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Interesting Facts about Scents and Smell

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

While we are Fragrance specialists (with certificates to prove it!), the Tijon team is still learning new and fun facts everyday. Smell is such a complex scent that has such a great effect on our day-to-day lives. I will impart upon you the fun facts that we have learned regarding scents and smells!

We all have a sense of smell and it is constantly in use, whether we realize it or not. Smell is one of the most important, yet often overlooked, elements of our everyday experiences. Here are some truly amazing facts about what that nose of yours does for you each and every day.

  1. You really can “smell fear”

People can unconsciously detect whether someone is stressed or scared by smelling a chemical pheromone released in their sweat, according to researchers who have investigated the underarm secretions of petrified skydivers. That being said, if you plan on going skydiving anytime soon, you should probably come in Tijon Fragrance Lab beforehand.

  1. Everyone has a unique “smellprint”

No two people smell things the same way. So when you’re arguing with a friend about how good or bad something smells, maybe you should just agree to disagree.

  1. Good scents make you happier

Smelling something that you perceive as pleasant has a profound effect on your mood. So wake up and smell the roses.

  1. Women have a stronger sense of smell then men

So it is no surprise a woman knows the milk has gone bad long before the men that they live with.

  1. Pregnant women have weird food cravings because of their sense of smell

Because of a woman’s hypersensitive sense of smell during pregnancy, she develops a abnormal sense of taste leading to bizarre cravings like jalapenos and ice cream.

  1. There are fewer scents then people think

Researchers hypothesize that there are only 7 types of primary odors: musky, putrid, pungent, camphoraceous (like mothballs), ethereal (like dry cleaning fluid), floral, and minty.

  1. Scents can cue memories

Most of your scent memories, however, are cued during the beginning of your life unlike visual or other sensorial memory types.

  1. You actually smell with your brain

Most people assume you smell with your nose, but the actual process occurs in your brain as part of the olfactory system.

For more fun facts about scents and smells, come into Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique and take a custom fragrance class! You can book a class online at www.tijon.com or call us at 619.821.8219.

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