Fragrance News This Week in Fragrance: Super-smellers, Oil vs EDP, & Paw Homme (woof!)

This Week in Fragrance: Super-smellers, Oil vs EDP, & Paw Homme (woof!)

12/14/16 08:25:33 (19 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison


Wendy Helfenbaum describes her struggle with oversensitivity to smells, hyperosmia, in WomansDay.com this week. She explains:

Super Smellers have different triggers — some feel ill around certain food odors; for others, it's the smell of gasoline. For most, it can cause anxiety and affect how they spend their time and with whom. Some doctors, including mine, believe this syndrome is hormone-related. That makes sense to me: While I never loved the smell of perfume, my scent-sitivity kicked into overdrive when I became pregnant with my son. I actually avoided cutting my hair, because waddling into the beauty salon meant facing a barrage of mousses, gels, and hairspray.

Are you a super smeller? Know anyone like that? Share your story in a comment below.

Woman grabbing her nose making a disturbed face

It's awards season for the film industry and along with screeners of this year's films, sometimes a few expensive gifts make their way into voters' hands. This week the HFPA (Golden Globes) ordered voters to return pricey Tom Ford fragrances. Adam White of the Telegraph.co.uk has the scoop:

The HFPA currently dictates that gifts more expensive than $90 should not be accepted in order to prevent possible vote rigging. They therefore ruled that the two bottles of Tom Ford fragrance sent to voters courtesy of Focus Features, and worth hundreds of dollars in stores, were too pricey – so they had to return one of them.

I'd be gutted to have to return a TF scent but rules are rules, right? Personally, I don't think any gifts should be given, but that'll never happen. Which aromas from the TF collection do you think were sent? Which TF scents best represent the collection?

Tom Ford fragrances

Alice Smellie (surely a pseudonym) at the DailyMail.com experiments with perfume oils to see how they compare with edt/edp counterparts:

Alice Smellie selects seven of the best from the fragrance counters and visits the laboratories of fragrance creators CPL Aromas to gain expert verdicts from creative director Angela Stavrevska and perfumery director Beverley Bayne. Might it be time to ditch the spritz and make it all about the oil?

Check out the article to see which scents she tested which products she preferred. How about you? Are you a perfumed oil fan? If so, what are some of your faves? Personally, I love Caron's sadly discontinued Pour un Homme Body Perfume (alcohol-free in an oil base).

Oils

Ever wonder where the natural ingredients in your fragrances come from? Well, in the case of agarwood, it sometimes comes from India, and fair wages for workers is an issue in the news this week. Manish Anand of the NewIndianExpress.com reports:

NEW DELHI: Assam’s powerful perfume mafia is smelling trouble. Workers engaged in extraction of [agar] perfume sticks in the North-east and North Bengal are likely to get a protective umbrella body, the Perfume Board, on the lines of Tea Board. “The Centre has done a thorough study on the business model of perfume extraction in the North-east and North Bengal. Those who hold the monopoly over perfume extraction in the region are in connivance with forest officials,” said a senior officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, who is closely monitoring the creation of the board at the insistence of the PMO.

It's good to see that legislation may require fair payment and harvesting standards. While we're on the topic, what are some of your favorite scented products from India? I'm a huge fan of Aurosikha incense.

Assam tea fields with map

It's been done before but curiosity still keeps products being launched. I'm talking about scents for canines. DailyTelegraph.com.au presents a peek at a new Australian line good enough for humans but developed for pooches:

A perfume range has been created for dogs by pooch lover Gilly Harriott. The fetching Harriott & Hound fragrances are just like the human versions as there are scents for male and female dogs. Paw femme is a perfume called White Pearl, while paw homme is Black Diamond. “Grooming is a big cost for dog owners nowadays. And many dogs — mine included — really don’t enjoy bath time that much,” she said. “(The) fragrances were especially created to keep them fresh between grooms, so you can enjoy a close cuddle with your dog even after you’ve been for your walk in the park that morning. The perfumes are made in Australia and are aimed at the luxury end of the pet market.

Do you ever use fragrance on canines? Would you be inclined to give Harriott & Hound a try on your four-legged friend?

Harriott & Hound Paw Homme

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as PlayboyMen’s JournalMen’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to BeautyAlmanac.com and works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting www.MarlenHarrison.com.

 



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chickenpotpie
chickenpotpie

I wouldn't consider myself a super smeller though I might have a more sensitive sense of smell than the majority of the population, I still dont think I'm a super smeller at all.

What I can say is that I hate the smell of pork from commercial farms. smells like poop to me. And yes I can tell the difference! I don't really like strong cleaners, I invested in a commercial steam cleaner for the floor so I wouldn't have to smell chemicals when mopping (amazing was 360 degree water can do!)

but I'm admittedly not a super smeller as I am completely asnomic to some smells. July in Manhattan No...lol but then again you couldn't pay me to be in a subway station in NY in the summer...ever....

Perfumed oils tend to last forever on me as do most perfumes because I have oily skin. Its starting to get drier as I age, and therefore some perfumes don't last as long (I've noticed this in the last 5 years or so) Last perfumed oil that really tripped my trigger was from Dame Perfumery (Osthmanthus is super gorgeous!!) I have small amount of original Royal secret as a bath oil....absolutely glorious stuff!

I don't perfume my dog. Being she's a greyhound she dosen't tend to have a typical "doggy" smell. She smalls warm and musky, sometimes a bit grassy when she's been rolling around in grass. Or, when we go to the beach she smells very earthy, salty (and if really hot sometimes a wee bit doggy). sometimes she can smell a bit like her mommy's perfume at times as well :-)

Dec
22
2016
cms9
cms9

I recently had surgery and one of the immediate (and thank God short lived!) side effects was an extreme sensitivity to perfume. There were perfumes that medical staff wore that actually made me vomit. I was so paranoid this was going to be my future but the phenomena passed. I would hate to think I was making anyone feel like that from my perfume and a few weeks as a "super smeller" was more than enough for me.

Dec
22
2016
toothdoc7007
toothdoc7007

yes, i perfume my three mutts. i bought a bottle of ck-9 years ago and still love the fragrance. the dogs, not so much :)

Dec
22
2016
miracleborgtech
miracleborgtech

Great article Dr. Harrison!
1. Yes - like most commenters, my sense of smell is hyper aware. I can even track by smell and analyse components of a smell.
2. Return Tom Ford perfume? Never! Plus his film, Nocturnal Animals was up for all sorts of awards, it would have been fun to wear them while watching!
3. Interesting that Tom Ford Neroli Portofino was the only perfume chosen by Alice Smellie over the oils! Been trying many perfume oils recently, and they are not all created equal. The better quality ones are exquisite! My current favorites are by JoAnne Bassett.
4. Love knowing about where the ingredients come from, which are endangered, what is being done about it! Currently exploring Indian Mysore sandalwood, with vintage Guerlain Samsara the frontrunner!
5. Don't like the idea of perfuming my dog. Their enhanced sense of smell beats our hyperosmia by miles! But there are some things they like - a tiny bit of lavender oil rubbed on their ears during a thunderstorm is calming.

Dec
22
2016
Emma Perpetua
Emma Perpetua

Hyperosmia and "super smeller" are one and the same. Super smellers smell the good and the bad, as the article discusses. "Are you a super smeller? Share your story in a comment below." So that's what happened. Only someone with a particularly acute sense of smell would understand what it's like going out in a world full of powerful odours.

If people don't like the topic, or would prefer people talked about something else, they are under no obligation to read the comments.

Dec
17
2016
Cybernoir
Cybernoir

I have a ridiculously sensitive nose, and began smoking when I was young in defense (but quit while still young). I am convinced that the reason so many noses smoke cigarettes is for the same reason. My family tells endless stories about my childhood nose, some of them too embarrassing to repeat. :) As an infant I would sob inconsolably at unpleasant smells; it took some time for them to understand the cause of my misery. Much of the time, esp. as a child, I found my sensitive nose more of a disability than a superpower.

They used to play parlor tricks whenever they went to the bakery: I had to guess the contents of all boxes of treats. This was especially entertaining at birthday parties when I would sniff the box and pronounce: vanilla cream frosting with a chocolate cake and...sniff sniff.. guava filling! oh yes I did. Now I work in a three-story 80,000 square foot building with a large central atrium, and from my office on the second floor, inside a room within a room, I can still smell when someone wearing patchouli enters.

When I go to the theatre and make my way to my seat as I pass along the aisle, I am playing name that scent as I go along. Nowadays it is mostly okay to have a good nose, but I still avoid bad smells whenever possible. And if you are ever in the subway in Brooklyn in July and you see someone sobbing, well, that could be me...

Dec
16
2016
Scarielle
Scarielle

My smell is weird...

I have allergies and I'm usually not able to smell or taste 70% of the time because of them. But when I can smell, I have super smell. My boyfriend likes to have me guess the ingredients in his liquor just to get blown away I know them all just by smelling them.

It can also make me really nauseous. And I tend not to be as hungry when I'm able to smell. It's a really weird thing. But it makes me really dislike essential oils... Can't wait for that trend to burn out!

Dec
15
2016
lastcenturymodern
lastcenturymodern

i would prefer the term "super smeller" to be reserved for people who can appreciate and critique perfume - hyperosmia just sounds like a miserable nose disorder.

Dec
15
2016
Emma Perpetua
Emma Perpetua

I can smell unwashed hair at the other side of the room. I can smell someone's personal odour after they have had a Gattaca style shower. I don't like other people's personal odours, although occasionally I don't mind my own.

I am celibate, because the smell of men is akin to pig faeces to me.

I do find that a ring of perfumed confidence, and smoking cigarettes, can block out the smell of other humans enough that I can get by. But working as a nurse, my nose is under constant assault!

Dec
15
2016
laura710
laura710

I'm not a super-smeller, but every time I smell burnt wood (which happens when I go to the countryside For example, specially in fall/winter) I immediately feel nauseous. It only happens to me in my family, I don't know why.

Dec
15
2016
Calvini
Calvini

While I don't own a dog (and I understand how they smell sometimes), I'd never put a fragrance on them since their noses are at least 20 times more sensitive.. That's almost animal cruelty!

Dec
14
2016
nettoyant
nettoyant

I have a couple dozen oils from thefragranceshop dot com. But, like Calvini, I use them as a refresher while out or travelling (not liquid) in addition to the original scent because the effect is different.

I would never in a million years put a scent on my dog.

Dec
14
2016
Calvini
Calvini

Yeah the profit of oud is so high it doesn't make sense that the workers look poor as hell..
All these venders sell them more than 10x what they pay for; we really should find a way to skip the middle men.

Dec
14
2016
Calvini
Calvini

They were given TWO bottles of Tom Ford for voting!!? Heck, even if I have to give one back I'd still be chill AF lol

* So turns out they were given his perfumes because Nocturnal Animals were written (screenplay) and directed by Tom Ford himself! What!?

Dec
14
2016
Calvini
Calvini

I don't like perfume oils because they tend to be a bit too rounded and only hovers, sometimes I just want a little bit of kick and projection. Not to mention the time it takes to dry/absorb, which can leave a mess when you have a puddle of oil on your skin. I like the convenience of spray whether it's on clothes or under.

Dec
14
2016
PurpleIris49
PurpleIris49

My mother rarely wore perfume, and complained when in the presence of others who did. She was however, a sublime cook having the gift of sensing and smelling the slightest nuances in the things she cooked and baked. How I miss her, and her wonderful food. She was able to smell things that eluded all of us. I guess it could be hormones, but I always thought that her super smell involved an extra set of sensory neurons in her nose. She was like Ricky and could detect something dirty or spoiled a mile away. She was truly a super nose and a super woman.

Dec
14
2016
redskyatnight
redskyatnight

Let me tell you a story. Latent perfumista (me) marries super smeller (DH). Years go by, perfumista discovers her passion for perfume after pregnancy ignites her sense of smell in a good way, starts trying EVERYTHING, DH starts gagging on a daily basis. Poor guy. With love and consideration she picks scents he actually likes, and he supports her passion. We're a work in progress, but it can be done.

Dec
14
2016
rickyrebarco
rickyrebarco

I am totally a super-smeller. I can walk past someone in the hall and I can tell whether they have been smoking even if I'm not close to them. Normal perfumes smell like monsters taking over buildings to me sometimes. I am awakened by cooking smells in the morning all the time.

I wanted to shut myself in a hermetic room when I was pregnant. Just the smell of beef or eggs cooking and I was ready to hurl. It was tough. The strong smell of cooking made me nauseous and faint at the same time. Whew! But no one gets sick from bad food on my watch. I can smell too old food from across the table. My husband calls me "La Nez" and has me sniff everything for freshness. I am constantly cleaning out the fridge and putting in new baking soda boxes because it smells to me. I can barely wait for the garbage can to fill up it assaults me so much before I empty it. But put me in the room with some freshly ground coffee or chocolate and I start purring!

Dec
14
2016
tandaina
tandaina

I'm afraid I'm someone who does not get perfume oils. Maybe my skin is too dry and sucks them right down? Because I have yet to find one that lasts more than an hour on my skin, after that, gone. :

Dec
14
2016

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