Women Like Guys Who Smell Good
Want to turn her on? Head to Home Depot. Surveys have shown that the way to a women’s bed, er, heart is through her honey-do list. In fact, 12 percent of women prefer their men be good at do-it-yourself projects rather than skilled between the sheets, according to a new survey from LocalTraders.com.
Of course, most women want more than just a helping hand around the house. So we asked our friends at Women’s Health to pick the (dirty) minds of their million-plus Twitter followers and get the lowdown on the traits that ladies look for in a guy.
Here are some of the top responses we received when we asked for Women’s Health readers’ #GuyMustHaves:
Make Her Laugh. She may not expect you to be as hilarious as Louis C.K., but women love guys who can bring a smile to their face. In a Men’s Health survey of more than 1,000 American women ages 21 to 54, 77 percent of women ranked a sense of humor as their number one must-have in a man, beating out intelligence, passion, confidence, and generosity.
Cook For More Sex. As American writer Fanny Fern once declared, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And as it turns out, the same may stand true for women. But if your cooking skills don’t lead to her heart, at least they may lead you both to the bedroom. Case in point: Men’s Health conducted a poll with 1,000 Cosmopolitan readers and found that 66 percent of women said they’re more likely to have sex with a man after a home-cooked meal.
Make Your Man Cave Girlfriend-Friendly. You may not mind the dirty gym socks and week-old boxers scattered all over the floor, but she will. And not only does a messy house make you look bad, it also kills her desire to jump your bones. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that having a clean room is crucial for setting the mood, according to a National Sleep Foundation and WB&A Market Research poll of 1,500 people ages 25 to 55.
Show Her Your Wild Side. Many women consider dominant or rough sex to be a huge turn-on, says Ava Cadell, Ph.D., an L.A.-based sexologist and founder of Loveology University. But don’t go out and stock up on whips and chains. (Well, at least not yet.) Instead, showing some aggression in the sack—like light spanking or nibbling—can be extremely sexy, Cadell says.
Ditch the Razor. Women think your 5 o’clock shadow is sexy, according to a study at Northumbria University. Researchers showed women 15 photos of men’s faces—altering each to display different degrees of hairiness—and then asked them to rate each photo on different traits like masculinity, aggression, attractiveness, and maturity. The winner: Light stubble was rated the most attractive.
Seduce Her With Your Scent. According to a study from the University of Liverpool, when women simply see a man apply a scent, they instantly consider him more attractive. And what’s more, the same study also found that men who use cologne come across as more confident than those who don’t.