Despite the obvious gross-factor, Pheromone Parties seem to work: Prays reports that 12 of the 40 guests hooked-up, and 6 of those couples ended up dating for a significant amount of time.
Pheromones have been the driving force behind animal hook-ups since the beginning of time, so maybe it’s time we take a hint from our furry friends and let our noses guide us towards relationship-bliss.
In other words, if "Client 55" likes "Client 69" and vice versa, put a heart around it, Brain said.
The idea is based on the science of pheromones, the chemical signals that creatures from gerbils to giraffes send out to entice mates.
A match will be made if one client likes the scent of another and the olfactory attraction is mutual.It's much more innate."On Wednesday, 25-year-old NYU graduate student Jesse Donaldson excitedly opened the package of white swatches in individually numbered plastic bags that had arrived at his apartment in Brooklyn. He said he hoped Smell Dating could help where other popular matchmaking services had failed."I'm like so many other people in New York City, using Tinder, using OK Cupid," Donaldson said, "and my main issue with these things is you feel like you're shopping for somebody as opposed to making a genuine connection with another human being."Brain said she and Lavigne consulted "a lot of smell researchers" about their art project, which explores whether a person's body odor can trigger Cupid's arrow."We wanted to see if people would be interested in meeting other people just based on this one bit of information rather than this avalanche of information that you usually get," said Lavigne as he watched volunteers wearing hooded white jumpsuits and blue rubber gloves cut up the worn T-shirts at the Sweat Shop."Whoa! " said a worker, wincing as he sniffed a swatch before putting it into a plastic bag marked #34. The site is currently composed of only 100 people and is limited to New York so users have a greater possibility of actually meeting (and smelling each other).The creators of Smell Dating are approaching it with light-hearted humor, claiming it’s as much of an art piece as it is a dating site.