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Updated on Wednesday, October 15

#19944

OMG: Dear men, from a psychology student who has studied the effects of scents (cologne/perfume) on interpersonal relationships, I highly advise you to not use cologne. Most colognes are made from civet anal gland secretions, which are not only unattractive, but tend to drive women away (with the specific exception of women who have been in excellent relationships previously with men using these scents). They are not a natural turn on, quite the opposite, they are a natural turn off, and it is an acquired taste for women to appreciate these scents. In contrast, lavender and licorice are among natural turn ons scent wise, and are a much safer bet in terms of scent choice.

37 comments

  1. If it is the case that the are natural turn offs (a statement of which I'm rather skeptical), why is it that people like the scent of cologne (when its not in insane, AXE-spraycan-level quantities)?

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  2. I fear for UW's psych department if OP is a grad student. You have a lot to learn about sampling and basic research methods.

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  3. Lol I've never met a guy that smelled like lavender. I'm not entirely sure if that would be a turn on. Seems a little weird -- I tend to associate the smell of lavender with candles and air fresheners. Not people.

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  4. there are no words

    tons of assumptions, flawed reasoning, no understanding of statistical results, complete lack of understanding of composition of student body

    man, you just go to york

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    1. Where are the statistical results?

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  5. Brb, stuffing licorice under my arms

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  6. As a woman I love just the scent of skin. Cologne is a turn off for me.
    An mildly scented deodorant is good :)

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    1. Same.

      No smell/clean smell is way better than any cologne in my opinion.

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  7. lmao OP is ratchet

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    1. what's wrong is from what i've "heard" op doesn't know about statistics

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  8. Signed, an OP who doesn't know how statistics works.

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    1. I love how he/she points out that he/she has studied the phenomenon. Probably an RA who disseminated consent information and now thinks he/she is a savvy researcher.

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    2. What exactly is wrong?

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    3. To start with, non-representative sample, threats to validity, many possible confounds. If OP was anything approaching a proper researcher, he/she wouldn't have made a blanket statement based on what 100% has to be limited data.

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    4. OMG stats words, you must know both all of the OP's research and all about statistics. Tool

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    5. From the OP's description, it's not hard to locate the study. It's also not hard to figure out the sample or the weaknesses of the research from just the description. And yes, I do know quite a bit about stats. Even more than you know about ad hominem arguments

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  9. And many perfumes are made from glorified whale vomit, are they a "natural turn off" too, OP?

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  10. I don't wear cologne to turn chicks on. I wear it to smell nice.

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  11. I happen to love the smell of cologne when its not heavily layered, or deodorant, or soap. A good smelling dude is a HUGE turn on to me.

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  12. Dear commenters,

    I am also a psychology student who has studied the effects of scents in a social environment. I can corroborate all the information OP has said so far.

    However, OP neglected to mention what does work:

    Surprisingly enough, both men and women are naturally attracted to the scent of natural sex pheremones. One trick for men is to lightly dab semen on their neck and wrists before going into public; this will cause women to be unknowingly attracted to you.

    Good luck, gentlemen.

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  13. Just smell of leather, flannel and smoke. Women love woodsmen, handyman types.

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  14. Yo I've been using CK eternity for years

    Is something wrong w/ it?

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  15. "Stop smelling like cat secretions, smell yourself with the scent of fag instead!"

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  16. taking advice from an arts major lelplsgo

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    1. Irrelevant statement detected. Psychology is also a science.

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    2. Social Sciences are just pseudo-sciences anyway.

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    3. 16b - You are clueless about what makes something a science. Or a pathetic troll. Or both.

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    4. Real sciences study the fundamental nature of the world around us. All non-pure sciences are trite trivial bullshit.

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    5. Don't lump all of psychology in one here (not that I agree with your sentiments anyway), clinical psych is just as much of a science as medicine.

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    6. @16d

      and anything in science is just application of mathematics, hence trite trivial bullshit

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    7. Its true, nothing that isn't either a 1, a 0, or a difficult to detect seemingly non-existent negative energy is trivial. When you're in a divorce litigation for being a prick I hope P-Math is there to comfort you.

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  17. Rofl @16f are you serious? Probably the moron who said social sciences was a pseudo-science.

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  18. Everyone, citation and bibliography please. We are in an university now, we need to formalize our arguments.

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