You might have spent hours fiddling with your hair, picking out an outfit or working on your sparkling repartee. But a news survey suggests that 80% of women say that a man who smells bad is the biggest no-no.

According to the poll, over three quarters of Brits would find the opposite sex less attractive if they smelt bad – surprisingly a bigger turn off than a poor sense of humour (14%) and bad dress sense (1%).

Slightly weirdly, those surveyed were also asked who would be their 'top smelling date'. And, no surprises, the waftingly lovely Duchess of Cambridge topped the poll.


A certain male royal just can't resist leaning in...

It seems like the best advice for people looking for love is to keep on top of their washing with clean, fresh-smelling clothes coming top in the poll carried out by Surf liquid detergent.

The poll also revealed both men and women find bad breath (38%) and the smell of cigarettes (37%) highly unattractive.

Six Least Attractive Smells In Women, According to Men
  • Cigarettes - 44%
  • Bad breath - 33%
  • Flatulence - 7%
  • Stale alcohol - 7%
  • Cheesy feet - 5%
  • Fake tan - 4%

But who else came out on top (and bottom) in the star smell ranking...?

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  • Kate Middleton

    A third of people voted Kate Middleton as the No 1 best-smelling celebrity date.

  • David Beckham

    He's the nation second best-smelling date, with 24% of votes

  • Pippa Middleton

    PIctured here with boyfriend Alex Loudon, Pippa Middleton steal 15% of votes, to bring her into third place.

  • Brad Pitt

    What's the Angelina can smell? Perhaps it's her <em>fourth</em> best smelling date, according to the UK public.

  • Nigella Lawson

    May be husband Charles Saatchi should lean in a little, as his gorgeous wife comes in at No 5 on the smellometer, with 11% of votes.

  • John McCririck

    Uh-Oh John. You came first, with a stonking third of all votes (31%) in the list celebrities the public thought would be <em>most</em> likely to smell on a date.

  • Frank Gallagher (Shameless)

    No offence meant David Threlfall, but your character was voted second most likely to whiff on a romantic night out.

  • Ozzy Osbourne

    Is there an underlying reason Sharon look a little 'stoic' about Ozzy's close attentions. Mr Osbourne was voted third most likely to smell bad on a date, with 17% of votes.

  • Russell Brand

    No 4 in the bad smell stakes is Britain's self-styled king of comedic louche, His Majesty Brand.

  • Johnny Vegas

    And in fifth place, with 11% of the vote, is Johnny Vegas.

A third of Brits also said that the scent of sun cream is the most reminiscent of summer holidays, while over a quarter of agreed the smell of the seaside evokes the strongest memories of great summer holidays.

Six Least Attractive Smells In Men, According To Women
  • Bad breath - 42%
  • Cigarettes - 31%
  • Flatulence - 10%
  • Stale alcohol - 9%
  • Cheesy feet - 6%
  • Fake tan - 1%