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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Words of wisdom on "olfactory fatigue"

    @OlfactoryExperience - Unfortunately, cross posting the same post in different places is against the site rules, so we'll merge this thread with the one in which you posted earlier & delete the duplicate post.

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    Same concept of not smelling that smell every home had, unique to the individual or family living there. Guests smell it and if the owners leave for long periods of time and come back, they too smell it, until again enveloped by it on a daily basis for several hours a day...

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  3. #33

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    Olfactory Fatigue is a challenging topic to discuss. There isn't a smoking gun, so to speak. It's hard to say "Do this and you'll get over it," especially since the "Do this" advice will be too difficult for most perfume connoisseurs.

    Because I am who I am, I'll begin this with a story.

    Years ago, I only wore one scent: Curve. I never really thought about perfume back then. It was just something I'd spray on and forget about. In fact, I could barely smell it minutes after application. I just assumed that was normal. I started dating a woman who was allergic to perfume. In my entire life, I've only met two people who had allergies that bad. I cut all the way back to one spray, but as soon as we got close, she started getting watery eyed, and then she sneezed. That was the last time I wore fragrance while we dated. I even bought scent-free laundry detergent and soap. I love perfume, but come on... perfume or a woman? I choose the woman!!!

    We only dated for a month and a half, and I'm sure you can guess what the first thing I did after we broke up was. I pulled out my bottle of fragrance and put on 4 sprays... and holy crap smelled like I was bathing in the stuff!!! But why?

    I'd unintentionally cured myself of olfactory fatigue.

    The cells that give you your sense of smell are renewed every 28 days. So, the way to get over olfactory fatigue is to go as scent free as possible for at least a month.

    But why do we get olfactory fatigue in the first place? A major part of it is due to a subconscious self defense mechanism. Basically, your brain is always picking up on things that are out of place and potentially harmful, and it starts to ignore things that are either constant or at least safe. Ever wonder how people can live next to a rail line and not even notice it anymore? Same concept. People say they "get used to it," but really, getting used to it means sensory fatigue. It's subconscious. Sadly, for perfume, the sensory fatigue - olfactory fatigue - is you getting used to something you love instead of something annoying, but the end result is the same. Your brain starts ignoring it.

    That probably sounds like a bunch of B.S., so I'll give you a way to prove that it's the truth. Hang out at a gas station for a while and see how long it takes before you don't even notice the smell. It doesn't take as long as you think. After a while, it's like it's not even there. Next, get a little gasoline and give it to a friend along with a piece of cloth. Tell your friend to wet the cloth with the gasoline and put it somewhere out of view in your living room. Tell the friend to do this sometime over the next month so you won't know when to expect it. It won't matter. You'll find it almost instantly even though you're not looking for it.

    The problem with trying to fight against olfactory fatigue is that, by wearing more perfume, you increase your olfactory fatigue. You make it worse because you unintentionally teach your nose (and your brain, really) to ignore more and more of it. IT'S ALSO WHY PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN REALLY LOUD ENVIRONMENTS AND LISTEN TO LOUD MUSIC TEND TO BE SUCH LOUD PEOPLE. THEY'RE USED TO EVERYTHING BEING SO LOUD THAT LOUD ISN'T LOUD TO THEM ANYMORE. Years ago, I worked with a guy who was such a frigging shouter. It took me a while to realize he had no idea how loud he was.

    I realize almost nobody here would be willing to give up perfume for a full month, but the results are wild. After I did, when I started wearing perfume again, it was like everything was new. Not only did I notice all sorts of nuances and details I'd never noticed before in perfume, I also noticed them everywhere around me more than I ever had before. Bread smelled better. Flowers smelled better. All sorts of scents were in a spring breeze that I'd never noticed before.

    Think back to when you went to the doctor for a physical and he or she hit just below the knee with that rubber hammer thingamabob. What did you do? Your leg kicked a bit, right? Did you do that on purpose? Of course not. It's a reflex. And what are reflexes? They're subconscious actions. Olfactory fatigue is subconscious too. Wearing more and more perfume in order to fight it is like having the doctor hit your knee harder. It creates a bigger reaction - and for olfactory fatigue, the reaction is to ignore the stimuli - the smell. Sucks, don't it?
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    ^ I wish I could give you thumbs up or something

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    Since getting more serious about fragrances about 2 years ago, I have built my collection from maybe 3 to about 30 now...and, of course, in searching for the bottles that I own, I have sampled and smelled hundreds to thousands of other just about everyone on this site. I enjoy reading other peoples reviews, and the thing that has always bugged me is when people say that a fragrances lasts about 10 minutes and then poof it's gone. I have NEVER smelled or sampled a fragrance that lasts only 10 minutes. AND for people to say that it is COMPLETELY gone in 10 minutes is absurd. The weakest fragrances that I have had experience with still last AT LEAST 3 hours, and even after that it may be extremely weak, but it still lingers for a while longer. That's what has led me to believe that way too many people that are into fragrances are killing the experience by over applying that is killing their noses.

    Maybe I have a sensitive nose, but I think it's more that I usually spray 1-2 sprays, 3 being my max and that's with only using my weakest frags that I spray 3. I smell all of my fragrances for about the whole day. I'm always baffled when I read reviews about fragrances that I own when people say that they don't last at all...because, frankly, they do. I really have a hard time believing that it has a lot to do with skin chemistry or skin type, I just think that people are killing their sense of smell.

    I do think Olfactory Fatigue exists, yes, but I don't think it makes it so you can't smell it at all, I believe it can make you smell it less, yes, but I don't think it completely shuts your nose down to that fragrance. But I do believe it happens more often to people that spray in a way that the whole world can smell them.

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    Kinda on topic, has anyone else noticed that fragrances that you DON'T WANT to smell seem to last forever, even if they are known as poorly performing? For example, if I've used one of my lower-longevity scents and wanted to switch it up later on in the day without having time to shower, invariably the original scent will still be there even though it should be long gone.

    Another example happened recently, as I was in a Sephora and decided to sniff Gucci Made to Measure. Somehow, the nozzle leaked all over my fingers. I did not particularly enjoy the smell, so the SA gave me multiple alcohol swabs that were supposed to get rid of the scent... I must have used close to 10 of those things to wipe my fingers, yet I could still detect the damn scent coming off my fingers 5+ hours later! And I see this one rated as POOR longevity and sillage on fragrantica!

    I guess it makes sense, as unpleasant/offensive scents must trigger some warning system in our brains while pleasant ones are discarded sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Hey OlfactoryExperience,

    You just pretty much confirmed what I wrote earlier on this topic. I cut down from multiple sprays to 2-3 and find that this is not only plenty good for me, but I'm also much more sensitive to fragrances and scents and can pick up better on individual notes. Sensory overload is what many people suffer because of overspraying and I completely agree with your biomedical explanation of this phenomena.

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    Agree with Remic... read about folks who hammer on 8 sprays of Fahrenheit and can"t smell smell it after 2 hours, and then cry about its nothing like the Vintage. Willing to bet if they just sprayed one to the chest that wouldn't be the case. They would enjoy the fragrance all day and experience its awesomeness.
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  8. #38

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    I find it helps to have a scent free day occasionally. After that, I find I can perceive fragrance better.
    this tip is a good one! Not overdoing a scent as well, alternating different scents too. Also you could wear scents you hate: no way you'll fatigue to those. The brain then will probably sensitisize instead of habituate.
    Xazirri, discovering the 'mad and magic' world of perfumery

  9. #39

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    I'm actually having big issues with projection and longevity with Habit Rouge EDP. I spray on three sprays two to the chest and one to my lower arm and I can hardly smell it. It seems to become a skin scent after 30min and be gone in three or so hours. I can pick up very gentle wafts here and there but for a EDP it seems to be awful in the projection department. I mean I have weak aftershaves that project more than Habit Rouge EDP.

    Though I don't know if it's olfactory fatigue or the scent. Will have to test more.

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    Could be the scent as well (reformulation) especially if you didn't had it before with that scent. I find my edt of Habit rouge quite tenacious. This one was purchased about 10 years ago. I also find it a bit difficult to wear, so maybe that'll make it more apparent to my nose.
    Xazirri, discovering the 'mad and magic' world of perfumery

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    I think olfactory fatigue may be related to stress. Many frags that I thought were very weak when I was going through a stressful period a few years ago now seem amazingly intense. Also, I have noticed that certain frags (LIDGE is one) cause OF when I first apply them, but 10 or 20 minutes later I begin to notice the fragrance again.

    To evaluate a new frag or revisit an old one, don't do it in the 'noisy' atmosphere of a department store or perfume shop; do it at home on a day off, when you don't have anything on your 'to-do' list. If you have a bath or shower, use only light or unfragranced soap, shampoo, lotions etc. Relax for a few minutes. Then, spray your frag *very lightly* on the back of your hand. A misty application, not a wet one--the kind where you wave your arm through a cloud. If it seems too light to smell, just wait a few minutes. A few minutes later, you will begin to notice wafts coming from your hand. You may be surprised how intense a light application can be. Once you are tuned into the frag on this level, it will be easier to pick up the fragrance after a slightly heavier application. I generally do not use 'wet' applications, and usually only three--one to the neck/throat area and one to the back of each hand, or sometimes just one hand. You can always reapply if it starts fading out in a few hours. I also like the more 'distant' spots like the legs or back of the neck. (Edited for clarity)
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    Glad I read some of these. Maybe I'll try going without a fragrance for a day. Maybe it'll help.
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    for me i suffer sometimes from olfactory fatigue and when i do i simply stop using fragrances for maybe a day or two and begin using them again and i could smell the fragrance much better than before also i always rotate i never wear the same fragrance twice a day or for two days on row

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsuzumi View Post
    I think olfactory fatigue may be related to stress.
    Absolutely. That makes perfect sense.

    During times of stress, one's brain becomes hyper-sensitive to things it thinks are a threat (worries, problems, etc), and by that I mean subconsciously. So, yeah, it makes perfect sense that it's likely to pay less attention to, or even ignore, things it determines to not be threatening.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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