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Men smell of cheese, women of onion: Study
PTI ^ | 29 Jan 2009 | PTI

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.


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Science
KEYWORDS: bodyodor; cheese; french; men; moose; sexdifferences; sister; sweat; women
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1 posted on 01/29/2009 6:47:58 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

“Come on, baby...make a quesadilla with me.”


2 posted on 01/29/2009 6:48:56 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!


3 posted on 01/29/2009 6:50:48 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing! I'm a doctor, and I won't touch that thing!)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
Word on the street is that Nazi Pelosi smells of Botox, and Helen Thomas smells like a stegosaurus
4 posted on 01/29/2009 6:50:51 AM PST by exile (I will NOT submit.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I have heard that Europeans smell.


5 posted on 01/29/2009 6:51:18 AM PST by CobraJet
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

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?)


6 posted on 01/29/2009 6:52:05 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

It’s according to what she looks like.


7 posted on 01/29/2009 6:53:00 AM PST by devane617 (Republican's first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Is there a point to this thread...

Yes, one needs to keep up-to-date with today's research.

8 posted on 01/29/2009 6:53:15 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

“Your mother is an hamster and your father smells of elderberries!”


9 posted on 01/29/2009 6:55:21 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: exile
Word on the street is that Nazi Pelosi smells of Botox, and Helen Thomas smells like a stegosaurus

But... The last stegosaurus has been dead and rotting for, well, a long time...

Oh wait, I get it!

10 posted on 01/29/2009 6:56:06 AM PST by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
"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.

I condend they'd make more money if they tailor the scents to mirror the after effects of beans and, er, ... sardines.

11 posted on 01/29/2009 6:56:30 AM PST by meandog (The two named Bush get the bird from this hand!))
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I like onions.

12 posted on 01/29/2009 6:57:05 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Ronald Reagan had a vision of America. Barack Obama has a vision of Barack Obama.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I smell like a rose.


13 posted on 01/29/2009 6:57:45 AM PST by yobid (Psssst .....he's 1/2 white.....pass it on.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

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.


14 posted on 01/29/2009 6:57:51 AM PST by Texan Tory
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

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!


15 posted on 01/29/2009 6:59:40 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

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16 posted on 01/29/2009 7:00:22 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: Texan Tory

As the blind man said as he walked by the Fish Market...
“Good Morning Ladies”


17 posted on 01/29/2009 7:00:56 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Cheese?..................


18 posted on 01/29/2009 7:00:59 AM PST by Red Badger (I was sad because I had no shoes to throw, until I met a reporter who had no feet.....)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I don’t know if I smell like cheese, but I tend to CUT the cheese a lot.


19 posted on 01/29/2009 7:02:50 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. ---- Will Rogers)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
They must have only tested French.

A good honey and alum douche works on females.

20 posted on 01/29/2009 7:03:15 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (!yaw gnorw eht su gnikat si noitartsinimdA amabO ehT)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I like my onions raw.


21 posted on 01/29/2009 7:04:02 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: andy58-in-nh

And hot and steamy~!


22 posted on 01/29/2009 7:04:32 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Robe

“Good Morning Ladies”

That’s european women. American women bathe.


23 posted on 01/29/2009 7:06:58 AM PST by toomuchcoffee ( Yeah, I'll help you buy some real estate)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Who smells like nachos?


24 posted on 01/29/2009 7:08:13 AM PST by ponygirl (I am opposed to Communists of any color.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

A good honey and alum douche works on females

WTF?!


25 posted on 01/29/2009 7:08:45 AM PST by toomuchcoffee ( Yeah, I'll help you buy some real estate)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
Is that with or without the use of antiperspirant / deodorants? If without, this test is pretty useless unless it is aimed at calculating the pickup factor in a gym       or Europe.
26 posted on 01/29/2009 7:10:35 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Confidential to MSM: "Better Red than Read" is a failed business model.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
The age-old quote from Hamlet "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark..." has now been answered. It was Claudius.
27 posted on 01/29/2009 7:10:53 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09".... um, what happened?)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

pucker up sweetie?


28 posted on 01/29/2009 7:11:44 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Confidential to MSM: "Better Red than Read" is a failed business model.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

In other news, astronomers working with a measly $20 million dollar NSF grant have discovered a gaseous discharge from, as one researcher told the other, “the soft core of Uranus”.


29 posted on 01/29/2009 7:12:17 AM PST by steve8714 (How do you know your tattoo doesn't read "I love Mangina" in Chinese?)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

A natural smell that arouses men? Yes, but it doesn’t smell like onions, it smells like women.


30 posted on 01/29/2009 7:13:21 AM PST by SampleMan (Community Organizer: What liberals do when they run out of college, before they run out of Marxism.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun, to be inclusive.
31 posted on 01/29/2009 7:16:26 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II, overdue.)
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To: NonValueAdded; toomuchcoffee
I don't know, but I've heard that alum makes things tight and that honey makes things sweet.

Just sayin'.

32 posted on 01/29/2009 7:16:44 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
precursors in women's sweat made it smell worse than men's

 

Bull

33 posted on 01/29/2009 7:17:07 AM PST by grjr21
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

A team of independent testers recruited by the scientists found the smell from women’s armpits was more unpleasant.

What a great addition to a resume’: Employment...Title: Armpit sweat sniffer


34 posted on 01/29/2009 7:17:22 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
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35 posted on 01/29/2009 7:25:05 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Where’s the moose that bit my sister?


36 posted on 01/29/2009 7:31:38 AM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: ladyvet

I hear the White House smells like sulfur these days...


37 posted on 01/29/2009 7:38:16 AM PST by randomwalk (Liberalism is a psychosis...)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

My dog has no nose.


38 posted on 01/29/2009 7:40:08 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

In younger days, one of my favorite dates was a chick who really put out, then at midnight turned into a six pack and a roast beef sandwich!

CA....


39 posted on 01/29/2009 7:40:09 AM PST by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've at last found that silly grin!)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Mmmm... This morning I smell of cinnamon, having made fresh, homemade from yeasty scratch, cinnamon rolls. Tonight I will smell of meatloaf and garlicky noodles. The french smell of cheese and the english of onions. Americans smell of whatever they want to.


40 posted on 01/29/2009 7:43:52 AM PST by toomuchcoffee ( Yeah, I'll help you buy some real estate)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Actually the girls at the Dragon bar in Dongduchoen smell like kimchee. And yes, that is a good thing.


41 posted on 01/29/2009 7:44:03 AM PST by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I smell like cheese? Is that Gouda?


42 posted on 01/29/2009 7:46:58 AM PST by socal_parrot (Help.)
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To: pappyone

I used to think they all smelled like beer and cigarettes.


43 posted on 01/29/2009 7:48:55 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet!)
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To: exile
Word on the street is that Nazi Pelosi smells of Botox, and Helen Thomas smells like a stegosaurus

With the exception of Elizabeth Hasselbeck, word is that the...persons...on The View smell of an odd mixture of mothballs, desperation, your weird aunt's perfume and Krispy Kremes.
44 posted on 01/29/2009 7:50:50 AM PST by LostInBayport (The press and the Barackolytes view you as a miracle worker...so turn the economy into wine, Barry.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Sighs... another scientific study in uselessness. Where do they find these scientist, who sit in saunas smelling armpits?


45 posted on 01/29/2009 7:58:33 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Limburger????


46 posted on 01/29/2009 7:59:06 AM PST by bikerman
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To: AmericanMade1776

It kind of reminds me of the Scientific study of how Rat’s blood pressure rises when they fart.


47 posted on 01/29/2009 7:59:27 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: CobraJet

Very little can compare to a Swiss Air connection flight I took into Lausanne with four orthodox jewish passengers in full black coats. It was hot on the runway in the small plane and I thought the flight attendant was going to faint from the smell. I mean it’s not like they couldn’t have bathed or tried an antiperspirant. Wowie, that was some flight!


48 posted on 01/29/2009 8:15:16 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
women smell of onions

I always thought is was salmom.

49 posted on 01/29/2009 8:15:45 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: bikerman
Limburger????

"Moe, Larry... the cheese!!"

50 posted on 01/29/2009 8:32:48 AM PST by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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