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Body Odour Sex Test

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, May 16, 2005
A new study of underarm scents has revealed that gay men prefer the odours of other gay men, while women and heterosexual men are least likely to favour gay men's sweat.

Scientists from Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center collected perspiration samples from 24 mixed gender and sexuality people and discovered that gays are "particularly good at detecting the scent of other gay men" (BBC) while a second study of brain scans showed gays and heterosexual women being stimulated similarly by a chemical found only in male sweat.

The latest findings came months after a similar study of sex and sweat by researchers at Cardiff University suggested opposites attract in odour terms, with kissing one of the best ways of checking compatibility.

"When you kiss somebody you bring your nose into contact with parts of the skin secreting compounds. You have got them around the face, the eyelids and around the top of the forehead," scent expert Professor Tim Jacob from Cardiff University told the Daily Mail, "You would tend to dislike somebody whose smell is similar to yours."

"If somebody smelt very repellent you would find it very difficult to form a relationship with them," the Professor added.

Another study published in 2000 by researchers at the University of Northumbria, discovered that women found ugly men more attractive when they were secretly exposed to the chemicals found in armpits, though the effect depended on what part of the menstrual cycle the woman was on.