Type in “perfume that”, for example, and you get these search phrases.
Clearly there are a lot of ladies wondering how best to lead a guy by the nose; popular autocompletions include perfume that attracts men, that men love on women, and that turns men on. What sort of scents do these wily ladies have in mind? Perfumes that smell like cotton candy, soap, baby powder, roses and laundry. There are also value shoppers looking for perfume that lasts all day, and people so addicted to the discontinued Hollister August fragrance that they want something—anything!—similar.
Here’s another way to see what sort of perfume are people searching for.
Folks want perfume that smells like cotton candy, soap, baby powder, roses, laundry, the beach (wasn’t Ocean by Calvin Klein really Kramer’s idea?), vanilla, chocolate, cake, and of course Hollister August (alright already!).
Concerns about BO crop up on autocompletions to “my girlfriend smell” and “my boyfriend smell.”
What is there to say? Being a teenager isn’t easy.
What happens when we take a wider view and search for “what smell”?
Once again the Google autocompletion ouija board points to sex, specifically smells that guys like and those that turn men on, turn guys on, and turn women on. A lot of people are want to know what smells their dogs and cats dislike—is this about keeping them off the furniture? And what drives the Google inquiry “what smells like weed?” People looking for a good cover story or those thinking of pulling the old oregano scam on some fourth graders?
Let’s take another run at it by typing in “the smell of.”
This produces an interesting set of autocompletions, some benign (rain, apples, and Christmas), some cliched (the smell of napalm in the morning), and some downright creepy (burning ants, the kill, and death).