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How to Reset Your Sense of Smell
When you're trying to find a new signature scent, it's important to be able to smell the fragrances clearly. However, after smelling more than a few perfumes, your sense of smell, or olfactory palate, can become overwhelmed and it can be difficult to distinguish one fragrance from another so it's important to know how to reset your nose smell!
There are many reasons why you might want to layer fragrances. Perhaps you want to create a signature scent that is all your own. Or maybe you want to experiment with different smells to see what works best for you. Layering fragrances can also be a great way to add depth and dimension to a fragrance that might otherwise be too light or too heavy.
Olfactory pyramid explained
The world of fragrance is vast and complex, but understanding the basics of how perfume is structured can help you choose a scent that's perfect for you. At the core of every fragrance is the olfactory pyramid, a system of categorising a perfume's ingredients by their strength and longevity.
What is fragrance sillage?
Sillage, pronounced "see-yahzh", is the French word for "wake", like the wake of a ship in the water. In the perfume world, it refers to the scent trail that a perfume leaves behind as it evaporates. Heavier scents will have more noticeable sillage, while lighter scents will have less.
Our emotional reliance on fragrance
Did you know that smell is the only sense that is directly linked to the limbic system? The limbic system is responsible for processing emotions and creating memories. This explains why certain smells can trigger powerful emotions and memories.
Fragrance formulations explained
In this post, we’re going to break down the five main types of fragrance – eau de toilette, eau de parfum, extrait de parfum, eau de cologne, and eau fraiche – and explain what distinguishes each one.