I have worked in the mental health field for 26 years, so am fascinated with the psychology of scent. Smell is one of the most emotion producing senses. It evokes strong emotional memories. Evolutionarily, to smell an enemy or potential mate before anyone else did ensured the continuance of your DNA. I have noticed that I tend to like fragrances that follow certain themes ie citrus, or green botanics. Looking at some of your "top 10 lists" I also see patterns. I wonder if it is related to scent memory of childhood, or just what our pleasure center responds to. It works the other way also. We avoid rotten food smell because it could make us sick. I usually dislike musk based smells, while some folks love them. I recently found a brand of lip balm that my mother had given me 40 years ago as a child. I bought it an when I put it on, nearly cried from the nostalgia of it's scent/taste. Powerful emotion! Any thoughts/comments?
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6/16/12 at 3:37am