When exposed to the smell of grapefruit, men judge the women around them to be up to six years younger than they actually are, according to a study by the Smell and Taste Institute in Chicago. (Strangely, it had no effect on women’s perceptions of men’s age.) Several middle-aged women volunteers were smeared with broccoli, banana, spearmint leaves, and lavender, but none of those scents made a difference to the men. When asked to write down how old they guessed the women wearing eau de grapefruit were, however, the guess was considerably younger than the reality.
We think the best way to incorporate this scent into our everyday lives is with Grapefruit Sky body lotion by Giovanni Organic Body Care. This luscious lotion goes on silky, smells fantastic, and even contains a non-PBA sunscreen to keep us looking younger. It’s a win-win deal. About $10 at Whole Foods.