Lately I find I'm far more attracted to men who I think smell good. Do you think it's possible to be in a successful relationship where you don't like your partner's natural scent? How does the way the smell effect your interest in them. And would you prefer a girl/guy to wear perfume/cologne?
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It's not possible for me, no. Scent is a large part of how I'm sexually attracted to a person, so if I'm not into the way a guy smells, it's going nowhere. I thought it was ridiculous until I did some homework on the topic.
Our attraction by scent runs deeper than just "Oooh, you're wearing Mustang Blue? I love that cologne!"
We have pheromones in our natural scents, and that registers on a more primal level in the brain than whether or not somebody is wearing the kind of cologne we like best. These pheromones are very important in attraction - they communicate a great deal about a person including health and fertility. Women put off more alluring pheromones when they are at their most fertile time during their cycle, for example.
While pheromones themselves do not have a scent, if we're not into the signals we get from them, chances are we won't like the scent of the person carrying them as much as someone else who has a more attractive set of triggers.
There are a lot of studies out there involving how we react to them without even knowing, and I've got to give it some credit. I like my boyfriend to smell clean, but I can't get enough of him when the soap or cologne doesn't mask the way he smells naturally. I think people smell best when they wear perfumes that go well with the way they smell anyway.2