as rated by independent smell assessors. The research could lead to a new understanding of body odour - and a new range of deodorants designed to tackle the unique smells of men and women.
Earlier, scientists in the US have suggested that women can sense if a man is attracted to her by the smell of his armpit sweat.
“Come on, baby...make a quesadilla with me.”
I have heard that Europeans smell.
Let me be the first to say it. I like cheese.
But... I don’t smell like it.
(Is there a point to this thread - just asking?)
It’s according to what she looks like.
Yes, one needs to keep up-to-date with today's research.
Your mother is an hamster and your father smells of elderberries!
But... The last stegosaurus has been dead and rotting for, well, a long time...
Oh wait, I get it!
I condend they'd make more money if they tailor the scents to mirror the after effects of beans and, er, ... sardines.
I like onions.
I smell like a rose.
I am very troubled by this study. I don’t like onions at all, and yet I’m a heterosexual male...or am I? I guess I’ll need to await further studies to make a final determination on this.
I like when my GF smells like onions, peppers, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes and all the other stuff that goes into the Chicken Parmesan she makes sooooooooooo well! OH YEAH, BABY!
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As the blind man said as he walked by the Fish Market...
“Good Morning Ladies”
I don’t know if I smell like cheese, but I tend to CUT the cheese a lot.
A good honey and alum douche works on females.
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