I swear it’s not my evil plan to slowly and secretly turn The Charmbandit into a perfume blog, it’s just that I have been in research mode lately when it comes to scents. And I’m not talking about different types of fragrances or brands or even ingredients – right now, I am talking about the effect of a scent on the human brain.
Since it’s pretty late, I’m not going to write a whole study on it, but I thought I’d share with you some awesome informations I got to know about the most underrated sense of ours. (Although appearantly I could easily stay up and write a whole trilogy about the nose because these freaking youngsters (foreigners) in the neighbourhood are partying on the street. Again. Seriously, don’t they have to study or something, it’s September for fuck’s sake.)
People usually talk about the memory when it comes to the connection between the brain and the sense of smell. It’s quite interesting also, but what I was looking for is how scents can affect your mood, or more specifically, what the “power of smell” term really covers.
“With your initial encounter, you begin forming nerve connections that intertwine the smell with emotions. The capacities for both smell and emotion are rooted in the same network of brain structures, the limbic system. The olfactory center also interacts directly with the hippocampus, a brain area involved in the formation of new memories.”
The article I brought this information from came up with the example of a test – if you, for example, smell incence while studying, (then I feel really sorry for you) then all the information could be recalled at the day of the test by just bringing the same scent with you. But also, which is even more awesome, you can switch up your own mood or even affect your health by using just your sense of smell since the olfactory system is in the brain which means it is “closely tied to memory, mood, stress, and concentration.”
To come up with some more examples, everyone knows lavender is for chill time and so on, but you don’t have to use exclusively that to keep calm. If you smell a specific scent and connect it to a relaxing or invigorating, or whatever kind of activity – it can be any other perfume – everytime you smell it, the scent will bring that exact same feeling out of you. Okay, it’s not that easy, you got to make it a pattern – so for example if you smell a specific scent while chilling or meditating, and every time you meditate you smell that specific scent, then it will become a pattern and everytime you smell it, you feel the exact same thing.
There is not another sense that can do that.
P.S.: I’m not sure if these fuckers are actually foreigners. I happened to hear Hungarian words too.
P.S. 2.0: Oh my God, I think there are two different parties, there are idiots with a beerbike, and assholes just somewhere in an apartment close to mine.
With an open window.
P.S. 3.0: How can you be so loud?!
P.S. 4.0: Oh, wait, I just realized it’s Friday. They had Friday yesterday and the day before too, though.
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