Fragrance makes nightclubbers party harder

Music and lights are the typical mood modifiers found in nightclubs, but fragrances improve patrons moods, perception of a club and may inspire them to dance more, according to a recent study from the University of Delft in the Netherlands reported on The fragrances tested by the scientists … [Read more...]

Aromatic map of stinkiest block in NYC

What's that stink? is the question that writer Molly Young asks of two olfactory experts, Chandler Burr and Avery Gilbert, as they sniff around the Lower East Side on Broome Street between Allen and Eldridge, the area she calls the smelliest block in New York City. The humorous results were … [Read more...]

Do scented candles cause harm?

Are scented candles harmful? A recent study suggests that cheaper candles made from paraffin wax, a by-product of the petroleum industry, emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which may trigger asthma and allergy attacks, according to The Daily Mail. … [Read more...]

Dogs sniff differences in identical twins

When parents and DNA tests can't tell twins apart, a highly trained German Shepherd might be able to, according to an online article in National Geographic. … [Read more...]

Smell impacts first impression

Do your hands smell like onions? Flowers? Nothing at all? Smell manipulates mood, and therefore, influences a first impression, which might be critical for a job interview or business meeting, according to researchers Nicole Hovis and Theresa White of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Details about … [Read more...]

Man lost smell, then taste

Jason Feifer lost his sense of smell as a child, and shortly afterward, his sense of taste. To him, "vanilla is chocolate is peanut butter is custard." He shows us what it's like to dine in a resturant without these senses at Men's Health. … [Read more...]

Contraceptives erase natural odor signals

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests birth control pills and other chemically-based contraceptives erase natural odor signals that help primates select a mate. Now it appears that both men and women are effected, according to a blog entry by Shirley Wang at … [Read more...]

Science Daily: Training improves sense of smell


Most people with a great sense of smell aren't born with it. Rather, they learn … [Read more...]

NYTimes: Zinc nasal spray may harm smell


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

Island Scene: Smell loss important signal


A loss of sense of smell could signal a more serious health condition, such as … [Read more...]