Of the 5 human senses, sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell, it’s fair to say smell is the one we can probably live without fairly easily. All the other sense play a major part in our day to day lives and we can be deeply affected by the loss of one of them.
But smell seems to be a sense that we as humans hold on to for different reasons. The sense has developed into a specific holder of memories in our lives. A smell can immediately evoke a specific time, place or person.
Naturally this means that fragrances offer up memories of good, bad and indifferent times. Good when they bring back specific, happy moments, bad when they offer up something not so palatable and indifferent when they neither excite nor upset the emotions.
Yet, whilst it is an almost unnecessary sense, we are enticed by a multitude of fragrant blasts, from shower gels to cleaning products, from perfumes to cooking foodstuffs, it seems that smell is important for its own reasons.
At this time of the year, we are all searching out the ‘smells’ of Christmas; cloves, cinnamon, mandarin, frankincense, pine, they all help us feel festive and are a direct link to our Christmas memories of days gone.
The best way to stimulate our sense of smell is to introduce subtle aromas in a gentle and long lasting way. Candles offer the ultimate way to create a beautiful ambiance in our homes and can create perfect moods from room to room.
The fragrances in candles are usually a fine blend of top, middle and base notes, similar to the fragrances we wear. When first lit there is a waft of something heady that floats around creating an immediate hit. Then as the candle settles down to its duty, a gentler background fragrance floats around creating that serious memory kick. Every now and again a note of something specific engulfs the senses and transports you to a different time and place. When the candle is extinguished it leaves behind a dense reminder of the experiences the fragrances created.
So at Christmas we are spoilt for choice with an amazing array of fragranced candles, and for the rest of the year, well you only have to look at some of the names associated with the enormous selection of candles to see that they are very definitely designed to be our least necessary senses favourite way of being used.
It seems to be the case that whilst smell is not important in the way that our other senses are, it definitely has a place in our hearts and souls. That flickering candle and its amazing way of stirring the emotions is proof itself that we recognise smell as important as sight, sound, touch and taste.
Now where did I put that ‘school dinner’ fragranced candle?
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