Bonnets are great for the outdoors, but they also smell like you, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Queensland have used a technique to recreate the smell of the material that’s used in bonnets and found the material has an “almost identical” smell to the stuff people put in their car bonnets, The New York Times reports.
The researchers tested about 10 bonnets on eight different locations, using two types of insulation material to create a range of different types of smell.
They found the materials’ smell was similar to the aroma of bonfires and other outdoor activities, as well as the smell left by cooking meat.
Bonnets are a common and popular outdoor accessory, with most sold in Australia, but the researchers say the scent is unique to this type of material.
“This study is a really important first step in understanding the unique smell of this insulation material, as it has never been described before,” researcher Dr Michelle Janson told the ABC.
“The results suggest that the odor may not be a common, unnoticeable characteristic of bonnets.”
She said this was because the material was designed to act as an insulator, which makes it hard to detect even when a person is sleeping or otherwise sleeping indoors.
“If we have to put a bonfire in the middle of the night and then leave the fire unattended, it will still have that distinctive smell.”
Bonnets have always been a source of great comfort for people who are camping out, as they can be incredibly warm, and are also a good source of warmth for those who have to sleep in the coldest weather.
“The researchers say it could be a while before bonnets become the only insulation material used for home use.