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2013-10-11 10:55:56 AM  
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Trappers in Canada have used Chanel No. 5 to conceal the human smell on wolf traps, etc. The animals may explore an unfamiliar smell, but they will be kept away by the familiar smell of humans. Some animals avoid unfamiliar smells. The cockroach, for instance, can be temporarily kept at bay by such scents as cucumber, but will eventually get used to them. Many natural pest control methods quickly become useless for this reason.

I assume that over time the perfume would become less effective as animals come to associate it with humans or traps. Mind you, there is little chance of animals that get caught in traps learning from the experience unless they chew their paw off or manage to escape some other way.

I have had Klein's Obsession for Men. It is very strongly vanilla-scented, not much depth or diversity. Not unpleasant but not my favourite scent. If I had to smell like food, I think I would go for pumpkin pie or the traditional bay leaf

According to research, this is normal, because tests of scents show that men actually prefer the light floral scents associated with women's perfume and--not surprisingly--the spicy scent of pumpkin pie is most attractive as well. Women are attracted to manly scents. This is clearly sex related except maybe the pumpkin pie.

Vanilla is one of a dozen or so scents that are almost universally popular. Lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, mint ... you can probably reconstruct the list from common sense.

Sociologists and anthropologists like to look for "universals"--traits that are shared by all cultures or all humans, languages, etc. They don't find a lot, but these scents may be a sort of universal except for the odd freak who can't stand normal, pleasant fragrances and wears Georgio instead.

I love the scent of lilac, but it doesn't endure and it's not very well represented in consumer products. Lavender is nice but it can be astringent and unpleasant if overdone. Light woody, herbal and floral scents are nice if inobtrusive.

Many women put their perfume behind their knees or on their wrists so it doesn't overwhelm them and other people. That's a very good idea because those areas are warm and slightly moist and the perfume lasts longer there than on the neck or other drier regions of the body.

I seldom wear cologne or aftershave as I am a bit asthmatic and have some allergies. They aren't really necessary. Humans like the scent of humans, at least those who aren't their siblings or close relations.

It seems to help to prevent inbreeding and incest.
2013-10-11 10:30:00 AM  
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Whereas Axe only attracts cougars.
2013-10-11 03:03:23 PM  
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uncleacid: Jaguars wear English Leather or nothing at all.

Damn right.
2013-10-11 10:46:19 AM  
1 vote:
A million-to-one odds are successful nine times out of ten.

/But it has to be exactly a million to one
//..and it just might work
2013-10-11 10:31:05 AM  
1 vote:
It stings the nostrils, in a good way.
2013-10-11 10:29:16 AM  
1 vote:
That doesn't make sense.

/Brian, I gotta be honest with you, this smells like pure gasoline
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