Can You Smell Your Way To Love?
Apparently plenty of people think you can. Supposedly, pheromone parties are all the new rage these days and are stealing some of the spotlight from speed dating. Of course, pheromones are chemicals secreted by the body which influence the mood and behavior of others. Pheromone parties, as I’m sure you can imagine, are dating parties where couples are put together based on their reactions to each other’s smell.
Before you get creeped out by the thought of someone sniffing you up and down all night, let’s look at what pheromone parties are all about.
Participants are asked to sleep in the same shirt for three nights straight. If that isn’t bad enough, you then have to put the shirt in a plastic bag and throw it in the freezer, which supposedly preserves the smell. The bags are marked and labeled for males and females, and you go around performing a smell test on all the bags.
And a camera documents your every whiff. Those photos are later shown to everyone, so you’ll know if it’s real.
After that, the owner of the shirt you most liked smelling walks up and the rest is history… or is it?
Will smelling your way around really work? The creator of this new form of dating seems to think so.
Judith Prays, an Atlanta based artist, told Yahoo “It’s about romance. Intellectual connection is not always the most important thing in a relationship.”
But just like people allow their “representatives” to show up for the first couple of dates, won’t they take extra care to smell good on those three nights? There are all sorts of pheromone colognes out there, not to mention good-smelling fragrances in general.
Furthermore, can a person’s smell really be more important than an ‘intellectual connection?’
The smell might be pretty good for a first date, if you can get over the creep factor, but from there, you may find that you’re better off letting your heart guide you.
Of course, the main point is to get out there. If you haven’t been on a date in a while, maybe you should give the smell date a try. It might prove worth the trip.