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A very interesting fact to start off  your thinking. How many different scents can a human nose actually smell and differentiate among? Tens of Thousands? A Million? A Trillion?

What would be your answer?

Actually, the scientists have determined that we are able to smell over a Trillion of different scents! What a huge and seemingly out-of-proportion number! Do we use all trillion scent differentiators? Well, I think we do in the course of life!

Smell is very important in our daily living. It’s not just the ability to smell. It is the ability to navigate through different living experiences and get positively charged and being affected by different smell. Let’s peak into the world of smell and touch upon WHY smell is importance. And WHY you and I could improve the quality of our lives by smelling better!

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  1. CoffeeTime says

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    • Karen Hinkle says

      good morning ladies well to day is a wonderful day 29 yrs ago I gave birth to my first child who had heart problem from birth she had a whole the size of a dime I year later she had open heart surgery today she is pregnant and a very successful business owner boy time flys and yes I do use my smell I love my flowers and all they have to offer

    • Jessica Parent says

      Good morning!! My sense of smell is not non existent but I wouldn’t say it is great either (years of smoking destroyed it I believe :/ ) I do use it to enjoy life (and the smell of my new baby….best scent in the world seconded only by coffee in the morning-lol) I do love smelling flowers too (and fresh fruit)

    • Raye Wiedner says

      My sense of smell is fairly keen. Living in the country, that can be good or bad. It’s lovely when I get a whiff of honeysuckle in the air, even though there is none on my property. It can be terrible when there are skunks nearby lol. This morning, it’s lovely, because I decided to use the weedeater just after sunrise. I love the smell of freshly cut grass.I use aromatherapy a lot, to calm me, or energize me, or just to make me happy.

    • julie ferguson gould says

      Good Morning Everyone. Hope your days are starting off well. I just woke and starting first cup of coffee.. Karen Thank God your daughter is doing Great 🙂 A wonderful reason to smile 🙂 I dont have very good sence of smell. I have been in 2 home fires , years ago. Doctors say that is one of the reasons I have a hard time smelling. Besides the fact that I have terrible allergy problems…………I can smell a fire blocks away though 🙂

      • Karen Hinkle says

        @Julie wow that must have been scary to have to have gone threw that

        • julie ferguson gould says

          Yes Very Luckily I had a dream that my deceased boyfriend had roses delivered to my work. When I smelled the roses in my dream is when it woke me up. I was lucky the fire was in the kitchen at 2 am and I was able to get myself and my 2 children out of the house….Fire Captain said it was a miracle we got out

    • Good Morning! Lovely day here in the Sunshine state!

    • I have a good sense of smell. Certain scents remind me of different episodes of my life.

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      Good morning everyone! I think my sense of smell is pretty good. Nothing like when I was pregnant though! Wow, I was so amazed at what I could smell. It felt almost animalistic! I think I use it to enjoy life 🙂 I especially love the smell of flowers.

    • Good morning all! I have a pretty bad sense of smell,but it is there. My baby’s been sick since Thursday, diarrhea and all and half the time I don’t smell that he’s dirty… poor thing. I say skip the pedialyte – no baby in his right mind will drink the vile stuff and it’s loaded with garbage and all… go straight to chicken soup!!!

      • Raye Wiedner says

        In this case, a bad sense of smell might be a good thing for you. Not so great for baby maybe. I hope he gets better very soon, menu.

    • Virginia Rogers says

      Good Morning all, yes I consider myself to have a good sense of smell, love smelling flowers although rarely get to, lately been wishing was not so great, they laid fertilizer over apts. and smell has been coming in windows for days, hopefully should soon get less strong. 🙂

    • Good morning all. .I think mine is

    • Good morning, You just reminded me to turn my tart warmer on.

    • Cynthia Dubuque says

      Good morning! I have a fairly good sense of smell. I’m always the first to point out particular ones like someone smoking, something burning or a gassy smell in the air. My 4 year old makes me think about the importance of smell. He has Autism and smells EVERYTHING. If he doesn’t like how it smells he won’t eat it or touch it.

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      Good morning all. This is good topic. My mom has no smell and so does my uncle, but my uncle doesn’t from head injury from a motor bike accident. My I am not sure why.

      • Wow..that would be so strange

        • Rebecca Swenor says

          Uncle is also deaf from Vietnam and lost all taste from accident. He was a medic and bomb blow up next to him and he lost his hearing. He can hear a lil with hearing aids. It it is dangerous for every day living without the senses.

    • Smelling everthing was the worst part of pregnancy

    • wendi watson says

      I am very good with my smell…I am very very fortunate

    • Katrina A. says

      Good evening!! Smell is a big deal to me. Certain smells help me relax or take me to my happy place. And on the flip side some smells bother me so bad, like fishy smells, it almost makes me sick.

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  4. CoffeeTime says

    Facts you cannot ignore about smell:

    – Your sense of smell can get tired smelling and sniffing! It’s called “ofactory fatigue.” What to change? Just step out of the zone of predominent smell, i.e., rest your smell machine! – then start smelling again!

    – The same perfume smells different on each individual due to difference in our body chemistry. The mix of salts, proteins and hairs on our skin makes the final result unique as well. That is why you cannot judge by the perfume on your girl-friend whether it would be suitable for you. As your skin chemistry would react differently with the chemicals in the perfume.

    – Women smell sweat better than men!
    When researchers tried to mask body odor with another scent, men’s noses can be fooled 19 our 32 times. Women were only fooled twice!

    – Smells are a strong trigger of memories.
    That is why we love those holidays when we bring in our favorite family foods that remind us of our childhood and most loved people in our lives.

    – Your sense of smell can be negatively affected by smoking and medication. Also, some women reported a stronger sense of smell when they were pregnant.

    – You can train your nose to smell better and identify different smells. Keep a bag of different herbs handy and smell frequently to train yourself to recognize the herbs that are inside. The nose will be trained to pick the separate smells.

    – Smell is closely linked to taste. When you are congested, the food does not taste at all.

    – No, we cannot smell things when we are asleep! However, different scents affect our dreaming process. There are studies that tested how dreams are affected by different smells when they were introduced to a sleeping person.
    girl smelling wild flowers

    • Karen Hinkle says

      wow how interesting what are the smells that make us dream I would like to know that

    • I agree smells can be a strong trigger of memories.

    • I know as I age my sense of smell has gotten better, #AmCoffee

      • Raye Wiedner says

        That’s happening with me too Mary. I thought it was odd, because I’ve found my elderly patients all have deteriorating sense of smell.

    • Raye Wiedner says

      I read a while back, that bad smells can cause nightmares, while sweet smells encourage good dreams. I try to make sure to have sweet smells around our beds because of this.
      I also agree that certain smells can trigger memories. Every time I make bread, I’m instantly transported to my grandmother’s kitchen. Good memories.

      • Karen Hinkle says

        yes cooking and different smells do trigger good and bad memories but I think I love the cooking and sweet smells I cant stand the soapy smells

    • julie ferguson gould says

      Im kinda wanting to disagree that you Dont smell when you are sleeping…..I can be in the middle of a good nights sleep and due to keeping my door open in my bedroom,,,smells will wake me up…especially if it is the smell of smoke or fire…might have to read up more on that one

      • CoffeeTime says

        I was a bit surprised on this one as well. I do have a very sensitive nose. And could be awaken by smells.
        I think it does depend on the person’s sensitivities to smells.

      • Raye Wiedner says

        A couple of years ago, I think I remember seeing an alarm clock that used smells to wake people gently, so that one made me question as well. I don’t know whether the alarm clock got good reviews or not, or whether it’s even still manufactured.

        • I wonder if it didn’t take advantage of people already being slightly awake and therefore taking advantage of that and bringing in a familiar smell to wake them up? but that wouldn’t be a very effective alarm clock for me, to say the least…

          • Raye Wiedner says

            LOL if it smelled like coffee and bacon it might wake me, but then I’d just be grumpy that there was no coffee and bacon waiting! lol

        • Jennifer Hiles says

          @Raye, what an interesting concept. I would love to find the reviews for it to see if it worked! I don’t think I would want to rely on it though. If I can sleep through an alarm, I can probably sleep through that. I wonder how they did that, have a clock that can create odors?

          • Raye Wiedner says

            From what I remember, Jennifer. I believe you had to buy pellets or oils or something for it. So you were basically loading your own scents. It was so long ago, I can’t remember all the details.

      • I just heard about the not smelling while sleeping the other day. .I was thinking the same as you..I feel like I have been woke was smells before

      • Me too

    • Jessica Parent says

      I hate when food tastes like nothing or cardboard when Im sick 😉 I think its cool that scents can affect our dreams-makes me want to experiment with that on my hubby and kids-lol. Wondering what kinds of dreams they can influence.

    • wow, some fascinating facts!! It’s funny because I always knew that bit about the sense of smell influencing taste, but while I can’t stand the smell of banana, I don’t mind the taste. That’s why I will eat banana flavored things but not bananas themselves. I wonder thy that is…

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      How interesting! I like the idea of training yourself to be able to identify different herbs. I always wondered how wine connoisseurs were able to determine what berrries, nuts, etc. was in each different wine. I have a short story about a smell triggering a memory. When my daughter was born, she had to go to the NICU for a respiratory infection. Every day we visited here we had to wash our hands and use hand sanitizer multiple times before entering the NICU. One day, over a year later I was at the Dr. Office and as I normally do, used the hand sanitizer they had sitting out. Immediately I was struck with an overwhelming memory. It brought tears to my eyes. It was the exact same brand that they used in the NICU and all these memories just came flooding back!

      • CoffeeTime says

        One more proof that SMELL and MEMORIES are intricately connected.
        These sad memories were brought back to you.

    • Virginia Rogers says

      That is very neat to know, although do believe the women.s sense over men’s as I smell many things my boyfriend says cannot., also my grandma passed 7 years ago and still always remember the smell of her house, she was a big fan of having many flowers. 🙂

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      When my kids were lil I would give them one of Vince’s shirts to sleep with so they didn’t miss him when he worked out of town. Okay maybe I would wear one to bed too. lol

    • Interesting, Its says you cant smell when your asleep. If someones house is on fire wonder what makes someone wait up, the noise from the firer. Of course I know , a lot of people die from house fires.

    • wendi watson says

      I almost can’t believe that you can’t smell when you are sleeping because then why is it that you wake up from say the smell of bacon or the smell of a grill?

  5. CoffeeTime says


    “Researchers at University of Leeds conducted a study with dieters and non-dieters, and asked each group to smell either oranges or chocolate. They then let the subjects eat as much chocolate as they liked–and dieters who smelled oranges ate a whopping 60% less chocolate than the dieters who smelled chocolate. Interestingly, smelling oranges or chocolate had no effect on non-dieters’ chocolate consumption.

    Researchers believe that smelling a fresh, healthy option like an orange gives “diet cues” that subconsciously guide the dieter’s decision.”

    Next time when you are rushing home and are hungry, before you eat anything, cut up an orange and smell it! Enjoy the aroma, then get to your dinner!
    woman smelling orange

    • That is a good tip. I want to try that.

    • I’m going to try this, and see if it really works, #AmCoffee

    • Raye Wiedner says

      Grapefruit works this way for me. I wonder if it’s all citrus.

    • julie ferguson gould says

      Ok wow I have 3 Orange trees. Im going to start this……….Maybe if I buy some Orange Scented Wax Melts I can use those all through my home to keep us all from eating too much lol

    • Karen Hinkle says

      wow I must try this it would be great to have this work it would be like I will keep a orange with me at all times LOL

      • CoffeeTime says

        There are companies that offer smell cartridges type of products that affect your weight.

        • Raye Wiedner says

          Essential oils might work as well, and it’s easy to carry a small bottle.

          • Jennifer Hiles says

            I’ve really been wanting to learn more about essential oils! I’ve heard such good things.

            • Raye Wiedner says

              Jennifer, I love essential oils, but you do need to make sure it’s good quality products. The cheap ones are just full of chemicals and don’t have all the same benefits imo.

        • Karen Hinkle says

          I will give it a try I am going to get a orange sented candle

    • wonder if this would work for me. I have in the past tried smelling something instead of eating it to give me the satisfaction. Wonder if that backfired really in this kind of way!!

      • CoffeeTime says

        One more thing to remember when you attempt to do something new.
        You need PEACE inside. When you are calm, when you focus on the moment and train yourself to stay with peace within, your body will open up your internal gift –> BEING INTUITIVE.
        Your body will guide you what works for you and in what quantities.
        And you will be more responsive to oranges, too!

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      That is amazing and so interesting. I love learning these little tricks! I’m going to start carrying an orange in my purse!

      • CoffeeTime says

        Actually, you may be hugely surprised how your life will be different after you carry that orange in your purse!
        What you can do is make a small scratch and smell the oils from the peel. Obviously, you’ll need to replenish your purse with fresh oranges. But what you will discover that your purse will smell like oranges pretty soon!
        A natural way to control your appetite!

    • Virginia Rogers says

      Wow that is very interesting to know, definitely going to have to try!! 🙂

    • Good tip..we love oranges. .its hard to keep them in the house. .its one of my favorite smells

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      This is so true because some times you just have to smell it instead of eating it. I would do that when working in the deli. It can work the other way also. I will not eat anything with mayo or vinegar smell. I can’t stand the taste. It is because my sister and our friend made me drink apple cider vinegar when I was younger by telling me it was apple juice. Got to love the big sisters. lol

    • I guess I should buy more orange flavored tarts for me candle warmer. lol

    • wendi watson says

      i love the smell of oranges they are refreshing and revitalizing to me! need a candle with that scent!

  6. CoffeeTime says


    Source: American Chemical Society, 2009

    When feeling stressed and irritated, smell something that you like: herbs, flowers, soothing lavender.

    Scientists attribute a reduced level of stress to a chemical Linalool, a fragrant substance within many plants and plant oils. When inhaled, Linalool reduces stress-activated Neutrophils and Lymphocytes (2 types of white blood cells) in the body to near-normal levelss. It also restrained the activity of more than 100 genes that go into overdrive during stressful situations.

    The saying STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES is up to the very point that we must smell plants and flowers to keep our stress level where it needs to be –> at bay!

    woman smelling gardenia

    • I have tried Lavender spray to help reduce stress and induce sleep, I love the smell of roses too #AmCoffee

    • Raye Wiedner says

      Since stress can cause inflammation in the body, this is a really important tip. Stress also tends to keep us from losing weight (or maintaining our weight), it seems that would make it important for our health in that way too.

    • julie ferguson gould says

      I use Febreeze and Laundry soap thats lavender . I also love the baby lotions that have the lavender scent to them….

    • It really works!

    • Karen Hinkle says

      I agree it works I love my candles and we have a new banana scent out that is just so sweet I love it but they all are great I burn candles all day long and bring my fresh cut flowers in to enjoy them thay do put me in a better mood

      • Karen Hinkle says

        Ladies I just started selling Hidden Treasure Candles thay are out of this world so if you are interested I will give you my link to my page

        • when you comment, if you do the last option on the form “website” as your page, it will link when we click on your name. For example, click on my name – it will link to my facebook page…

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      How very interesting once again. I’ve never heard of Linalool before but so happy to learn about it. I’ve read that Lavender had soothing results but now I know why.

    • My favorite is mandarin and cedarwood – it really melts stress and my married name is Ceder so that works for me. It’s hard to find though. But I’m guessing it would help the diet 😛

      • Raye Wiedner says

        Menu, I seem to find cedar candles and essential oils more in fall and winter (for the holidays). Maybe you could look then and stock up if you find them.

        • I like the way it mixes with with mandarin for a woodsy-fruity feel. I could probably mix it up myself

          • Raye Wiedner says

            Now that you mention it, at Christmas, I often make garlands with cedar from my property, and sliced oranges. I do love that smell. I should use it more than just for the holidays. It’s a happy scent for me.

    • Virginia Rogers says

      That definitely makes sense just as flowers for some like me I find candle scents relaxing thus reducing stress!! 🙂

    • Good tip..I know when there is something stinky in the house and I cant find it and I keep smelling it, it makes me angry and stressed

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      I believe this because that is why I love scented candles because it can change how you feel.

    • never made the connection between scents and things like fabric softner, room sprays.

    • wendi watson says

      i do love the smell of roses and i do smell the flowers always

  7. CoffeeTime says


    In one study they found that pleasant smells like flowers led to pleasant dreams. On the other hand, smelling sulfur led dreaming with negative dreams.

    Though we cannot control what we smell during our sleep cycle, those activities in the house, like cooking, for example, or a multitude of flowers in the room, could lead our dreams to take a certain path.

    Lesson learned –> making sure that we have a pleasantly smelling room when we go to sleep!
    woman smelling yellow flower

  8. CoffeeTime says

    As we are talking about leveling stress with pleasant smells, here’s a post with some more POINTERS to a less stressful life.
    Very simple ways, but as we know by now —> WE NEED REMINDERS!
    Let’s refresh for a moment, just one full moment, what we can and should do during the day to keep our COOL!

    Just GLANCE at this post to get the VISUAL SNAP of titles. Your brain will register the information you’ll benefit from.
    That’s another technique to empower our brain to be more effective and more knowledgeable! But we’ll have a separate conversation on this topic!
    woman smelling pink flower

    • Raye Wiedner says

      Good reminders for all of us, especially when life gets hectic and harried.

    • I do my best to keep my stress levels down, I live very close to the Atlantic Ocean, and nothing takes my mind off my problems like some fresh sea air, even a short walk can help clear my mind and put things into prospective. #AmCoffee

    • Good tips.

      • Karen Hinkle says

        I love the stop and smell the roses and I have used the gum one to they are all great I must try to practice them to help with some of my stress but the chiropractor helps me a lot with this

        • In the past I’ve chewed so much gum to relieve stress that my jaw ached. Nowadays I seem to have forgotten about that one!

    • julie ferguson gould says

      I always feel better when I am outside No doubt about it. Even if I am just standing around and watching and listening to the birds , cats, dogs anything to distract me from what is stressing me out 🙂 I love the beach but when I am not able to go there. Just being out in the fresh air works wonders for sure 🙂

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      I’ve heard the saying “Attitude is Everything” and I find myself thinking about that often. It’s so amazing how just looking at something differently (more positive) can affect how you feel. I love that positive thinking can lead to faster recovery from injury and illness! I’ve always thought that to be true just from experience.

      • Raye Wiedner says

        I couldn’t agree more Jennifer. I call it an attitude of gratitude. I keep a gratitude journal and write 5 things I’ve been grateful for each day.

        • Jennifer Hiles says

          @Raye, what a wonderful idea. I should try something like that.

          • Raye Wiedner says

            Jennifer, it’s very easy at first, of course we all put our family, our homes, etc. But after a while, when you’re trying not to repeat, it forces you to notice the tiny little every day blessings. For instance, I already know my first for the day was seeing dew sparkling on a spiderweb as the sun came up. It looked like diamonds. Second was the smell of cut grass and feeling of accomplishment to have the weed eating done by 7 a.m.

    • I’m all for chocolate!!

    • Virginia Rogers says

      Great reminders I work daily on the glass-half-full approach with my health 🙂

    • I try I turn the negative into positive especially here lately with my husband being out of work

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      I wonder if that is why I chew gum all the time when I am going to talk to someone about things or when I am going to the doctors.

      • Raye Wiedner says

        @Rebecca, my algebra teacher in college told those of us who were anxious about tests, to use peppermints before and during the tests. It was to calm us, and yet also help us focus and concentrate. If you’re using mint gum, it might have the same calming effect. The chewing itself can redirect physical stress. Smart idea!

    • wendi watson says

      been through a very lot lately and sometimes the only way to get the calming effect is to go to nature and take in the quietness and the piece fullness of what is serene

  9. CoffeeTime says


    Source: fifth sense

    In addition to being the sense most closely linked to memory, smell is also highly emotive. The perfume industry is built around this connection, with perfumers developing fragrances that seek to convey a vast array of emotions and feelings; from desire to power, vitality to relaxation.

    On a more personal level, smell is extremely important when it comes to attraction between two people. Research has shown that our body odor, produced by the genes which make up our immune system, can help us subconsciously choose our partners.

    Kissing is thought by some scientists to have developed from sniffing; that first kiss being essentially a primal behavior during which we smell and taste our partner to decide if they are a match.

    It is likely that much of our emotional response to smell is governed by association, something which is borne out by the fact that different people can have completely different perceptions of the same smell. Take perfume for example; one person may find a particular brand ‘powerful’, ‘aromatic’ and ‘heady’, with another describing it as ‘overpowering’, ‘sickly’ and ‘nauseating’. Despite this, however, there are certain smells that all humans find repugnant, largely because they warn us of danger; the smell of smoke, for example, or of rotten food.
    WOMAN smelling flowers in the field

    • Karen Hinkle says

      oh yes ican not were perfume it make me sick and I get migraine from them some ppl where to much I cant even go to enclosed places with ppl who were perfume I will start a reaction of coughing and end up with a migraine

    • Jennifer Hiles says

      I love how intuition takes over when it comes to things like smell. From choosing a mate to abhoring bad smells. All of this is so very interesting. I know how smelling your significant other’s or friend’s shirt can bring back a flood of memories. Especially if you’ve recently lost that person. I remember cleaning out a friends home after they passed away and the smells were almost too much to bear.

    • Raye Wiedner says

      I find that info about kissing to be very interesting. I definitely can understand that too. I could be blindfolded, and still tell which of my family members or friends is nearest me, even if they’re straight out of the shower.

    • I love the smell of smoke!! but I am a bit of a pyromaniac… My favorite is the smell of my baby it’s something that just brings up all the love and emotion I feel for him.

    • julie ferguson gould says

      I love the smell of my wife. Thats all I can say about that 🙂

    • Virginia Rogers says

      So true can definitely relate, my aunt loves very strong perfumes, sometimes when I get in her car it is almost breath taking as way too strong for me but she loves them. I myself like lighter cleaner scents. Same with men would rather smell a clean man than a man with a bottle of cologne on. 🙂

    • I have a favorite I have bought my husband since high school. There is something about it…em
      There are some I can’t wear, they are just to pungent. .I feel like im having hot flashes when I wear them..like Victoria Secrets dream angel heavenly

    • Rebecca Swenor says

      I can honestly say that is one of the things that attracted me to Vince was his smell. Okay and the fact that he looked Italian. lol

    • wendi watson says

      i hate the smell of spoiled food! it makes me not want to do anything or be around food every ughhh

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