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Online Dish: Sniff Your Way to a Date at Pheromone Parties

USA Today

Sniff your way to love. Forget speed dating, pheromone parties are the new way to find a mate.

The single mixers, ask guests to bring a t-shirt that they have slept in for 3 days and to put it in a freezer bag. Each bag is placed with a number, which only you know, and then it's time to sniff away. Once someone finds a bag they like the smell of, a photographer takes a pic of them holding the bag and projects it onto a wall so the shirt's owner can step up and meet his odor's admirer.

Pheromones are chemical indicators that let us know if another person's genetics would "make a good breeding partner" or someone we'd like to get down and jiggy with.

It's almost like you're at a wine tasting. And it's not creepy like sniffing someone's underwear.

Judith Prays, 25, says she came up with the idea after failing to find a match online. Prays tells USA Today, she'd date men for a month or so before things soured until she started seeing a man who wasn't what she was looking for and wound up in a two-year relationship.

What she remembered was his smell.

"Even when he smelled objectively bad, I thought he smelled really good," the 25-year-old said. "And so I thought, OK, maybe I should be dating based on smell?"

Prays also said she's learned from the experience that while scent is powerful, it isn't enough to detect a good match.

"Animals have babies and they move on, and that's what the pheromone party is," said Prays, who may start including a few pertinent details on the index cards, like a person's relationship expectations. "The most successful thing about it is, it opens up conversation."

What do you think about pheromone parties?

Viewers serve up their thoughts:

@omar_1127 tweets: @maggiesworld So whens the party Maggie? Although in the pic it looks like you are enjoying it a little to much ;-)

@TkayeHump tweets: @maggiesworld @EyeOpenerTV Who's idea was this??? :-)

@Ih8jon tweets: @maggiesworld come smell me!

@sonofignatius tweets: @maggiesworld so you've ruined porn for me, now I have to smell people? #gladimmarried

Tammy writes: perverted! :-)

Louis writes: Sounds like a fun party!

Johnny writes: she blinded me with science.

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