Luke Lea shows girlfriend Emily Arnell affection in Mary St yesterday. Getting past the second date hasn’t been an issue for this couple although an RSVP survey has revealed many are struggling.
Luke Lea shows girlfriend Emily Arnell affection in Mary St yesterday. Getting past the second date hasn’t been an issue for this couple although an RSVP survey has revealed many are struggling. Tanya Easterby

Poor personal hygiene kills off second date chances

YOUR mother probably told you to scrub behind your ears and now research is finding poor hygiene is costing people in the romance game.

The RSVP Date of the Nation Report 2013 shows 40% of Australians are not prepared to look past a date's standards of personal hygiene if they are not up to scratch.

"The research confirms that personal hygiene when dating is critical if you want to continue seeing someone," RSVP spokeswoman Jayne Andrews said.

"Smell is an essential part of attraction. To improve your chances of dating success, one of the most important and simplest things you can do is arrive well groomed and smelling good."

Respondents identified body odour, bad breath and dirty hair as the three most offensive elements of bad personal hygiene.

"The message to singles is clear - if you're having trouble securing a second date, perhaps it's time to clean up your act," Ms Andrews said.

"Give yourself the best chance by throwing on a clean shirt, making sure your hair is clean and avoiding pungent foods in the hours leading up to the date."

Now in its fourth year, the RSVP Date of the Nation Report 2013 surveyed more than 3500 Australians and results are weighted to the population.

Research was conducted by Nielsen.

 

Simple grooming tips

  • Taking a moment to be presentable before a date can make all the difference.
  • Wash your hair
  • Dress accordingly for the occasion
  • Don't let bad breath take the air out of the date - carry mints if needed
  • Ensure hands are clean and nails tidied
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