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There’s Much More To Scenting Than Meets The Nose.
Research tells us that the sense of smell affects about 75% of our daily emotions, and plays an important role in memory. The sense of smell is different from the other senses because it is processed first by the limbic system, the same part of the brain responsible for memory, perceptions, and emotions.
It is powerful and fast because it is the only sense that goes directly to the emotional part of the brain without intervention along the way.
Behind the marketing and advertising appeal of a scent is science. The human nose is a sensitive organ that can detect more than 350,000 different scents. It is the close connection of the olfactory gland, which registers smell, and the limbic system, that governs emotion and memories, that is said to be responsible for the power behind the sense of smell.
How Does Scent Branding/Marketing Work?
Olfaction, the sense of smell, is the process of receiving volatile chemicals that flow through our nostrils from the ambient air around us. Each odor has its own molecular shape and finds a unique set of receptors within the human olfactory system.
Humans have over one thousand of these odor receptors, and can easily identify over 10,000 individual scents. Scent marketing works to create specific responses in the consumer, and scent branding can help to imprint a custom pleasant smelling scent formula into the memory directly into the consumer’s emotional center.
- Essential oils have the unique ability to impact both the body and mind – crossing into the physiological and the physical.
- AromaTech sources quality assured 100% pure essential oils that offer health benefits through their anti-bacterial properties that neutralize the air and fight the spread of airborne bacteria. Essential oils also promote physical and psychological benefits for the mind and body. The power of essential oils:
- 100% pure essential oils are derived from the essence of plants. Therefore they carry the health and cleansing properties of those plants.
- Essential oils eliminate bad odors rather than simply mask them, including cigarette smoke.
- Essential oils, when inhaled as diffused oil micro-mist, help to boost the body’s immune system.
- Scientific research confirms that essential oils fight and eliminate airborne bacteria, viruses, and molds.
- Many hospitals in the UK diffuse pine oil in burns units to prevent the spread of infection.
- Essential oils have been part of cough medicines for many years for the power behind the sense of smell.
- Aroma and 100% Essential oils combine to capture the essence of nature, indulge the senses and revitalize the air.
Powerful, Connected, Impressionable
The human sense of smell plays an important role in memory because scent receptors in the nose connect directly to the section of the brain responsible for memory and emotions. So powerful, in fact, the nose is believed to affect 75% of our daily emotions.
It is the close connection of the olfactory gland, which registers smell, and the limbic system, that governs emotion and memories, that is said to be responsible for the power behind the sense of smell.
Did You Know…
The sense of smell works 24 hours a day and is the one human sense that cannot be ‘switched off.’
The human sense of smell affects 75% of daily emotions and plays an important role in memory.
The human nose is believed to be able to detect up to 350,000 chemicals. Emotion can be communicated by smell.
There are suggestions that smell can influence mood, memory, emotions, mate choice, immune system, and hormones.
Scenting does not impact on judgment and has been tested to prove that it cannot cause obsessive behavior. Academics and researchers agree that scents are effective simply because they create a mood that validates intentions.
Smell amplifies the sense of taste. Try this… if peeled pieces of apple are placed in one bowl and peeled pieces of potato in another, and then the nostrils are held completed closed while a piece from one bowl is sampled, the two tastes are indistinguishable. That’s why a head-cold severely impacts your appetite and sense of taste
Proven, Intricate, Profitable
Academics and marketers have known for more than 20 years that there is a strong link between an aroma and a customer’s lasting feeling of enjoyment from that aroma. Studies show that a pleasurable scent diffused at a noticeable level can validate consumer intentions, improve workplace productivity and assist with health and medical conditions:
When the aroma of baked bread was released in a US supermarket, sales in the bakery section increased threefold. (Hirsch, 1995, International Journal of Aromatherapy).
Research in Japan is being undertaken to understand the influence of scent and the use of essential oils have on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. (Miyazawa, 2006, Inhibition of Acetylcholinesterase Activity by Tea Tree Oil & Constituent Terpenoids)
The diffusion of lavender during breaks at work has been found to prevent the deterioration of work performance. (Sakamoto, et al, 2006, cited at chemse.oxfordjournals.org)
An Australian university is using scents to assist in the diagnosis of several brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. (University of Melbourne, 2006, cited at www.unimelb.edu.au
A trial undertaken in a USA casino showed that gambling revenue increased by 48% with the introduction of a pleasant aroma into a test area. The trial concluded that a noticeable scent in the air acts to enhance the mood and intention of patrons, without affecting judgment or exacerbating obsessive gambling behavior. (Hirsch, 1995, Psychology and Marketing)
In a 1989 trial, customers spent more time browsing at a jewelry counter when a scent was introduced. (Knasko, 1989, cited in The Journal of Marketing, USA)