Osmanthus – the Scent of an Oriental Autumn

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In Scotland, we have just enjoyed an uncharacteristically glorious summer, full of beautiful scents. Autumn can be wonderful too, but then it is more the rich pallete of colours that we appreciate – our visual sense tends to dominate the season. Here, if we are asked to identify the scents of autumn, we might think of fallen leaves, damp earth, pumpkins and gourds, bonfires, wood smoke, maybe coniferous forests. However, there is one beautiful scented flower that, in China and Japan, is very much associated with autumn, and that is osmanthus.

Osmanthus fragrans is a woody, evergreen flowering shrub. In China it is known as kweiha, and the scent of the blossoms is loved and renowned; and indeed has been described as the quintessential scent of China.  It has been cultivated for hundreds of years, and is often found at Buddhist temples, where it is planted in groves. Osmanthus is very much considered to be Continue reading

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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

Scents: The Next Big Thing on e-Books?

Do you love reading novels? It is interesting how technology changed the way we read. Well, I used to be a fanatic, and this was way back in the comics’ days. Fast-forward, and I’m still one of those who prefers to read novels in the traditional way. Actually, I have been thinking of getting an e-book for awhile. My interest in it came back today when I thought about the possibility of having a ScentEnabled version.

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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