Yesterday evening I realized something. I smell more stuff and I smell hints of things other people don’t.
I guess when you start consciously smelling or trying to detect certain notes in scents (or anything else for that matter), you actually exercise your sense of smell to a better degree than other people.
I used to think that my entrance into the perfume world would just enable me to differentiate more and better different things I smell, but it actually got me ahead of most people I know in that I can smell things they don’t. My reasoning why they don’t consists of 2 things:
1) They are probably not consciously aware of the smells around them
2) As they do not try and smell things, their noses just aren’t used to picking out smells.
What usually happens is this (this is a situation from 2 days ago) – I’m walking with my boyfriend by our neighbors house and I say, “Oh, the neighbor spritzed the front steps with that cat spray again – yuck!” And my boyfriend says, “I can’t smell anything.” 🙂 OK, so he is most evidently one of those who can’t smell a thing, but it happens with other people as well. Btw, that spray so the cats wouldn’t pee on the steps is just horrible. It keeps me away as well.
One last thought for the end. This is something I am aware of for quite a while now. Smelling good food (either while walking through the city or at home) and inhaling it deeply works almost as good on my hunger as actually eating it. You inhale the smell deeply and your hunger is assuaged for a little while longer.
Does this happen to anyone else?