Saturday, March 19, 2016

When the Nose DOESN'T Know

Jasmine Flowers
"Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any other of our senses and recognition of smell is immediate. Other senses like touch and taste must travel through the body via neurons and the spinal cord before reaching the brain whereas the olfactory response is immediate, extending directly to the brain. This is the only place where our central nervous system is directly exposed to the environment" (von Have, Serene Aromatherapy)

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has strict guidelines for safe usage of fragrant chemicals and essential oils in perfumes and skincare. And we are bound by law and by a Code of Ethics to adhere to those percentages. Having been in this business for over 20 years now, we've learned a thing or two about the dangers of over scenting products are inhaled and those which come in contact with our skin. Valhalla has always had our own percentage rates which we deem as safe that we use to scent each of our products. They fall well within the IFRA guidelines while also giving us a little "wiggle" room for the occasional stubborn or delicate scents that don't stick well or are very light in their nature.

When you work around different scents all day long like we do there will be occasions when your nose fails you and takes a vacation. When it just can't possibly smell one...more...smell. We find this to sometimes be true with some of our customers as well. Especially those who like to burn candles or melt tarts allot in their homes.

The olfactory system is uber sensitive and there are a myriad of factors that can interfere with our sense of smell. Allergies, medications, past medication or drug use, illness or disease, age, what was cooked in the house recently, chronic exposure to over scented products like tarts, B&B products (especially B&B Works and LUSH who is notorious for overly scenting their products), chronic exposure to over scented candles which can create soot which gets in the nose clogging it, environment (air pollution, smog, smoke, etc.), cigarette smoking, mineral deficiencies, and so on. The list is exhaustive.

If you're finding that all your Valhalla smell goods are starting to smell the same, or not at all, then it is very likely that you have a one or more of the listed factors going on. We suggest giving the the following tips a try:

 A). Fill a glass jar with good quality coffee beans and when you notice that you're having trouble telling different scents apart, or smelling anything at all, take the lid off your jar of coffee beans, stick your nose down in it and take a few good deep sniffs. This will cleanse your palate. Then seal your jar back up, put it away in a handy place and take a few breathes of clean air. Now try sniffing your various scents again. This will usually clear out your palate. If it doesn't work, move on to step B.

B). If step A. was not successful in clearing your palate, then we suggest you pick up a bottle of Ocean Nasal Spray which is an all natural saline solution and can be found in the pharmacy section of most stores. Follow the directions on the bottle for both nostrils. You may have to do it a couple times. This WILL make your nose run for a few minutes so have some tissue ready. Then try sniffing your various scents again.

If either of these tricks fail to work for you, then you may have something more serious going on medically, like a sinus infection or polyps on your sinuses or whatnot and we suggest you seek medical advice.  

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