Anyone who's been in love, lust or a variation of the sort knows about becoming attached to a scent. Tommy Hilfiger cologne, Old Spice deodorant with a hint of sweat, and Trident gum all come to mind. The funky side of this olfactory attraction is when the reminding scent happens to be an unpleasant one.
Armpits, for example, aren't famously sweet-smelling. Yet, nestling into a man's nook and inhaling a mix of his natural body odor (with a trace of deodorant) can be comforting, arousing or both. The same goes for morning breath.
One of Nerve's bloggers wrote an insightful ode to morning breath — a lover's morning breath, that is. Smelling last night's French onion soup on the breath of a random subway commuter doesn't have quite the same charm as the unmasked scent of a mouth you've willingly kissed and slept beside.
He writes about the intimacy and potential hesitation that accompany the morning breath kiss, as it represents a sort of test "to see if your love and attraction can stand up to the physical realities of your partner's most un-romanticized form."
Morning breath results from our diet, dental hygiene (clearly), and the amount of bacterial buildup that's been fostering in our mouths during sleep. Add in extreme flavors like garlic or cigarettes, and the scent of a lover's trap can be bold, to say the least. But even then, a smell we might otherwise consider noxious can be appealing.
Nerve's blogger writes that he's been particularly fond of all his girlfriends' morning breath.
"Two women I've dated had the distinct taste of broccoli in the morning. I remember noticing it for the first time, recognizing the taste, and then quietly marveling at the fact that I actually liked it.
If this were my brother or some one-night stand, it might have been overwhelming. With someone I cared about, it was sweet, another part of them that I wanted to touch and hold (or lick, as it were). That's the great trick of falling in love. It can teach you to crave everything in life, even the things that once might have been nauseatingly inconceivable."
Awww, how ... sweet?