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...?
A third of people voted Kate Middleton as the No 1 best-smelling celebrity date.
He's the nation second best-smelling date, with 24% of votes
PIctured here with boyfriend Alex Loudon, Pippa Middleton steal 15% of votes, to bring her into third place.
What's the Angelina can smell? Perhaps it's her fourth best smelling date, according to the UK public.
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.
Uh-Oh John. You came first, with a stonking third of all votes (31%) in the list celebrities the public thought would be most likely to smell on a date.
No offence meant David Threlfall, but your character was voted second most likely to whiff on a romantic night out.
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.
No 4 in the bad smell stakes is Britain's self-styled king of comedic louche, His Majesty Brand.
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%