This blog is blocked in Saudi Arabia. It is written by a Saudi professor. It has been hit by 173 countries worldwide. It has been translated into 7 languages.
In Saudi Arabia, onion or garlic smell is considered to be culturally bad. Although a man is to attend a mosque for praying five times a day, when he smells onion or garlic, he may not attend mosques as he will annoy others including angels. Some Saudi couples find onion or garlic smell to be a turn-off and disgusting during the course of kissing, doing foreplay and having sex. Some Saudis reporting avoiding eating onion or garlic whatsoever so as to avoid smelling bad. Some eat onion because of its value but use some strategies to get rid of the smell. For example, they eat parsley after eating onions. Others, likewise, think that rubbing the board on which onions are cut with lemon kills the smell. Some use mouth sprays/fresheners or gums to kill onion smell. Some eat only cooked onions because of their belief that cooking kills their smell. Some wear gloves when cutting onions for cooking so as to avoid their hands smelling onions. It should be mentioned that it is fascinating how Saudis in daily social life care so much not only about not smelling bad or smelling nothing but rather about smelling good. Some Saudis avoid using many sauces ( e.g. ketchup) in their food, thinking that when they eat ketchup, they will smell ketchup.