Smell and Psychology

At Milkhouse Candles & More, we love fragrances! We know that certain smells can remind us of different places or times. So, we thought we’d take a deeper look at the psychology of smell and how it affects us.

The Science of Smell

When we detect a smell with our nose, the olfactory neurons in the upper part of the nose generate an impulse that is passed to the brain. The part of the brain this arrives at first is called the olfactory bulb, which processes the signal and then passes information about the smell to other areas closely connected to it, collectively called the limbic system. The limbic system comprises a set of structures within the brain that are regarded by scientists as playing a major role in controlling mood, memory, behavior and emotion.

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Smell and Memory

The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. People with full olfactory function may be able to pinpoint smells that evoke particular memories. For example, the smell of wildflowers may bring back a recollection of a childhood picnic. This can happen spontaneously, with the smell acting as a trigger in recalling a long-forgotten experience or event.

Smell and Emotion

Smell is also highly emotive. Did you know that smell is extremely important when it comes to the attraction between two people? Research has shown that our body odor, produced by the genes that make up our immune system, can help us subconsciously choose our partners.

It is likely that much of our emotional response to smell is governed by association. Different people can have completely opposite perceptions of the same smell. A specific perfume can smell wonderful to one person and overpowering or even nauseating to another person. Despite this, there are certain smells that all humans find repugnant, largely because they warn us of danger: the smell of smoke or rotten food.

Smelling Candles

The creators of Milkhouse Candles recognize the influence smell can have on each of us. Because of this, they carefully research and blend each of their fragrances. They want the fragrance of a Milkhouse candle to trigger memories of places or events that may be long forgotten. They also create scents you can enjoy and that boost your mood or provide a sense of relaxation.

What Milkhouse fragrance resonates most with you? Browse our site to find an aroma that can take you to another time or place.

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