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