And this is why I don't wish to go back into the dating world ever again. The carryover of everyone's baggage makes for muddy waters. Could be this guy praised his last date/gf for her intelligence and she was insulted he didn't notice the effort she put into looking good.
Which is the opposite side of the same problem - only complimenting one thing! Most of us want to be loved for the entirety of who we are - not just some pieces. We want to be complimented on our looks, personality, intelligence and abilties. Focusing on only one are (and it doesn't matter which, although the physical is probably the one that gets noticed the fastest) makes you wonder if the other person cares about you as a person or only about have X quality on their arm.
I think the problem here is that it was after two dates, and it sounded like it was basically a short email to say "I enjoyed my time with you." If he'd said, "I really like your hair, your smile, the way you talk, your intelligence, how creative you seem to be, and our conversation," it just gets to be a bit much and might come across as creepy. Honestly I don't think people should be talking about smell quite so soon in a relationship
, though. I think that remarking on somebody's smell is a bit intimate and should be something reserved for later, once a solid relationship