Basenotes Scratch & Sniff

01st April, 2019

If you have a monitor or device made in the last three years you may be able to take advantage of our new Scratch ’n’ Sniff technology.

Each supported fragrances page in the fragrance directory now features a scratch ’n’ sniff panel. Simply scratch the panel, and your device will emulate an approximation of the fragrance.

Some of the Basenotes Scratch & Sniff test group, last year

How does it work?

Similar to an optical illusion, the technology works by tricking the brain into thinking it is receiving a smell. The screen will display a moving image, invisible to the naked eye, which sends messages to the part of the brain known as the olfactory bulb. Provided you have previously smelt the ingredients of the fragrance, your brain will be able to recreate the smell. The more things you have smelt in your life time, the more accurate the recreation will be.

Other uses for the technology include immersive experiences in video games and movies. Later in the year Instagram are incorporating a version that lets you smell the meals posted by hipsters on instagram.


The fragrance page I am on doesn’t have a scratch ’n’ sniff panel

The majority of older and discontinued fragrances do not currently work with the new technology as the fragrances are no longer available to create the samples from. We are working on this, by sourcing older fragrances to use for the system, so stay tuned.

How do I know If my device supports the latest technology?

The system currently works on the following devices:

Please note that the technology is not available in all regions. Please click here to run an automated check to see if you can use this technology on your device.

  • Apple
    • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max.
    • Any iPad Pro
    • iMac Pro
    • MacBook Air with Retina display (2018)
    • Any MacBook Pro with TouchBar
  • Samsung
    • Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus
    • Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, Notebook 9, Notebook 7 Spin, Notebook Flash, Notebook Odyssey Z, Notebook Odyssey
    • Samsung Space Monitor
  • Google
    • Pixel 3XL
  • Other supported monitors
    • BenQ PD3200U
    • AOC Agon AG352UCG6
    • Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
    • Acer Predator X34
    • Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

Any other problems?

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About the author: Grant Osborne

Grant Osborne is the founder and editor of Basenotes. Grant has two children, and a dependence on tea, haribo and bacon.



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      • phaartje | 1st April 2019 15:14

        You had me there for a second!

      • epapsiou | 1st April 2019 15:27

        Had to upgrade to Pixel 3 but worth it.

        I had Aventus up on the phone and my coworkers got a whiff of it.

        Well to make a long story short the janitor will be sweeping a lot of panties off the floor tonight.

      • Hazel5 | 1st April 2019 15:52

        Chanel no. 5 comes through loud and clear.

      • | 1st April 2019 16:20

        It's so comforting that Rick Astley has still not given up on me.

        Also: whose 4/1 joke was phaartje?

        (For later comparison: 543,999,257 rickrolled views as of 1 April 2019, 15:18 GMT)

      • Kaern | 1st April 2019 16:28 tricking the brain into thinking it is receiving a smell.

        Similar to Molecule 1 then?

      • Fragrant Vagrant | 1st April 2019 16:37

        Bah! All I'm getting is the re-formulated versions of the fragrances I want.

      • hednic | 1st April 2019 16:50

        That was a good one for the day!

      • Dinopi | 1st April 2019 17:48

        April 1st and you got me :p

      • Diamondflame | 2nd April 2019 09:28

        LOL, I knew something was up when I ‘smelled it’ before I scratched anything...

      • Hayling | 2nd April 2019 09:45

        Holy... hahaha you almost got me!

      • rum | 2nd April 2019 10:22

        I am offended that iPhone 6 and 6S aren't supported!!

      • xaml | 2nd April 2019 14:14

        I like that this is tasteful, that the bottom line does not seem to be placed the highest here and that in the underlying conversation with data, this has been explained to it.

      • Pheusinger | 5th April 2019 10:26

        Am i the only one who only smells Drakkar Noir?

      • jujy54 | 7th April 2019 14:54

        Hey, Grant, that was tots brillz! We should be grateful that Gogle hasn't figured out how to coopt scent!

      • Ken_Russell | 8th April 2019 12:01

        Even if it would have been for real, would have still first and foremost blamed the absence of any scents on lacking the Iphone/non-Apple smart phone/software in general etc. sort of updates, features and such

      • kbe | 6th July 2019 13:03

        Worked on my z300m Asus touchscreen Zenpad. Smelled like an old Chan Worthy's knickers..

      • InTheIvy | 4th August 2019 08:37

        This is so weird; my computer now has the aroma of tea, Haribo, and bacon.