How do we Know that Scents are Safe? Part 3

We have covered a lot of ground on this topic and have discussed “gray areas” that require our personal judgment be exercised.  Here is one more for you to consider.

More and more people expect that any “smell experience” that they might have encountered should be able to be reprised.  We get into areas where simply identifying the chemistries that define the smell and then re-assembling them may not be prudent.  A recent blog, seen here and not authored by me, addressed the smell of a rain storm and is a case in point.  Many classes of compounds that are created when a rain storm arrives were categorized.  All in all, thousands if not many, many times that number were bundled into three categories: ozone (and effects); petrichor (natural and not natural origin ingredients found on the ground and on pavement, etc.); and geosmin (mostly natural-origin materials deriving from flora and fauna directly or indirectly and associated with “dirt” = earth).  However, the collateral Continue reading

Olfactory Art

Nobi Shioya, Seven Deadly Sins

Olfactory art is a term that is new to me this week.  Working for a scent company and keeping a close watch on the art world, I was surprise that I have never heard this term!  Upon finding scholarly article after scholarly article about this topic, I wonder, why has this art form remain hidden from me, and therefore the general public? Despite the manifestos published by the Futurists, the Surrealists, and other post-modern groups, calling for a wider integration of human experience into art, scent elude artists of their time.  Some critics in the past argued that scent remains on the “fringe of aesthetics,” and a “lower sense.”  Could we coin olfactory art as the new folk art, the quaint country cousin, not to be taken too seriously?