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.
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 <em>fourth</em> 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 <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.
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%