Our sense of smell, like all of our bodily functions, is so much more complex than people realize. It can affect our moods and our ability to taste; two things I know I hold dearly to my overall quality of life. Here are some fun facts you may not have known about the power of smell:
You are always using your sense of smell
Although it is the most neglected of all our senses, it plays a vital role in our sense of well-being and quality of life. Our brain responds before we are even aware of a smell. So, take a minute and smell the roses. Who knows, it may be just the thing you need that day.
When we sniff, we inhale odor molecules, which then bind to receptors in the nose
We each have about 1,000 odor receptors allowing us to distinguish at least 3,000 molecules, allowing us to recognize approximately 10,000 different odors. I am not saying these odors are always pleasant, but you have over 10,000 options to find something you like.
No two people smell the same odor in the same way
That is why one person may like a perfume and another may not. It also makes the perfume-making experience a very personal one.
Of all of our senses, smell triggers the strongest memories and can change your mood
The olfactory nerve connects almost directly to the amygdale, in the limbic system in the brain, which is associated with memory and emotion. So the right perfume can be the key to your happiness!
90% of taste (gestation) is actually smell
If you hold your nose while you eat a piece of rich dark chocolate, it has no taste. Now, I do not encourage you doing this because every piece of rich dark chocolate deserves to be tasted. One would not want to so overtly disrespect chocolate.
Nasal breathing can act as a substitute for coffee
If you are feeling drowsy or have difficulty concentrating on a task, take deep breaths through your nose – you will stimulate the brain waves that promote an alert state.
Our sense of smell is mature at birth
It is one of the first senses that a newborn baby experiences. That is why a mother’s scent triggers a sense of security in a child.
Our sense of smell is at work even while we are sleeping
That’s why the smell of bacon cooking never fails to wake you up.
Many animals use scents to mark the path to and from a food source
While humans do not have as strong a sense of smell as animals, my sense of smell often draws me towards my food sources (a delicious smelling restaurant or home-cooked meal).
Our sense of smell is better in the summer than in the winter
Meaning you should stick to light and fresh smelling perfumes during the summer months.
Our appreciation for perfumes is not simply emotional—it is deeply thoughtful
Visit us in our St. Martin Parfumerie for the opportunity to create your very own fragrance, which can hold the key to your happiness!