The odors of the human vagina.

Archiv für Gynäkologie, Volume 220, issue 1 (March 1975), p. 1 - 10.

Gas-chromatography analysis of 90 samples of vaginal secretions from 10 women revealed that at any given sample time the perceptible vaginal odor of each individual women was composed of numerous separate odorous effluents. Almost 2,1000 odoriferous effluents were observed. This corresponded to 16% of all recorded peaks on the 90 gas-chromatograms. The odorous effluents were assigned 34 characteristic odors in three hedonic categories (neutral, pleasant and unpleasant). This information supports the contention that the olfactory signature of an individual is complex, highly individual and composed of many "mini odors".

But it was the seventies, man. Surely some followup studies are indicated.

Previously, previously, previously.

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8 Responses:

  1. Mike says:

    Finally, the life's work of Multiple Miggs has been vindicated!

  2. There was a great two-second bit in this week's "30 Rock" - Jenna was answering her fan mail by sending back panties rubbed with lunch meat.

  3. nooj says:

    Amusing that I just read the article "From virgin education to real education."

    Abstract: The now famous virgin headspace experiment from late Braja D. Mookherjee and Subha Patel, and its use in the creation of scent 'Virgin No 1' by Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz for the novel by Patrick Süskind, and the movie by Tom Tykwer 'Perfume--The Story of a Murderer' (Constantin Film-Thierry Mugler Parfums-IFF, 2006) is discussed. ...

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18618402

    From the article (which isn't free):

    "A very peculiar experiment was also used for the first time in perfumery. In the 1990s, in an internal research experiment at IFF, New Jersey, Drs. Braja D. Mookherjee and Subha Patel analyzed the headspace region right below the navel of two living human virgins – after a draconian diet of one month and, of course, with the consent of the parents (photos of this experiment are sadly not available...)."

  4. NotTheBuddha says:

    The Scratch-N-Sniff map of Tasmania draws ever closer to realization.

  5. Anthony says:

    All the followups were done in the 19A0s, and just try to convince your reference librarian to dig up journals from that decade.