Garlic made the Queen very unhappy.
“She hated the smell of it, she hated the taste of it.”
Research shows that a chemical called HEX that babies give off from their heads calm men but make women more aggressive.
This could be a chemical defence system we inherited from our animal ancestors, making women more likely to defend their babies and men less likely to kill them. Odors affect behaviour in the animal world in plenty of ways. For example, a rabbit mom will attack her pups if they smell like another female rabbit.
We humans like to think we are above all that, but scientists are increasingly finding that odors affect us more than we think!!
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, currently orbiting the sun, was recently analyzed by a team of scientists.
They discovered what a comet smells like by analyzing a mixture of molecules in the comet’s coma – the cloud of particles and gasses around the space rock’s nucleus. The molecules were collected by instruments aboard the Rosetta spacecraft.
The molecules include hydrogen sulphide, hydrogen cyanide, methanol and sulphur dioxide. These can smell like a pungent cocktail of rotten eggs and a whiff of horse stables. In other words, if you could take a whiff of a comet, the smell would give you a serious headache!
Our sense of smell is our strongest sense and can evoke memory and emotion.
Scientists explain that unlike our other senses, scents bypass the thalmus and go directly to the brain’s smell centre which is known as the olfactory bulb. This bulb is directly connected to the amygdala and the hippocampus, which might explain why the smell of something can trigger a detailed memory or even intense emotion.
So go ahead, take a long whiff of that old bottle of perfume or the paperbacks in the used bookstore and enjoy the memories that come flooding back.
The sense of smell in dogs is unparalleled, which is even more sensitive than the most advanced man-made instrument. They possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans.
Once trained, medical detection dogs are able to smell metabolic changes to people’s breath and sweat. Their sense of smell can even be more accurate than conventional COVID-19 tests.
The United Arab Emirates has 38 sniffer dogs working at its airports that can identify infected persons at a 98.2% success rate. Police trained the dogs to recognize the scent of COVID-19 using samples of sweat from people with confirmed infections, collected by holding a swab in an armpit for a few minutes.
Several other countries including Finland, the United States and France have also been running their own dog training and trials of canine detection of COVID-19.
Research shows that hummingbirds have an active sense of smell and can smell their way out of danger while hunting for nectar. This is due to in part to their large olfactory bulbs, which is the tissue in the brain that controls smell.
For their experiments, scientists observed more than a hundred hummingbirds in the wild and in aviaries. The birds were given the choice between two feeders, either sugar water or sugar water plus one of several chemicals whose scent signaled the presence of an insect.
Results show that the hummingbirds avoided the water with the acid and that they can use their sense of smell to avoid danger while foraging for food.
With the launch of its new electric car, Ford has created a fragrance which smells like gasoline. 70% of electric car buyers said they would miss the smell of gas when switching to a plug-in vehicle.
The smell of gasoline ranks as a more popular scent than wine and cheese and is identical to the aroma of used books.
Called Mach-Eau, this fragrance is designed to please the nose of any wearer. A high-end fragrance that combines smokey, rubber and metallic accords. Notes include lavender, geranium, sandalwood and blue ginger.
In current times, face masks should be worn to keep you and your families safe. Fortunately, there is some good news!
With an added scent you might not even want to take your sweet-smelling mask off once you get home.
As proven with scented toys and lattes there is no such thing as too much pumpkin spice. Usually a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
Pumpkin-spice- scented face masks are now very popular. This sweet fall scent can remind us of happy, seasonal memories and makes us feel good.
Victoria Bitter is a full flavoured beer produced by Carlton & United Breweries, a subsidiary of Asahi, in Melbourne Victoria. It is one of the best-selling beers in Australia.
To celebrate the “satisfying moment of knock-off” VB has released a new hops-scented fragrance. Named Thirst, this fragrance is made from perfume oil combined with an extract from the same hops used to brew VB. This scent is also available in longneck bottles.
The new scent opens with a refreshing combination of bitter citrus and icy aromas, before finishing with the bold freshness and energy of sweet hoppy accents.
A perfume designed for the Australian beer lover, this fragrance will certainly make up for that spilt beer smell from the local pub.
Do you know Why Maximus Smells The Dirt Before Each Battle?
According to ScreenRant, the reason behind his famous dirt-smelling ritual before each clash connects Maximus to his home and to his family.
Who isn’t feeling a tad bit nostalgic these days? For the freedom to wander, to touch freely and to smell freely?
Lets pray for happier days ahead
Metronome, billed as an experiential meditation tool, has finally launched after 10 years in development.
A collaborative work, the piece has been created by Alter-Projects‘ Anne-Laure Pingreoun; Servaire&Co‘s Sebastien Servaire, Candido De Barro and Gregory Sidoine; with sound and tech from 6Sides, K-array Audio Solutions, 2BHeard, Moodsonic and SetWorks.
A motion and scent profile enables “a new semantic and poetic system,” says Servaire
The ability to communicate with a real person, to see, touch and smell products are essential components of the physical experience that together tell a compelling brand story.
Indeed research shows that multi-sensory cues in a retail store atmosphere have a powerful impact on consumer emotions and purchase behaviors, especially when they are congruent or delivered harmoniously.
It is a well known fact that our sense of smell is processed in a deep-seated part of our brains, the limbic system, a place that also processes our memories and emotion.
Given the close connection of odours and memories it is therefore unsurprising that a whole range of smells from the good to the bad to the ugly (who is to judge anyway) can elicit a broad spectrum of emotions.
Smells are known to jog memories and nostalgia and it is these deep associated sensory memories that jog our emotional state.
According to psychologist Dr Elena Touroni:
‘The smell itself doesn’t have to be particularly pleasant in order to provoke a positive memory. It’s very common and we purposefully use it as a psychological strategy in therapy – especially for those who have experienced trauma or have emotional difficulties, for example,’ she adds. It’s more about the association, rather than enjoyment of the thing itself.’
What odd smells bring comfort to you?
This year Chanel (and the world) will be celebrating 100 years of this iconic perfume.
Launched back in 1921, Coco Chanel being the trailblazer and fashion icon wanted to push the boundaries on fragrance and move beyond the soliflores (single flower inspired creations, ie it smells like what it is).
Working with French-Russian perfumer Ernest Beaux, he decided to resort to a powerful ingredient called Aldehydes which gave Chanel No. 5 its iconic sparkling, powdery, even ‘lux soapy-fresh out of the bath’ feel.
However as the story goes, Mr Beaux’s assistant had mistakenly overdosed sample No. 5 with too much aldehyde.
Unbeknownst to Ernest he presented the samples to Coco who immediately was bowled over by the power of No. 5. Needless to say he took most of the credit and an icon was born.
Besides for the concoction, with alongside aldehydes, contains a bouquet of ingredients including jasmine, rose and ylang ylang, the fact that very little has changed to the design of the bottle or the label, lends to the iconic cult beauty status that Chanel No. 5 has no doubt earned.
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Dissect the perfume ingredients on Fragrantica