How long have you been wearing the same scent? Scents can change dramatically as you age and they can also change with you health status. Additionally, when you brain smells a scent frequently, it no longer perceives it as important and does not pay attention to it. Maybe it’s time for a change of scent?
Recent studies have shown that certain scents can help you lose weight! In a study done by Alan Hirsch, MD, Neurological Director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, people who smelled green apple, banana, or peppermint several times daily lost an average of 30 pounds in 6 months. The thinking is that these scents may curb cravings that cause dieters to fail.
What if your fragrance fades too fast? If you apply your fragrance over a matching body lotion, the moisture helps the scent linger. Even applying it over an unscented lotion will work because fragrances evaporate quicker on dry skin. Be sure to reapply every 3-5 hours on pulse points (nape of the neck, base of the throat and insides of wrists). Most department stores usually only sell matching fragrance body lotions in sets that come out once or twice per year. Very rarely can you purchase a matching scent body lotion separately.
Users also have to be careful of harmful chemicals found in perfume that can wreak havoc with sensitive people. Certain types of alcohol used in perfumes may affect sensitive wearers. Perfume manufacturers do not have to legally disclose the chemicals they use in perfumes. The use of animal sources in perfume has recently lost popularity due to ethical and legal issues. An example is musk found in the gland of the male musk deer. These musk and animal scents are more popular in men’s colognes where manufacturers are now synthetically manufacturing these substances.
Scents can also affect moods! The olfactory system connects directly to the emotional part of our brain and can be a big contributor to how we are feeling emotionally that day. In a study at Ohio State University, research showed that wearing a citrus based fragrance improved moods. Taking a whiff of lemon oil not only improved people’s mood but boosted the release of norepinephrine, a mood-regulating hormone.
Also, fragrances are not just for people anymore! The rise of the “Foodie” and interest in cooking and high quality food has pushed perfume manufacturers to introduce scents such as Demeter’s Fragrance Library’s Cotton Candy, Brownie, Blueberry Muffin, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Crème Brulee, Dirt, Sugar Cookie, Pure Soap and Rain! For the Holidays, try Demeter’s “Cinnamon Bark” fragrance and see what happens! Demeter is currently marketing their fragrance products as both personal and “home” fragrances. They are inexpensive – most are under $20!
Donna Karan is also following with the introduction of their “DKNY Red Delicious” fragrances that is a blend of Cardamom, Apple Liqueur, Cognac, Rum, Moss, Saffron, Mandarin and Vanilla. Also try DKNY’s Delicious Candy Apples with notes of apples, violet leaves, caramel, marshmallow, pears, lily of the valley and jasmine. Karan has her Candy Apple fragrances in a bottle that looks like an apple with a stick (with her logo on it) stuck in the top! Are people’s interests in perfume changing? Maybe in the future, people will choose scents that are related to their field of work or interests. Don’t have time to bake cookies or apple pies? Simply spray the room with these fragrances and no one will guess that those cookies or pies were store bought!
Perfumes and fragrances are changing and are not just limited to personal use anymore. More and more fragrances are being marketed with notes coming from foods rather than florals. Studies show that women are gravitating less towards fragrances with heavy floral notes and opting more often for light, fresh, and food based scents. Fragrances with notes like orange, clementine, mandarin and grapefruit deliver a burst of freshness when you spray them on.