Biology Forum Human Biology Why do women sometimes smell of orange peel?

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    • #8052

      Firstly, let me apologise if I am asking something stupid; I really know nothing about biology but I just didn’t know where else to post this question.

      I’ve never had anyone know what i’m talking about here, but every woman ive known for long enough has at some point smelled of oranges or orange peel. The smell is kinda like what you’d get if you left a bunch of orange peels in a bag for a few days.

      It’s not perfume. It’s a distinct smell which is always the same no matter who I smell it from, and it’s in their breath and sweat and on the surface of the skin when it’s present.

      I only smell it for a few hours at a time, about once a month or so which led me to believe it’s some sort of pheromone linked to the menstrual cycle, perhaps?

      I’ve smelled it on women at various times for as long as I can remember and i’ve never ever found an answer for what it is.

      If anyone knows anything about this, then please tell me, otherwise I can only conclude that I can smell a pheromone that noone else can…..? Is this possible?

      By the way, I’d like to stress that I know for a fact it isn’t perfume or any other sort of artificial fragrance. It’s also not linked to having eaten oranges.

      Any help you could give me with this is appreciated.

    • #75065

      Perhaps you can smell something specific to women, though it may equally be psychological. I’ve never heard of anything like this, nothing as consistent anyway.

    • #75202

      Diabetic Ketoacidosis causes a fruity smelling breath, but this can occur in men as well as women.

    • #115723

      I am just searching for the answer and I found your post!
      My ex-boyfriend has this very strong smell, all over his clothes and living place. Excitingly he is the only one that I have met owing this unique and lasting odour. I have noticed it since the first date but I have no idea what it is and how to describe it, only till today after I peeled an orange I suddenly realized the smell from my finger nails in a certain time range (the amount counts) resembled exactly of his body odour which actually I still smell nearly everyday because we are living in the same university dorm (From the smell around the place, I could tell in a distance if he is at home and leave the door open).
      BTW, this smell makes me either deep calm or excited.
      I don’t know what it is.

    • #219390

      Lol I have no idea.

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