Smell Dating is the first mail-order smell dating service, but its creators aren’t the only ones wagering that we’re better at choosing partners through our noses than our eyes.
By sniffing other people’s body odor instead of swiping right on their photos, the thinking goes, we rely on primal bodily intuition.
Without perfume to guide my invisible persona, whoever smelled my shirt might actually see how fucking my life is from day to day. On my first day wearing the shirt, I bucked the rules entirely.
I don’t wake up and smell like burning forests and dryads and gold — I pay my way into that illusion. I wore jasmine scented all natural deodorant and sprayed my favorite perfume in the air of my room and walked around the scent plume — I wasn’t it, so to speak, but if a few molecules dropped on the cotton then IT WAS MERELY A COINCIDENCE, YOUR HONOR.
If it's a mutual match, you'll be given each other's phone numbers. But there is science behind the connection between our sense of smell and our romantic attractions.
The Smell Dating team spoke with scientists who study scents, and cite several academic studies as part of their inspiration.
Take a strong whiff, and pick the one that gets your motor running.
For (a pittance when you are considering the possibility of true love and/or dying alone) daters receive a t-shirt in the mail, along with instructions to wear it for three days.
Smell Dating recommends its clients avoid deodorant or perfume because these mask natural smells, but it's fine to get the shirt smelly with other things that indicate lifestyle choices — like cigarette smoke or a campfire.
A truly interesting perfume teaches you the invisible textures of the world, forces you to think in multitudes.
Smell.dating is supposedly the first mail-odor dating service; Tinder but for fumeheads like me, who find the concept of your smell more interesting than an incredibly pre-planned profile. There’s not artful selection of profile photos that show you’re hot, but also chill, that you have hot friends (but nobody way hotter than you because this is your profile not theirs) and love to travel — but totally anything at all that you can control. They even say so on the site: "Smell dating delivers you from prejudicial cultural images that interfere with the ancient cues of attraction.