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Rust-myth never sleeps: the scent of redheads

Do I imagine this, or do redheads kind of smell ‘rusty’?

Nina, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation: Bisexual, Race : Arab/Indian/French, Religion : Pagan, Age : 23, City : Perth, State : NA, Country : Australia, Occupation : Researcher, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, 10049


You may not be imagining this. I have noticed this as well. I can’t describe the smell and it’s in no way offensive (at least not to me), but it is definitely ‘there’. Many members of any ethnic group, in this case those with Celtic blood, have distinct bodily smells. I read somewhere once that the Vikings smelled ‘buttery’ to those other nationalities with which they came into contact. It can’t be diet because there aren’t certain types of food that only redheads eat! This is a fascinating area of study but it doesn’t get far in this culture due to ‘political correctness’ about racial traits.

Augustine23588, Gender : M, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 40, City : Columbia, State : SC, Country : United States, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class

Well Nina, I think that you have stumbled upon one of the mysteries of life. Natural odors I have discovered are very intertwined with the color of ones hair. Rusty redheads, scorched brunettes and green apple blondes are a few examples. So don’t worry about it being your imagination…some of us have spent years studying it.

Shazza, City : Perth, State : NA, Country : Australia

I think you’re imagining this. Are you referring to male or female redheads? As a female redhead, I must say I have never heard that. I would like to know if you personally have had experience with this.

Laura26051, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation: Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Catholic, Age : 24, City : Cincinnati, State : OH, Country : United States, Occupation : Nurse, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class

Redheads don’t smell any different than brunettes or blondes do. Maybe it’s the red-haired girls you’re with. I don’t believe hair color has anything to do with odor.

Diana, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation: Straight, Race : Italian, Religion : Catholic, Age : 53, City : Richmond, State : VA, Country : United States, Occupation : nurse, Education level : Technical School

I don’t believe there is a difference between natural redheads and any one else. There is a popular hair dye called henna that has a strong ‘earthy’ aroma but produces beautiful shades of red in the hair. People use it because it is completely non-toxic in it purest forms and has a healthy effect on the hair and skin. But the ‘earthiness’ does linger….

DJ, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation: Straight, Race : mixed, Religion : Bahai Faith, Age : 43, City : Rio Rancho, State : NM, Country : United States, Occupation : airline worker, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class

From the Editor:

We found no research supporting this notion. Numerous blogs by, for and about redheads discuss various redheaded myths and facts, and we reported on one of them (temperamental redheads) in the Dare To Ask column. In his book The Redhead Encyclopedia, Stephen Douglas described redheads as possessing a naturally sweet, musk-like scent, though we didn’t find studies on that.

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