If you’ve ever cuddled in close to your loved one to breathe in their familiar smell or wrapped your lover’s hoodie around you to be surrounded with their scent, you’re definitely not alone. And science says there may be more to our love of our S.O.’s smell than just sentimental noses. Smell Dating, which touts itself as the “first mail odor dating service” (get it?!), lets science take over the task of matchmaking and allows our own biology to determine who we should date.


“At Smell Dating, we understand the metrics of compatibility are chemical; connection is a matter of intercourse, not interface,” the website explains. “The Internet has replaced fleshy experience with flat apparitions, avatars and painstakingly curated profile pics. Smell Dating closes digital distance by restoring your molecular intuition. Our members make connections via deeply intuitive cues, perfected in the ancient laboratory of human evolution. Surrender yourself to a poignant experience of body odor.” If that’s not romantic, we don’t know what is!

The process is pretty simple to start, with participants wearing a shirt for three days without deodorant, then mailing it to Smell Dating who will then cut it into swatches. These swatches are then sent to other participants who will sniff each one for a possible match. How do you know if it’s a match? Well, if you like the smell, it’s a match made in nasal heaven. If you don’t like the smell, pass over that odorous option. If two participants both select each other by smell, then voila! Contact info is exchanged, and the duo will possibly set out on a scented set-up date.

“Molecular intuition. New kinds of connections.” Let’s just hope you’re not super stinky after wearing the same shirt for three days with no deodorant. Ick!

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(h/t Mental Floss, photo via andresr, AleksandarNakic, jeffbergen/iStock)