Do you like to wear fragrance? Or are you an au natural kind of human?
Do you go for perfume, parfum, eau de cologne, cologne, eau de toilette, eau fraiche, after shave, essential oils? Soap and water? Deodorant and go? Do you prefer fragrance notes that are fresh, or floral, or Oriental, or woody?
I (pauses to roll eyes) prefer a complex fragrance with distinctive top, heart, and base notes. My current favorite has notes of Japanese cedar, asahi zuru maple, hinoki, incense, patchouli, leather, sawara cypress, iris, and treemoss (or at least that is what it said on the website). Alternatively, I like simple vanilla scents.
When my son was in middle school, he and three of his buddies were upstairs getting ready for a dance. When they opened the door, my eyes burned and my throat closed from the all-encompassing scent of four boys engulfed in Axe Body Spray, sure to hide teenage boy funk and to entice 13-year-old girls (if they could breathe near the boys).
Scent can trigger memories. “The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. Those with full olfactory function may be able to think of smells that evoke particular memories; the scent of an orchard in blossom conjuring up recollections of a childhood picnic, for example.”
And according to actual scientific research the top three scents preferred by men are, in order, vanilla, doughnut, and black licorice. For women, the top three are vanilla, peppermint, and sandalwood.
How about you? Do wear scent? Do you eschew fragrance? Do you have allergies that make you scent avoidant? Do you have scent triggers? Share your thoughts, if you please!