Originally Posted by TeeTee
You made some great points but I have to point out that not everyone finds these molecules offensive. I could smell everything you mentioned and I still did not find SM to be vile. I guess it boils down to the individual. I may not be gaga over SM but some folks are and they love it for the exact same reasons you hate it. I personally could not get past what I presume to be their interpretation of blood, that inky metallic note. It really wore me down but I am sure it was heaven for someone else. All in all, SM was not bad and on the right person, it could be fantastic.
Hmm, the reactions mentioned here are considered normal reflexes in humans in response to smells of (old) blood and rotten egg/flesh.... but the folks you mentioned, their emesis centre is either conditioned to these smells and doesn't react or it doesn't acknowledge them as noxious stimuli.
Majority human brains process harbour bilge (rotten flesh)/ blood/rotten egg, curdled milk smells as noxious and for the first two, there is an adrenaline reaction as well. Being a scientist when I mention numbers, I'm talking about the main bulk of population under the Gaussian curve, not the tail ends.
Second, people who can smell them, may not be picking up smells at lower concentration, perhaps they can only smell this stuff in higher conct.
I can tell you about myself and a cohort (n=70) I worked on, that they could smell these notes in very low concentrations and their reactions across the board were tachycardia, sweating and vomiting.
But, if you like it, who am I to tell you otherwise.
And here is to hoping, I won't run into an SM wearer... eveh. :-)
I know of a lady who doesn't smell a thing when it comes to SM except the floral part. Now, would you envy her inosmia or would you pity her?
But, I refuse to believe that smell of blood and rotting flesh is okay.
I deal with smells like SM everyday and it is still not okay.
Those odours are the antithesis of human life.
To each their own.