Name the losing sense

This is purely hypothetical, but what if you knew you were going to lose one sense as you get older and you could choose it now? Which sense would you pick to lose? … [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...]

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 WSJ.com … [Read more...]

Science Daily: Training improves sense of smell

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

Scentinelle, where are you?

Dear Scentintelle, I'm back from vacation, but you're not. Where are you? Are you coming back? Without you, life is dull. There is so much that I miss. All of those smells! So much complexity and surprise - truly a gift. I am changed because of you. I no longer judge smells as harshly, and … [Read more...]

Some prescription medicines dim sense of smell

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Some of the most common medications used by Americans cause zinc deficiency, including: the blood pressure medicines, called ACE inhibitors; loop diuretics used to treat cardiovascular problems; cholestyramine, which binds to bile acids and lowers cholesterol; oral contraceptives; stomach acid … [Read more...]

You’re beautiful just the way you are

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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 window and flashed me a big grin. He extended his hands toward me, palms up, and shouted, "You're beautiful just the way you are!" He caught my by suprise. I was a … [Read more...]

Most Americans self-conscious of body odor

Most Americans are highly self-conscious of our bodies' natural odors, and we pay dearly to mask them, to the tune of about 2 billion dollars per year in the US.

The Scentinelle has a way of striking family and friends awkward feelings about their body odors. Some have expressed worry or shame that I will think that they stink. Others take precautions before seeing me--like not eating garlic, using mouthwash or applying extra deodorant--and then tell me … [Read more...]

Sofa reeks of beach dogs and corn chips

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I know my couch stinks like wet, sandy dogs. I've needed to wash the cushion covers since before Thanksgiving. I could smell the accumulated wet fur and sand from outside. But then family arrived, we celebrated the holiday and there was no time for that level of house cleaning. So instead of pine … [Read more...]

Questionable leftovers in the fridge

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It's unnerving not to be able to smell if the soup leftover in the fridge is spoiled or not. I don't remember how long it's been in there. Maybe since last week. It looks okay, but I can't smell for sure. What to do? … [Read more...]