The Effects Of Perfumes On Human Biology
Perfumes Effect on the Nose
As a bespoke perfume maker, we know all about the effects perfume can have on a person. Although not as great as some animals, humans have an excellent sense of smell with around fifty million smell receptors in the human nose. Our noses work by collecting scent molecules when we breathe in, which are then dissolved in a thin membrane which is found in the nasal activity. The hippocampus provides a background for the smell in the form of a memory, and the amygdala and hypothalamus create the emotional undercurrents of the smell.
This is why certain smells can bring particular recollections flooding back. Because our smell is so heavily interlinked with memory, this is why certain fragrances are attractive to some, and repellant to others. Feminine scents tend to be worn by women, and musky perfumes are often worn by men, but this is not always the case, and it is really up to the individual and what they perceive to be pleasant.