Post # 1
Are scents and smells important to anyone else? I have an exceedingly sensitive nose, so my SO’s particular smell is very special and noticeable to me. But since he wears Old Spice, and a touch of that is part of his particular smell, that can get a tiny bit weird sometimes. . .
The problem is, it’s Old Spice, so numerous people wear it. Recently I had to work on a project with a person I DESPISE, who most unfortunately wears that deodorant! It was dreadfully weird being around this jerk I can’t stand when he was wearing the scent I associate with my boyfriend!! I disliked that experience, because it was offensive that this dingbat person smelled so like my SO!!
So peculiar how smells can be so very evocative of certain experiences we have or remind us of people who smell a certain way. Another example of that is– my mother always wears lavender scent. I once tried wearing lavender scent myself, just around my SO, and he really, really liked it. It means special sexytime to him for some weird reason. He does not have a very sensitive nose, and he never gets close enough to my mother to detect any scent, so I can guarantee that he has NO idea that’s the scent she wears. But. . . now, because I know he likes it, I sometimes wear it, and have to put the fact that it reminds me of my mother out of my mind before climbing into bed with him!! So weird!
Post # 3
I totally understand! I had an ex-bf who wore a distinctive smell like that (can’t remmeber… maybe it was old spice…) and after we broke up, someone came into my work with the same smell, and I was like, “WHOA!!!!”
Post # 4
@red_rose: Yeah, it’s disturbing, itsn’t it!?
Post # 5
Ha ha ha! This is a good post. I used to keep a stick of the original Old Spice deodorent under my bed to huff. My high school crush wore it, but now I just sort of associate it with “the good old days”.
The #1 scent that I associate with being young is Love Spell from VS. Every once and a while I’ll catch a whif of it in a crowd and it takes me to nostalgic places in my mind. I’ve noticed a lot of dudes around my age also seem to associate that scent with old girlfriends. At least one of my exes probably associates it with me. :}
My only other notable “scent” experience was with one of my ex-bfs. Sometimes I swear he disliked things that I did just to bother me… one day I wore the GAP scent “So Pink” – You probably all know it, it’s a really bright citrusy scent – and he said it smelled like “the dust of a grandmother”. That’s a direct quote! It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. His olfactory receptors were hooked up backwards, or something. Ha ha ha.
Post # 6
Do you have Netflix? I watched this interesting documentary a while back called the science of sex appeal. They had a whole section on how smell affects sexual attraction.
Post # 7
I have a crazy sensitive nose. I could easily pick my SO out of a crowd, blindfolded. He just has the most particular smell to me.
I have a perfume that I bought when we were in Paris a year ago and whenever I put it on, I feel like I’m there. Scent has a powerful pull. CK One smells like my first boyfriend, Old Spice smells like my dad, vanilla like my sister, lavender like my mom.
Post # 8
Scent is the most powerful sense tied to memory.
“The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent as, for example, ‘vanilla’ , the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deep-seated emotional responses.”
Post # 9
i am a scent junkie! Have a huge fragrance collection, and I am super senstive to other’s smells. I love love love my fiance’s scent. So much that when kissing, I sometimes just pause and breath deeply. Pheromones are a wonderful thing!
Post # 10
@MsCarabiner: I watched that show way before I met my FI, and I wholeheartedly believe in smell playing a part in attraction! The only scents that he wears are deoderant and some aftershave gel, but even without them, he still has a scent all his own (which, to me, is very attractive).