Monthly Archives: June 2020

HARRY STYLES CANDLES

U.S. 8th largest retailer, Target is selling a candle that apparently smells like Harry Styles favorite perfume – Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanilla. Styles’ fans will conceivably do unusual things to feel nearer to their idol, but this wins all. 

Selling at a retail price of USD$9.99, the perfume will presumably make you feel just like the Watermelon Sugar singer! It is currently sold out at Target stores across the U.S. Unlucky fans expressed their dismay on social media for not being fast enough to get their hands on the candle… You’re not the only one, don’t worry. 

Meanwhile, those who manage to get the holy grail declared their delights in social media. Abigail Hampton, one of Styles’ diehard fan even wrote on Twitter, “CASHMERE VANILLA. The one and only Harry Styles candle that smells like the Tobacco Vanilla Tom Ford Cologne. It’s heavenly. I bought two. Even if you don’t like Harry Styles, it’s an amazing candle. 11/10 would recommend. It smells so good.” Well, lucky you!

Being a fan of a scented candle or two, the man himself brings them on tour. He also told Dazed magazine that he likes fragrances that has some emotions behind it. The smell triggers a memory so strong for everyone. He added that his mother has always worn the same perfume – like Roman candles and Jasmine – making him feel like a kid all over again!

What are you waiting for? Get your hands on Harry Styles’ mother’s favourite perfume before it runs out too… 

The Sweet Smell of School Success

Did you know – our sense of smell is largely associated with our memories? Probably more so than any of our other senses! Individuals with full olfactory function may relate that smells evoke particular memories in our brains. Let’s take a look at how Franziska Newman, a trainee school teacher at the University of Freiburg, discovered the links between smell and memory and went on to test whether the connection could aid students in recollecting their lessons.  

Recently, Franziska raised the idea about linking smells to memories when she found out that the smell of her olive face cream brought back memories of her mother wearing the same cream. To verify her hypothesis, she recruited a small group of students learning English vocabulary as her sample size to put to a test. The first group of students were given a rose-scented incense to place by their books while they study and during a test. The second group of students put the incense sticks beside their beds when they slept, while the third group used the incense sticks to study, sleep and during the exam.  

Interestingly, the results displayed that combining smell with study and sleep improved students’ grades! Evidently, this indicates that scents facilitate in assigning the information they have learnt from short-term memory to long-term memory. However, this doesn’t mean that one does not have to study to retain information in the brain. Franziska also added that it is still crucial for one to study and pass an examination, but use scents to help in memory storage and eventually, boost exam scores. 

There you go, kids. A simple trick to get that A+ for your examination! Good luck and you can thank us later.     

Link: https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/chemical-communication/Sweet-smelling-study-aids-stinky/98/i16

 

 

U.S. Forces in Korea are using vinegar as a smell test for coronavirus

Smell Testing in Korea

In Seoul, the US Forces are carrying out random vinegar smell tests on its bases to screen people possibly infected with COVID-19, the military said, following reports that losing the sense of smell or taste could be an indication of virus infection.

According to the Army Garrison, those personnel who cannot detect the smell of vinegar will be further screened, adding that studies have shown that the loss of smell is an early indicator of possible infection.

Vinegar really? How about you level up and buy some dem Jars of Smells for y’all boys in green…no vinegar inside, but you will find a nasal challenge that will make your nose hairs curl!

-Ed

Reported From – https://m-en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2020040600900032

Ford Files Patent Application to Single Out Smelly Ride-Hailing Vehicles

Ford Patent Application

According to a patent application, Ford is working on a solution to identify, categorize and compute odors found emanating from your ride share.

Ford’s system would use an environmental sensor to determine the nature of the odors inside a vehicle and would compare those odors and their concentrations to a list of thresholds set by the ride-hailing customer. For example, I have zero tolerance for Black Ice air fresheners, so if I call for a car and the sensor detects that chemical profile in the car it wants to send to me, it’ll change up.

Seriously, how would this ever actually work? Smells are so subjective and contextual. Intensity sure, that we can understand, its like a volume switch, but the rest of it? This patent application is at best a method to turn what exotic flavors remain in this world into plain vanilla.

Its a braven new world out there peeps!

-Ed

Full piece reported on here – https://www.cnet.com/news/coronavirus-car-buyers-ride-sharing-public-transport/

Don’t Cut off Your Nose, You’ll Spite More than Your Face

A new study from the University of East Anglia reveals the huge range of emotional and practical impacts caused by a loss of smell.

It finds that almost every aspect of life is disrupted – from everyday concerns about personal hygiene to a loss of sexual intimacy and the break-down of personal relationships.

The researchers hope that their findings will help motivate clinicians to take smell problems more seriously, with better help and support offered to patients.

“There are many causes – from infections and injury to neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and as a side effect of some medications.

“Most patients suffer a loss of flavour perception which can affect appetite and can be made even worse if distortions in their sense of smell also co-exist.

“Previous research has shown that people who have lost their sense of smell also report high rates of depression, anxiety, isolation and relationship difficulties.

“We wanted to find out more about how a loss of smell affects people.”

The researchers worked with the Smell and Taste clinic at the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston-On-Sea. The clinic opened in 2010 and was the UK’s first clinic dedicated to taste and smell.

The study involved 71 participants aged between 31-80 who had written to the clinic about their experiences.

The research shows that sufferers experience wide-ranging impairments to their quality of life. These included a negative emotional impact, feelings of isolation, impaired relationships and daily functioning, impacts on physical health and the difficulty and financial burden of seeking help.

“The inability to link smells to happy memories was also a problem. Bonfire night, Christmas smells, perfumes and people – all gone. Smells link us to people, places and emotional experiences. And people who have lost their sense of smell miss out on all those memories that smell can evoke.

“Many participants described a negative impact on relationships – ranging from not enjoying eating together to an impact on sexual relationships,” he added.

Reference: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoea-wil012220.php

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