THE COGNAC SOAKED SCENT of Coq au Vin wafting from your stovetop are going to your head when all of a sudden, your culinary trance is interrupted by is a knock at the door. She’s here, it’s her first date at your place and you’ve brazenly offered to whip up something delicious for her to lure her over to your lair.
So far so good, you’ve done your due diligence by asking her what she likes to eat, what she likes to drink, you’ve even tuned in to her musical preferences. Being the clever sleuth that you are, you’ve taken the time to listen attentively to her responses and have even made mental notes on any additional clues she’s dropped about what delights her. You’re sure you haven’t missed a thing.
The aroma of your daring culinary efforts and attention to detail will definitely not go unnoticed, women are very sensually stimulated and… hold on there, pardner, put down the toys! I’m simply talking about the moment your date crosses your threshold for the first time, she will have her guard up and whatever scent hits her olfactory glands first will tell her volumes. It’s natural instinct for a woman to be on the lookout for anything suspicious or potentially threatening. Much like a cat cautiously sniffing everything when she enters a new house, your date will be looking for reasons to bolt as she enters unfamiliar territory. It’s your job to help her feel safe, protected and secure. Your Coq au Vin will do much to alleviate her “doorstep doubts” but there’s more to consider.
Like a fine French perfume “nose” or seasoned sommelier, her nose will detect the slightest nuances and can reveal volumes about you.
The portion of women’s brains that is devoted to scent detection is larger than that of men’s.
One theory is that women require a greater sense of smell for selecting a suitable mate. In other words, men can mate with many women and have children with each of them and have many offspring in a given time period. In contrast, women can only have one baby in a nine month time period so it makes sense for them to be more selective about their mate. Male scent may confer key data like testosterone levels (which can be desirable), and information about genetic compatibility or lack thereof via major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes. (1)
While you may not be able to tell what your friends have been munching on, I know a gal or two who can easily detect when you’ve lunched on filet mignon before seeing her. One of my own dates was quite bewildered when I correctly guessed the label and year of chardonnay he’d been sipping earlier at a business lunch.
Think of how you feel, besides hungry when you get a whiff of someone’s BBQ or campfire in passing. Puts you in another moment, doesn’t it? The object is to have your lady anchor your scent with a romantic, ‘scentsual’ experience.
You know that old saying “I smell trouble”? Well, besides the scent of a homemade meal you know she’ll love, here are three tips to avoid setting off one of her most powerful “trouble detectors”, her nose:
Take heart, the attention to detail you’ve demonstrated by creating a succulent, fragrant meal for her first date at your place will definitely not go unnoticed. She will appreciate all your hard work more than you know. If you want her leaning in close behind to get a peek at your skillet it’s equally important that you put the same effort into making sure you smell as delicious and tempting as your dinner. Who knows… your whipped cream, fresh berries and chocolate drizzle may end up somewhere entirely different than the intended dessert plates 🙂
By using the tidbits offered in this and my other posts to your advantage you’ll easily step into being the confident, irresistible gentleman you are. Oh, I think there’s someone at the door, sniff, sniff…
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