You spritz, dab, lather and wear it on a daily basis. But do you know why your fragrance smells different after lunch? Or that you don’t smell with your nose? We swathed ourselves in the intricacies of smell and perfume to bring you facts you never knew about your favorite sniffs.
Women have a stronger sense of smell than men
Thanks to the female brain having up to 50% more olfactory sensors. So, the next time your man sniffs your new perfume and says he can’t smell anything, don’t blame the poor guy.
Good scents make you happy
In many scent experiments, it was discovered that smelling a fragrance you know and perceive as pleasant could have significantly positive effects on your mood. The universally sweet scent of vanilla has been accepted as the ‘standard’ happy fragrance most people respond to.
Everyone has a unique smell-print
Like thumbprints, our sniffing abilities are exclusive. In fact, due to scent blind spots, there are specific odors you just can’t detect. Now you know why your best friend’s new floral perfume just smells saccharine sweet to you.
You smell with your brain, not your nose
Sure, your nose detects scent molecules, but it’s your brain that identifies them.
The formula of perfume hasn’t changed in centuries
Made up mainly of alcohol and water – with the same type and purity used in beverages – the composition of fragrance has remained the same save for different essential oils used.
Your sense of smell gets bored quickly and easily
Have you ever entered a bakery or a florist and gotten overwhelmed with the intriguing aromas, only to not smell anything by the time you’re checking out? “After two breaths, the receptors in your nose sort of switch off,” says Pamela Dalton, a psychologist at Monell Chemical Senses Center who has been studying the phenomenon of nose-blindness for more than 20 years. “The intensity of the smell fades because your brain has perceived the scent as nonthreatening, which means it has no need to pay attention to it.”
Scent evokes memories
However, unlike memories created by your other senses, a study conducted by New York Academy of Sciences discovered that all your scent memories are formed within the first ten years of your life.
The same perfume can smell differently on different people
Perfumers say that your body chemistry ‘pushes’ certain notes in the fragrance more strongly, thanks to genetics or your diet.
Fragrance ingredients are tested to the same standards of consumer goods like food
Your sense of smell is like a muscle
The more you sniff, the stronger and more discerning it becomes.