Here's What Happened When I Agreed To Try 'Smell Dating'

Can a stinky t-shirt and the willingness to try something new help you find love?

What if instead of relying on dating apps or trying your luck at the bar, all you needed to find love was your nose?

Enter Smell Dating, a project helmed by Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne that investigates the role scent plays in attraction while aiming to help participants track down their soul mate -- or at least a hot date.

Here are the logistics for "the first mail odor dating service" as listed on its website:

  1. We send you a t-shirt
  2. You wear the shirt for three days and three nights without deodorant.
  3. You return the shirt to us in a prepaid envelope.
  4. We send you swatches of t-shirts worn by a selection of other individuals.
  5. You smell the samples and tell us who you like.
  6. If someone whose smell you like likes the smell of you too, we'll facilitate an exchange of contact information.
  7. The rest is up to you.

Seems easy enough, right? But does it work?

As co-host of the HuffPost Love+Sex Podcast (and the only single member of our podcast team) I volunteered to try Smell Dating. In the podcast episode below, you'll hear exactly what I learned during my journey.

You'll also hear Brain and Lavigne explain how Smell Dating came to be, meet Adam Simon, a fellow Smell Dating participant and the HuffPost Love+Sex listener who inspired this episode, and get the inside scoop on the science of smell from Dr. Charles Wysocki, a meritas member of The Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

Want to find out how you can participate in Smell Dating? Head here.

The HuffPost Love+Sex podcast is produced by Katelyn Bogucki and edited by Nick Offenberg.

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