By Dana Gornitzki
Sniff dating may just be the key to finding a heady romance (sorry, couldn’t be helped).
It may not be terribly voguish to think of romance as scientific, but it seems that scent may be the perfect way of sniffing out the ideal partner (naughty, naughty, we’ve done it again).
So, compatibility by body odour? It comes down to science, according to Basisnote.com, a scent-matching website (yes):
“A person’s scent is decisive for whether we find that person atttractive or not. Whether there’s «chemistry» between us is evident only through actual personal contact.”
Scent matching is how the Gentlepeople at the dating website claim they can match possible lovebirds in the Cyberworld: “[It] enables you to compare your scent profile with that of your internet acquaintance. That the nose and brain evaluate the scent of other persons and that the genes play an important role in the choice of a partner is scientifically proven. The scent profiles of two individuals are best suited to one another if their genes complement each other optimally.”
Simply fill in your very own scent profile, and Bob’s your uncle - love is right under your nose!
Golly, they may just be on to something…
Perfumer George Dodd wrote (on the Guardian’s dating website) that “our personal portfolio of smell receptors will like the body odour of some partners more than others”.
Attraction, values, interests, timing . . . and now smell, too.
Love just got more complicated, sniff sniff.