When astronauts are outside the ISS, space-borne compounds adhere to their suits causing a distinctive scent when they return to the station. The smell is so unusual that NASA reached out to a top fragrance maker to re-create the odor for its training simulations.
2. In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where fragrance spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the DD radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and sales near bus stops increased by 29%.
3. A French man has invented a pill that perfumes your farts to smell like roses, violets, or chocolate. 60 pills sell for around $22.00 and he has also developed scented fart pills for flatulent dogs.
4. Every single Holiday Inn has a signature scent. In a recent rebranding, IHG decided to purchase air fresheners in all 1145, using a scent described as “Notes of Jasmine, mixed with Wood, and Honeysuckle.” Also, all the hotels and casinos in Vegas have signature fragrances.
5. In some humans strong odors of cologne and perfume may cause their blood vessels to swell and dilate and, in turn, stimulate the nervous system in the brain associated with head pain, causing headaches and migraines.
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The first deodorant for men was launched in 1935 (decades after the introduction of deodorants for women) because, at the beginning of the 20th century, body odor was not considered a problem for men; it was a part of being masculine.
7. Two Swiss companies based in Geneva (Firmenich and Givaudan) produces almost half of the flavorings and fragrances of the world. Chances are that when somebody eats a mass-produced yogurt or a burger or opens a can of fizzy drink anywhere in the world, they are tasting some Swissness.
8. In 2012 Pizza Hut planned to release a limited edition perfume that smelled like fresh dough. Thousands responded requesting the perfume for themselves but only 110 bottles were produced and shared with lucky Facebook fans who won a bottle. The packaging resembled mini pizza boxes.
9. “Teen Spirit” was a real deodorant. One of Kurt Cobain’s friends spray-painted “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his wall because Kurt’s then-girlfriend wore Teen Spirit, which led to the title of the 1991 Nirvana hit song.
10. Ingredients in the average bottle of Prestige perfume cost about $1.20 to $1.50. The actual liquid in a typical bottle of $150 perfume is less than 1% of the retail cost. The bottle, box, and display carton typically cost four to six times more than the fragrance itself.
In 2016, a teenager named Jonathan Capewell died from a heart attack caused by the buildup of butane and propane in his blood after excessive use of deodorant sprays. He accidentally inhaled large amounts over time, as he reportedly had an obsession with personal hygiene.
12. Antiperspirant deodorants are designed to be put on before bed and not after your morning shower.
13. Major orange juice producers add chemical fragrances called “flavor packs” to their juice to provide the signature taste of their brand because OJ loses its flavor during pasteurization and de-oxygenation.
14. There are paper-scented perfumes and candles that mimic the smell of freshly printed books, old tomes, or libraries. Some scented candles are even inspired by Oxford Library’s ambient aroma.
15. The “musk” smell in colognes and perfumes was originally derived from a gland located between the genitals and the umbilicus of the Himalayan male musk deer.
Human poop and farts get their foul smell from the chemical compounds Skatole and Indole (among others). At low concentrations, these compounds smell flowery and are used in perfumes. USA and Israel have used Skatole in crowd control sprays. The stench does not wash off the skin for 3 days.
17. The oldest perfume factory in the world was unearthed in Cyprus in 2004. It has been dated back to the Bronze Age, around 4000 years ago, and it covered an estimated surface area of over 4,000m², indicating that their perfume manufacturing was on an industrial scale.
18. Chinese Emperor Qianlong was in love with an Uyghur woman who naturally produced a fine fragrance from her skin. She was given as a gift to the Emperor and carefully escorted all the way to the imperial palace in Beijing. She was bathed every day in camel’s milk to preserve her mysterious fragrance.
19. When Febreeze first came out it was marketed as an odor eliminator (and was very effective at it) but sold poorly due to people not realizing their homes/clothes smelt bad. It was only until they added scents and marketed to people as a final touch to cleaning that it became successful.
20. Women in Ancient Egypt and 18th century France used to keep a scented pouch in their vagina for a while before presenting it to a prospective lover.
A Dutch designer sells a ‘memory box’ for grieving widows that contains the scent of their husband’s favorite perfume, a speaker to play his favorite songs, and a gold/glass dildo containing his cremated ashes.
22. Scottish actor Alan Cumming has a line of fragrances and lotions called “Cumming.”
23. Ancient Egyptians invented several forms of early deodorant, including cones made out of scented grease that was worn on top of the head. As the grease melted, it ran in cooling, fragrant trails down the person’s face and body.
24. In addition to books, France operates a legal deposit scheme for perfumes, where a copy of every new fragrance has to be sent to the library for preservation.
25. In 1994 Crayola released scented crayons but had to retire the food scented ones after a year because parents complained that they “smelled good enough to eat.”