Thursday, February 27, 2014

A perplexing case of scent

My sense of smell has been uber strong today for some reason, meanwhile I received a note from a customer who is having a challenging time perceiving the scent of the solid samples she ordered. The two samples she ordered were GreenWitch and Figure 1: Noir, which most people consider on the stronger end of my scents.

Needless to say, the customer and I are both perplexed. In her note she says she gets barely any scent and wonders if there is something wrong with her. In my note back I explained how our current terrain is bombarded with synthetic fragrance chemicals, created from petroleum, which can be very strong and sticky compared to true botanicals.

Then I gave her a few pointers to heighten the sense of smell:

"A: Begin removing as many synthetic aroma chems from your life as much as possible. This takes a bit of work, but, in the end highly worth it. I speak from experience!

B: At the same time start drinking more water, less coffee and including raw fruits and vegetables into the diet. This helps to alkalize the body, which in term enhances our ability to smell.

We are all individual beings with different ways of experiencing the world, some of us are more visual, some more auditory etc. Since authentic botanical perfume is not something readily available in our everyday experience adjustments to perceive scent on a deeper level may be required. For example, after going to art school I began to SEE the world in a whole new way.

So, even if you take baby steps you can get there. I suggest putting the samples in a cool dark (unscented) space for a week or so and then smelling them again, ideally after a unscented shower. It may take a little time and also may require being out in nature where there are less man made smells."

Here I am on the other end of the spectrum, with super hero smelling ability, wanting to run to the hills like Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Patrick Süskind's novel Perfume

Images: Ben Whishaw as Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in the film version of Perfume.

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