This might sound like common scents: but the aroma of breakfast is a man’s favourite smell, while for women it is a newborn baby, according to the latest research.
And another survey claims you can tell where a girl is from by her choice of perfume. Here’s a list of interesting facts about our sense of smell.
– You can smell as fresh as a daisy every month and your scent cells are renewed every 28 days, so every four weeks you get a new “nose”.
– Smell is the most sensitive of the senses. People can remember smells with 65 per cent accuracy after a year, while visual recall is about 50 per cent after three months. Studies show that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell which is linked to pleasure, well-being, emotion and memory – handy when you want people to buy your products. One of the most evocative smells from childhood is crayons.
– The sense of smell gets bored easily. When entering a bakery or florist you are very aware of the aroma but by the time you reach the check-out you will no longer be able to smell the different aromas around you.
– The sense of smell is the first of all our senses to develop. Even before we are born, our sense of smell is fully formed and functioning.
– A woman’s sense of smell is much stronger than a man’s. It is heightened even more in the first half of the menstrual cycle and reaches its peak when she is most fertile.
– The sense of smell peaks when we are in our late teens and begins a gradual decline. People who have an impaired ability to smell, and therefore taste, tend to follow diets that are less healthy.
– You can smell things better in the spring and summer, due to the additional moisture in the air. For the same reason, it is also stronger after exercise, which also increases the moisture in the nasal passage.
– Humans have five to six million odour detecting cells but that is nothing compared to the animal kingdom. Rabbits have 100 million and a dog 220 million.
– Forget fingerprints or CCTV, perspiration could be the big thing for crime busting in future. Israeli chemists say the food we eat, drugs we take, gender and even state of mind, all combine to make each person’s sweat unique. Dr Michael Gozin, of Tel Aviv University’s School of Chemistry, and his team are breaking down the components of human sweat as a new kind of ID, saying each person has his or her own chemical fingerprint.
– While humans each have a favourite smell, so do animals. Lions like the smell of mint and camels like tobacco.
– As it turns out, the phrase wake up and smell the coffee is more true than you would imagine. When you are asleep, your sense of smell shuts down. You can smell only the coffee after you have woken up.