Posted by SR on October 15, 2004
In Reply to: Personal warmth posted by Lewis on October 15, 2004
: : It's Friday afternoon, and I got an emergency call to join the guys at the pub - as you do. So I just got changed and I was selecting an appropriate perfume to wear. My partner was wondering what the methodology was behind the selection.
: : I told him it was based on my mood, what I was wearing and the weather. I said, because it's cool, I need something that smells warm.
: : He found the concept of smelling warmth a bit difficult to handle.
: : Can anyone assist me to explain this concept? And can anyone think of any other ways to describe mixed sensations?
: you probably need to educate your fella that he has 5 senses. smell is often neglected, but used much more than we realise. I became much more sensitive to odour/scent when I started to think about it - I am interested in food, wine and alcoholic beverage (how unusual!) - and I write about beer. to do that, I needed to think and articulate about the smells - the 'notes' of drinks.
: smell is like sound - a chord in music is made up of different notes and the comparison is used by perfumiers.
: Convince the guy that scent is like adding an ingredient to a dish - it is difficult to describe how you know what goes - it might be a contrast to something else or to match up with something else. as him to try to think what else it might smell like - that helps improve the vocabulary for future articulation.
: you could say that something smells "warm" because it shares 'notes' with other scents that occur when it is warm or from warm surroundings - for example, if in cold weather you have mulled wine - cinnamon and cloves might smell 'warm' to you - or if you sit by a particular tree in the garden, the scent of that blossom is associated with 'warmth'.
: if you want to distract him, you could always talk about intimite scents!
: Mmm - the scent of a woman!
Scent is like the frame. We are the picture. Scent conveys a great deal of information on how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us.