I came to an odd realization this morning: I love soap, but I never actually use it on my body. When I get a fancy bar, in fact, I recoil at the suggestion that I would ever actually put it in the shower. It's not that I'm a soap hoarder, or even that I have a problem with using soap to clean yourself up. To see what actually makes my soap usage out of the ordinary, just keep reading.
If you sometimes find yourself with not-so-fresh smelling hair after a night out and no dry shampoo or perfume in sight, maybe you should check out a cute Denman Tutti Frutti fragranced hairbrush ($12 each). The brushes come in a variety of scents, including lemon, strawberry, and coconut, and they're in the brand's classic styling brush shape. I'm not totally sold on strawberry-scented hair, but would you be excited to give one of these a try?
Reading the latest issue of Scientific American, I spotted a fascinating story about human olfaction. Scientists have determined that each of us smells things differently, and that we all have at least one smell "blind spot." Researchers at the University of Dresden are doing an ongoing study on people's olfactory abilities, and it seems the only smell no one is insensitive to so far is citralva, a citrus-scented chemical.
So now we know for certain what anyone who works with perfume has long suspected; people aren't all smelling the same thing. So when your friend loves a perfume, but it smells like creamed corn to you, perhaps it's just because you're both quite literally smelling different notes. I'm really curious now about what scents I can't smell; would you like to know what smells you're insensitive to as well?
The power of scent is indescribably strong. A simple whiff can bring back memories of a special moment or person in your life. Smells can also affect your dreams while you sleep, and the unique way a person smells may play a part in who you choose for a mate. It may also interest you to know that a woman's sense of smell is actually stronger than a man's, especially during the time she ovulates.
Certain scents may also have a way of getting you excited. Maybe it's the sweet aroma of clean skin (or sweaty skin for that matter!) or his freshly washed hair that gets you going. Whatever it is, do tell, what scents put you in the mood for love?
The smell of apple pie always reminds me of my grandmother, who used to make it whenever I came to visit. I'm sure you have certain feelings and memories connected to scents too. And just as they affect us during the day, researchers have found that aromas can influence the emotions we experience when we sleep. Fifteen women in their 20s were part of this dream study. Each had a tube taped to their nostrils and while they slept, one of three scents was pumped through their noses: rotten eggs, roses, and plain air. While they snoozed, their brain activity was monitored. The scientists allowed them to reach REM sleep and after one minute, they woke them up and asked the sleepers to describe what they were dreaming about. The women didn't dream about the specific smells like you might think, but rather when they smelled roses, they had pleasant dreams, and when they smelled rotten eggs, their dreams were just the opposite.
Isn't that interesting? Since a good night's sleep is so important to our health and overall well-being, I'm all for anything that can inspire some delightful dreams, so go out and buy some lovely scented candles or sheet spray for your pillows. Lavender essential oil will also do the trick. Try it, and let us know how it works!
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Meeting another woman who wears your signature perfume scent is like showing up to a party and seeing someone else in the same dress. Though most of us want a scent that's distinctly ours, when anyone can walk into a store and buy the same bottle, it's tough to be unique. One solution: Use a men's cologne instead. I'm not talking about a musky, manly scent like the one your dad wears, but a cleaner, more unisex cologne that can take on a more girly tone when mixed with your body chemistry. A few years ago, I discovered a very unmanly men's cologne that I love, and it has since become my signature. (And no, I'm not telling you what it is!) Here are some scents to sample.
WARM AND CITRUSY
L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme, $50 for a 2.5 oz. bottle, available here.
SPICY AND SUBTLE
Carolina Herrera 212 Men Eau de Toilette, $42 for a 1.7 oz. bottle, available here
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