Less scent, better sense of smell?

Most people I know like to keep a constant aroma in their home by candles or by air fresheners.  However, being in constant contact with fragrances, even natural ones, simply overwhelms me. In my studio and living space, I try to keep scents at a minimum.  Often I don’t even wear my own perfumes, but whether or not I do, I keep all other products that I wear as fragrance-free as possible.

Keeping the scents in my home at a minimum also helps me in my perfume blending. Being in a scented environment would dull my ability to evaluate essential oils and perfume blends.

I think a big part of why I seem to have such a sensitive nose is that I’m starting with a “clean slate.”

Just by removing scents from your environment, you can improve your ability to detect scents and all their nuances. Here are a few ways:

Cleaning up your laundry

  • Switch your laundry soap to a free and clear type.
  • Replace your softener with a cup of plain white vinegar. Fresh, soft laundry with no scent!
  • Don’t use dryer sheets. They are heavily fragranced and the chemicals in them can be irritating.
  • It usually takes 2 or 3 washings of clothing that has been previously washed with scented detergents and softeners.

Clean up your home

  • Get rid of air fresheners and scented candles. Even when these are turned off or not in use, these items emit a smaller amount of their scent.
  • Stop using deodorizing sprays. You know the ones–they’re supposed to remove scents or disinfect, but mainly they just add a bunch of chemical fragrance.
  • Replace or clean your air conditioner’s air filter regularly.
  • Don’t forget your car– today’s car fresheners are especially long lasting. You might not even notice the scent since our noses get dulled to them quickly. They’re really smell cover-uppers rather than removing stinky smells. Open up the windows

Reduce the scents you didn’t even notice you’re wearing

  • Count up all the beauty products you use on a regular basis. Each one of those personal products carry its own fragrance. Even eye shadow and other makeup powders carry a small amount!
  • Seek out unscented (or lightly naturally scented) replacements at health food stores, online, with and indie beauty makers on sites like Etsy.
  • Products for your face should definitely have little or no fragrance. Try using natural oils such as Argan and Coconut oil as cleaners and moisturizers.


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