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Question #90138 posted on 07/27/2017 7:55 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Someone once told me that everyone likes the smell of their own farts. No, seriously, someone told me that. Do you agree? Are there any other smells that you only like "your" smell?


flower-scented lotion


Dear...wait, is that really how your gas smells?

First of all...what? You heard what? I think I speak for most people when I say that is not true. I can say that I have learned from being a CNA that I prefer my own gas to someone else's. However, I think that is mostly because when I pass gas, there is no element of surprise to it. And there's nothing more surprising than someone letting one rip right in your face. 

Up until now, I've seen it as an evolutionary love note that things that can harm you smell really bad. SO WE DON'T EAT THEM. The smell of rotten food, decomposing corpses, excrement, etc. turns most people off. There are people who find feces and defecation a turn-on, and I'm assuming that would lead to an enjoyment of your own (and others) farts. To each his own, you know. But as far as I can tell, coprophilia is fairly uncommon.

And this is for good reasons. If you ingest untreated human excrement, there are serious risks of ingesting very harmful bacteria and heavy metals. However, properly treated human feces are legally used in the United States as fertilizers. Also, fecal microbiota transplants are becoming more common, but there's a strict process to ensure maximum safety, including a careful screening of the donor, processing the sample in sterile conditions, and informing the patient of the possible risks and unknowns of the treatment.  

But now I'm wondering...is it dangerous to eat your own fecal matter? Poop isn't sterile (but hey, urine isn't either), but whatever is inside that poop was once inside of you. So for you, flower-scented lotion, I have now joined the club of people who have Google searched "is it safe to eat your own fecal matter?".

The most reliable article I was able to find that answered this question was a collection of gastroenterologists and nutritionists responding off the top of their heads. The consensus was that it is not harmful to ingest your own fecal matter, as long as it is collected in a clean way (i.e. not out of your toilet bowl). In fact, a couple of them said that it could be slightly nutritious since our body isn't 100% effective in digesting food.

Okay, I've gone off topic enough. In summary, I don't think it is normal to enjoy the smell of your own farts. There are great reasons to not be attracted to the smell of farts/poop. However, it is much less dangerous to eat your own poop (which may give credibility to your claim) and could possibly have some minimal health benefits. But honestly, it's more healthy just to eat a regular meal. Please, just do that. 


The Lone Musketeer


Dear Carrion Flower,

To answer your second question there, I'm pretty sure all strongly scented perfume/smelly lotion/pungent cologne/copious amounts of Axe body spray* falls into this category. Presumably the people actually wearing this stuff seem to like it, but when I can smell another person moving, it's not good.


*Note that I'm not against all these products ever being used. They can be nice, but when people are traveling around in their own little scent-clouds, it's way too much.


Dear yosef,

Was that person just trying to tell you that they like the smell of their own farts? 'Cause I don't think that's a common thing. 

I did, however, grow somewhat fond of six-week-old cast on my arm in high school. It smelled terribly, so maybe liking it was a defense mechanism so that I didn't have to gag? I don't know, but it was uncomfortable overall and I'm still embarrassed to admit it. 



Dear you,

So in other words, someone blatantly lied to you?

-i think the brand of deodorant i use smells nice does that count


Dear you, 

Considering that I couldn't stand my farts last night after my stomach was cramping with gas pains, I'll disagree.

I could do an experiment, but because I already know that I don't like smelling my own farts, I will have to pass on the experiment.

-Sunday Night Banter

P.S. You can't believe everything you hear.

posted on 07/28/2017 12:53 p.m.
There are actually psychiatric diagnoses which deal with persons who enjoy various aspects of their own or others' body waste products.
Having worked in hospitals since 1975, I've never encountered any flatus (clinical name for farts) that smelled good.
- Registered Nurse