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Post Reply Does ethnic scent exist? Do we have a cultural body odor?
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A friend of mine mentioned that she can tell the difference between an Asian guy and a Hispanic guy by their smell. She didn't say that they smelled bad, she said they have a unique smell to tell them apart. I didn't believe her. Do we have a certain smell based on our race?
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No.

We have smells based on the foods we eat. Different cultures usually eat different foods therefore different smells due to the oils they produce.
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Yeah I've read somewhere its mainly based on what you eat.
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No.
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This is going to turn racist lol. I've experienced some people at work stink and i believe it is as others have said, it's the food that they eat. And/or lack of personal hygiene(not showering before work, wearing the same clothes) and lack of deodorant.
But at the same time, what you eat probably effects your breathe more than BO?
I have gotten the impression that some people of some cultures dont find it as necessary or expected and the norm to wear deodorant as much as others?
On a side note, when i eat lots of onion, i can really smell onion when i shower the next morning? lol..
P.S the last person i encountered at work that stunk was a white person
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I can't remember where i read it, it was a long time ago but the food you eat affects the your glands (could be wrong) but it what you eat comes out of your skin especially when you sweat. Animal fats, seasonings and spices that you use in your cooking so if you eat a lot of your cultures food the same with other people from the same culture you will smell similar.

Obviously there are other things that can affect your smell like hygiene, body hair, how often you sweat, some illnesses and so on
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zefur wrote:

I can't remember where i read it, it was a long time ago but the food you eat affects the your glands (could be wrong) but it what you eat comes out of your skin especially when you sweat. Animal fats, seasonings and spices that you use in your cooking so if you eat a lot of your cultures food the same with other people from the same culture you will smell similar.

Obviously there are other things that can affect your smell like hygiene, body hair, how often you sweat, some illnesses and so on


I think being an alcoholic can effect how you smell as well. Not the obvious alcohol smell whilst drinking or that has been spilt on you lol but the toxins that leak from you as your body tries to recover.
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No.... but there is a distinct smell of curry.

Just saying, don't get all up and arms about it, calm down.

You know it's true at times
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I believe it.
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Humms wrote:

No.... but there is a distinct smell of curry.

Just saying, don't get all up and arms about it, calm down.

You know it's true at times


Not sure why anyone would report this. It actually IS (at least sometimes) true. Indian food contains a lot of spices. Curry dose have a strong smell.
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MrAnimeSK wrote:


Humms wrote:

No.... but there is a distinct smell of curry.

Just saying, don't get all up and arms about it, calm down.

You know it's true at times


Not sure why anyone would report this. It actually IS (at least sometimes) true. Indian food contains a lot of spices. Curry dose have a strong smell.


People are just sensitive, it's not like I say everyone smells like curry. It's a small percentage that just so happens to be noticeable to what I smell.

People need to grow a pair.

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I dont think so.
I believe its more based on the enviroment you soround yourself with.
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Sure if you eat enough or live around enough of something I think you take after it. Like curry or ginger.
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Humms wrote:

No.... but there is a distinct smell of curry.

Just saying, don't get all up and arms about it, calm down.

You know it's true at times


This is true. Curry has an extremely strong scent.

And that person is full of shit every individual has their own smell. It's not categorized by race though.
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zefur wrote:

I can't remember where i read it, it was a long time ago but the food you eat affects the your glands (could be wrong) but it what you eat comes out of your skin especially when you sweat. Animal fats, seasonings and spices that you use in your cooking so if you eat a lot of your cultures food the same with other people from the same culture you will smell similar.


Garlic, being a root-bulb, is full of allicin, which travels through the entire bloodstream quickly (which is why it's played up for its natural food-health benefits), but like onions, takes its root-bulb smell with it.
So, when you hear stereotypes of Italians "smelling like garlic", it's not just the breath.
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