Scent Marketing in the Workplace

If you stop and try to think how your workplace smells like, can you identify a specific odor? Or can you at least remember how you feel when you think about it? I personally find it really easy to recreate in my mind the scents I smell every day, and with them also specific moods and attitudes I associate to those specific environments. For example, the smell of my house makes me feel relaxed and cosy, the smell of buses makes me feel anxious (because I’m usually in a rush), the smell of my office makes me feel productive and the smell of my university hall makes me feel concentrated.

Now, ‘because scent marketing is so effective at increasing sales in a retail setting, we might lose sight of the fact that Continue reading

Greetings from Scent Sciences President & CEO, Bill Wiles

As  Scent Sciences  continues to grow I thought I would share on the blog why we are all very excited about where we and the scent world are going.   If you are a long-time follower of Scent Sciences you will have watched us grow from a scent emitting device company to one with a unique disruptive technology platform incorporating an industry standard API, software suite, scent delivery devices and proprietary scent technologies.  So, why is this exciting?  We now have Continue reading

Scent of lavender: Mothers best friend

Are you a new mother? And your baby is keeping you up at night? Well what if I told you there is a home remedy that is found to reduce stress, crying and enhance sleep for young infants (and yourself).

I envy all of you mothers out there who have new born infants that keep you up at night, because I know I wouldn’t be able to do that. I live with a 19-month-old baby and he’s already starting his “terrible twos.” But I never remembered him crying as much when he was an infant (so I got lucky there).

A study shows that the scent of lavender can help your infant Continue reading

Sniff out Alzheimer’s disease!

When I smell chocolate I would remember the times when my grandpa would indulge me with Hershey’s chocolate bar every time I came to visit him. He would always tell me stories about how his dad never game him chocolate and that he never wanted to do that to me. Chocolate is such a common smell that everyone can identify it when they walk past a candy store or just walking down the grocery store aisle that featured all sorts of chocolate bars. But what would happen if you smell chocolate and can’t remember what it is? I would be devastated if I found out that my grandpa wasn’t able to remember what chocolate smelled like, because I think of him every time I smelled it.

Studies completed by doctors show Continue reading

Scent as Pest Control?

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Compton. I am a design intern and will be a guest contributor to the Scent Sciences scent blog!

This may seem to be a bit of an offbeat topic in regards to scent technology, but through my recent experiences, the potential in this untapped concept could mean a great deal of comfort and convenience to the health and well-being of homeowners and renters all over.

So, something I’ve had to unfortunately regularly tackle when I transferred to college and lived on my own for the first time was the problem with bugs. Those pesky invasive insects that I speak of include spiders, ants, cockroaches, silverfish, and the Continue reading

Can you smell danger?

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There are many scents out in the world that can grab our attention with just one whiff. The scent of coffee in the morning will get me out of bed within an instant. While I’m walking to school and smell the bakery on the way, it makes my mouth watery and my stomach angry, so what do I do? Of course I go in the bakery and grab something to satisfy my hunger. But what if we could smell danger? What if we were able to smell danger and avoid it before it can happen to us?

A study done by neuroscientist at the Biomedical Sciences Institutes, shows that fish can Continue reading

Wasabi Smoke Alarm

I was browsing news articles about “scent technology” and I came across one about Japanese researchers who won the lg Nobel prize last year for inventing a smoke alarm that sprays a wasabi scent. This is supposed to alert people who have a hearing disability that there is danger. Continue reading

Sleeping with Scents

Hello everyone! I would first like to introduce myself; my name is Kaila Li. I am going to be one of the new regular bloggers for Scent Sciences, so watch out for my blog posts during the next few months!

How many of you out there have Continue reading

Scent of a Winner?

Last week I wrote about cinnamon, this week I would like to turn to peppermint. Now I know that it is a little early to be thinking about peppermint as it does bring on memories about the winter holidays and yet another one of my favorite Starbucks creations the Peppermint Mocha (which I’m also super excited for this season). This blog post is about the athletic performance that peppermint can enhance.

Many athletes turn to supplements and sport drinks to enhance their performance, as well as banned pills, but new research might suggest that another performance enhancer might be right under their noses. Continue reading

How do we Know that Scents are Safe? Part 1

The creation of fragrances that are used in so many products, from fine fragrances to hair care products to scented candles to cleaning products – literally thousands and thousands of products – requires many hundreds and even thousands of different fragrance ingredients.  It isn’t enough to think that creating a scent that smells like oranges or grapefruit or any other recognizable, descriptive scent that we know very well will be safe simply because it smells like things that we KNOW in our life experiences to be safe.  Is it safe if it is all-natural?  As it turns out, it may not be even then.  So how do we handle this potential problem?
We start by grounding ourselves with facts.  First, the most potent toxins known to man are all-natural.  One example: aflatoxin.  Second, regardless of the source (natural OR not) if a single chemical structure is derived from natural sources and it is purified OR if it is made synthetically and it is purified (purified is KEY for both) then the toxicity profile will be the same for each.  Third, an ingredient as described above will usually have an effect on tissue when it is applied at a Continue reading