Saturday, 19 November 2011

REBECCA'S MUSINGS: SMELL

Over the next few weeks I'll be looking at how our senses enrich our lives,
starting with the sense of SMELL

The Victorians had a saying, 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness.' Reading between the lines, I think this probably meant 'purge yourself of all those unpleasant body odours and God will love you more!'

But the scents that were a big no-no to those repressed Victorians - musk and sweat - form the basis of sexual attraction. So why are we still showering daily and covering up our natural aromas with artificial ones in these supposedly more liberated times?

An American or British woman today is generally covered from head to toe in scented products: shower gel, shampoo, body/hand cream, cosmetics and the rest. How does this work on the male of the species, I wonder? If he is turned on by female sweat and musk, is he turned off by the pot-pourri of artificial scents that women wear?

That's not to say I don't like wearing perfume - I adore it! More about my favourite perfumes next time. But I still wonder whether the natural female odours are the biggest turn-on for men.

What do you think?



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