17/08/2012 13:08 BST | Updated 17/08/2012 14:07 BST

Bad Smell Biggest 'Turn Off' To Opposite Sex (PICTURES Best Smelling Celebs)

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.


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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...?

Best To Worst Smelling Celebrity Dates

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%