By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It may be a generalization but I think it is fair to say that men seem to be more accepting of body odor in others than women. But, being one to not just accept a theory on simple observation, I went back to a report from the Monell Center which specializes in this.READ MORE: Police Investigating Stickers Advocating White Supremacy Found On Signs Along Several Streets On Main Line
A few years ago a study looked at the ability of fragrances to block body odor and it finds that only 2 of 32 scents effectively blocked underarm odor when women were doing the smelling. In contrast, 19 scents effectively reduced the strength of underarm odor for men.READ MORE: Funeral Services Held At Temple University's Liacouras Center For 12 Victims Killed In Fairmount Fire
In addition, male underarm odors appear to be tougher to block with fragrances than female underarm odors.MORE NEWS: Third Monday Of January Known As Blue Monday, Saddest Day Of Year
So, what we found is that women are more sensitive to body odor and men are less sensitive but that might be because they are used to smelling worse.