Still smells like Christmas…??

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pine tree

I’ve just recently ran into an article that explains how Americans love the different scents of Christmas, and particularly the one of Pine Tree.¬†ScentSicles has been working on the development of scented ornaments to make also fake pine trees smell like real trees. How cool is that? This way we can avoid to kill trees and be all earth-friendly (they’re also biodegradable). And still enjoy good smell ūüôā Continue reading

Happy 2013 – Time to Take Off!

2013Happy New Year everyone! We all hope you had nice holidays and celebrations, now it’s time to go back to work for a new and exciting year! Especially here at Scent Sciences…things are getting VERY exciting (and fast-paced!). Looks like the next few weeks are going to be…THE RIGHT ONES! Stay tuned;)

On that note, there is one particular event that here at Scent Sciences we are looking forward to: the ScentWorld expo. Taking place in Downtown New York City from February 6th, 2013 through February 8th, 2013 the ScentWorld expo will be Continue reading

Learning How to Smell Better in Our Odiferous World – Part 1

550px-Improve-Your-Sense-of-Smell-Step-1Many people have asked how they can learn to “smell” more proficiently. ¬†While¬†each of us¬†is born with the¬†techniques¬†of smelling (smelling through the nose and smelling through the back of the throat – the latter being lumped together with¬†the sense of ¬†taste¬†–¬†actually¬†only the sensations¬†of salty, sweet, bitter, sour, umami (savory)) – we seem to think that improving¬†our ability to¬†smell requires something magical and probably well beyond our “normal” capabilities.¬† That is not so.¬† Smelling better –¬†improving our ability to be more discriminating and more capable¬†of identifying odor types as well as specific odors¬†– is¬†mostly a function of¬†experience.¬†¬†Practice and more practice¬†is the key¬†to learning how to become better and better at it.
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Happy Holidays from Scent Sciences!

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What’s that Christmas smell!?

Happy holidays, dear Scent Sciencers! On behalf of the whole team, I wish you very happy days and a great beginning of the new year. Now, no matter whether you spent these past few days with relatives, eating and sleeping or not, it’d be really interesting to see what kind of scents reminds of Christmas the most. So why not Continue reading

How Scent Eases Cold and Flu Symptoms

Lavendar flower

Lavendar flower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday night, it hit.  That scratchy lump feeling in the back of my throat.  Tiredness, achy muscles.  Was it a case of the Mondays coming a day early?  No, I knew that feeling.  I spend most of my weekdays with 24 nine year olds.  So, it was not my first cold of the season, nor would it be my last.  But, now I have the drill down.   I’m a firm believer in using scents to combat colds and flus.

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On the Beach – Part 2

ambergrisIn my last blog post, we explored the types of smells associated with the seashore. However, there is one other important aromatic found, very occasionally, on the beach – ambergris. The name translates as ‚Äėgrey amber‚Äô which gives a clue to its appearance. Ambergris can be found washed up on the shores of New Zealand, Australia and the Indian Ocean, and it has long held an important place in perfumery, as a medicine, aphrodisiac and incense. Originally it was thought to be bird excrement, or congealed gum or bitumen, or even a Continue reading

Jasmine as strong as valiums?

96I was doing some research on the scent of jasmine and I came upon some very interesting information which may amuse you. A laboratory test on mice has found Continue reading

A Scented Instrument? Nothing new…!

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The ‚Äúsmell organ‚ÄĚ as illustrated by Frank R. Paul in the June 1922 issue of Science and Invention

This week I ran into something really, really, really cool. Have you ever thought of an instrument that can play…scents?? I swear when I read this is I was totally shocked! Although there’s no evidence this was ever actually constructed, the idea is Continue reading

Shopping Time: Can You Smell It?

Three-tips-to-make-your-kitchen-cozier-this-winter_16001044_800913322_0_0_14059506_300 kitchen-2-1957-xlg remodeled-kitchen-featuring-natural-cherry-cabinetryDid you know that if you’re abou to buy or rent a house, you’re actually more likely to go for it if when you see it for the first time it smells like apple pie? Has it ever happened to you? According to¬†Martin Lindstrom, author of¬†Brand Sense, the sense of smell influences emotions and mood and can trigger memories of a specific time in our lives. Some scents may evoke happiness, some other sadness, some other energy,¬†tiredness¬† excitement… Well,¬†it seems unlikely that we’ll ever walk into a room and say, “I smell HMW” or “Ann Summers” or “Disney”, but a brand like “Sony” already has its¬†distinguishing¬†and particular ‘brand scent’. So I’m really wondering how long it’ll take before other brands will adopt this new dimension of branding. For example, what would

grandarcade_heroApple smell like? Disney? Laura Ashley? It’d be fun creating s contest and see who comes up with the most original answer. It is not matter of only big brands though, as many other business should consider integrating the ‘scent dimension’ to their branding – particularly this time¬†of the year,¬†when everyone is rushing to get Christmas gifts and struggling to be original.
What difference would make smelling a specific scent in relation to a brand to drive consumers’ purchase? And from a consumer’s perspective, what scent would be able to convince you to buy a specific item rather than a non-smelly one? Continue reading

Coming to Our Senses: How Scent Can Enrich Our Lives

Social_mediaIf you subscribe to any marketing-related publication or feed, you have probably noticed that 80% or more of the articles center around social media and digital marketing, and I get it, I really do. Social media marketing, mobile and web marketing are the latest completely new form of marketing (never mind that on most social media platforms, people do not want to be bothered by Continue reading