Feature

Citrus cleaner

The lime tree potted in my front yard has started to bare fruit. I picked a ripe lime and carried it to my kitchen for squeezing into a soup. On the way I scratched the rind with my thumb and delighted at its bright, sunny aroma. Later in the day I was cleaning my kitchen with a citrus cleanser. It smelled vaguely like the lime's rind. I decided to compare the odors of these two citrus items and plunked both of them down on the kitchen … [Read More...]

Noteable

Smell impacts first impression

Do your hands smell like onions? Flowers? Nothing at all? Smell manipulates … [Read More...]

Aromatic map of stinkiest block in NYC

What's that stink? is the question that writer Molly Young asks of two olfactory … [Read More...]

Do scented candles cause harm?

Are scented candles harmful? A recent study suggests that cheaper candles made … [Read More...]

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NYTimes: Zinc nasal spray may harm smell

Users of a popular cold remedy have reported damage to the sense of smell, and … [Read More...]

Science

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Septoplasty mutes the Scentinelle

Today I'm undergoing surgery on my nose, a septoplasty to be exact. I have a deviated septum from breaking my nose at least six times … [Read More...]

Policy

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Rise of fragrance free policies across the US

Fragrance free policies have proliferated in the past 10 years in the US, starting in 2001 with the Brigham and Women's Hospital in … [Read More...]

Riffs

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You’re beautiful just the way you are

I was in the car stopped at light. A black Honda Fit pulled up alongside me. The passenger, a middle-aged white man, rolled down his … [Read More...]