Unattached men have stronger body odour than men with partners, new research finds.
However, this could be to their advantage as it is linked to women finding them more attractive.
The stronger body odour indicates higher levels of testosterone in the body.
Women can pick up the signal from the body odour.
Along with being able to smell single men, women also found the faces of single men more attractive than those in a relationship.
For the study, 82 women rated the body odour and faces of men.
Men who had a partner got an average rating of 3 for their body odour.
Single men, though, scored an above-average 3.5 out of six.
The study’s authors write:
“Consistent with the hypothesis, single men’s BO [body odour] smelled stronger than partnered men’s BO and single men’s faces were rated as more masculine than partnered men’s faces.”
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology (Mahmut & Stevenson, 2019).