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Is your sniffer snoozing?

26 August, 2016
Is your sniffer snoozing?
Did you start off loving the fragrance you chose for your establishment but now you can't smell it and you are wondering why?

There is an actual scientific terminology for this phenomenon, olfactory fatigue. So it is not something you are imagining and your scenting solution is still working but this is the reason you may not be smelling your specialized fragrance.

"Olfactory fatigue, also known as odor fatigue or olfactory adaptation, is the temporary, normal inability to distinguish a particular odor after a prolonged exposure to that airborne compound. For example, when entering a restaurant initially the odor of food is often perceived as being very strong, but after time the awareness of the odor normally fades to the point where the smell is not perceptible or is much weaker. After leaving the area of high odor, the sensitivity is restored with time."
- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS INTERESTING SENSE OF AFFAIRS, SEE THE FOLLOWING:

Have you ever put on cologne or perfume in the morning, then after a little while you don't notice the smell any longer? This is called olfactory fatigue.
Read more: https://cellingscience.wikispaces.com/scent+vs+time

"Your sense of smell, Dr. Hirsch explains, is very good at adapting to environments and creating a new normal. For instance, if you walk into a room that smells like fresh-baked cookies that cookie smell will make itself known. Like showing up to a friend's party and there's Beyoncé, just hanging out. Smell has a presence. Enticing, dominant scent personalities want your undivided smell attention right when you walk into that room. Stay in the room for a bit, though, and you and cookies become good buddies, casually chatting--sometimes you even forget it's there with you. And if you leave and return to the room, all over again, like a new relationship, you are still going to love that cookie-smellin' space. But you needed that one trip outside to be reminded about just how much you love the smell of cookies. Your nose was introduced to a new scent perspective when you left, which changed your scent norm."

 
Sources
"Odor Fatigue."" Odor Fatigue. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012.
http://www.macalester.edu/academics/psychology/whathap/ubnrp/smell/odor.html
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/08/why-cant-you-smell-your-own-home.html
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