Posts tagged "smells"

7 Better Ideas For Yankee Candles’ Man Candles Line

Yankee Candle recently released its new line of "Man Candles," which are, you guessed it, candles marketed specifically to men. The scents in the collection include manly favorites such as "MMM, Bacon" and "Riding Mower," but we thought we could come up with some slightly more true-to-life fragrance combinations that encompass the typical dude lifestyle…

New Opera Stinks, Literally

Ever wonder what music smells like? Just ask Christophe Laudamiel and Stewart Matthew, perfumers who are at work creating a "scent opera" called "Green Aria." Except in this case, there are no singers or actors; fragrances serve as the characters. As the listener takes in the original score composed by Valgeir Sigurdsson and Nico Muhly,…

By: Leonora Epstein / May 24, 2009

The Daily Squeeze: Breast Milk At Ben & Jerry’s, Grandma Smells, And Bad Dreams

This sounds too crazy to possibly be true. PETA sent a letter to Ben & Jerry's, urging them to substitute human breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in their products. A spokesperson for Ben & Jerry's responded: "We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a…

By: Catherine Strawn / September 24, 2008

Flashback: Lysol Is Not For Your Ladybits

Did you know Lysol used to advertise itself as appropriate for feminine hygiene? "A man marries a woman because he loves her," the copy for this vintage ad reads. "Instead of blaming him if married love begins to cool, she should question herself.” According to this retro-minded public service message, a woman should "safeguard her…

By: Simcha / September 18, 2008

Your Nose Was A Sexual Organ

Millions of years ago, humans could detect pheromones. We could "smell" each others' genetic material through particular detectors that have since gone dormant now that we can see in color. It seems that this organ, called the vomeronasal organ, is no longer connected to the brain (does this mean those fragrances with pheromones are pointless?).

By: Catherine Strawn / April 28, 2008

Smells Like Trouble

New research from Northwestern University shows that a single negative experience linked to an odor teaches us to discriminate against that and similar-smelling odors. While they discovered this in the lab by shocking research subjects with electricity when exposed to certain scents, I have experienced this firsthand, and I'm sure you have, too. When I…

By: Catherine Strawn / April 1, 2008

Time Magazine’s Romance Issue

Time's current special section, "The Science of Romance," is available online, but if you’re too busy getting busy to read it, here are some highlights: If someone calls you a flirt as an insult, just tell them humans are programmed to do it -- if they’re not a flirt, their programming must be off. Scent…

By: Catherine Strawn / January 24, 2008