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 Are you...?
Nonnie with super-sensitive sense of smell (94 votes)
52.22%
Secretor with super-sensitive sense of smell (34 votes)
18.89%
Nonnie with average sense of smell (22 votes)
12.22%
Nonnie with poor sense of smell (11 votes)
6.11%
Secretor with poor sense of smell (9 votes)
5.00%
Secretor with average sense of smell (6 votes)
3.33%
Other (please give details) (4 votes)
2.22%
180 Votes Total Last vote Thursday, June 5, 2014, 2:11pm by ayaka
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battle dwarf
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i would not be suprised. i know i have to be careful with spray paint and the grill cleaner fumes at work or i will not so much have a bloody nose as bleeding sinuses.


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I really do envy all of you with acute smellers!!! I have so little, even after surgery. Sigh. Tonight is shopping night. I'm reading the labels on the toothpaste tubes to see if there are any without mint.(Reading labels has become a way of life for me)


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Quoted from battle dwarf
i would not be suprised. i know i have to be careful with spray paint and the grill cleaner fumes at work or i will not so much have a bloody nose as bleeding sinuses.
Cheers for the comment!! I had been wondering re the sinuses...I used to get sinus headaches from an undiagnosed milk allergy as a kid...
Now since my "whey" experiment & also whatever caused my bleeding nose episodes...I have had slightly bloody mucous & a build up... & just prior to this last nose bleed I had been noticing it & had gently blown my nose a bit (something I rarely have to do, since being off dairy I just don't get sniffley noses even when I have the flu..)
I hate to imagine what the latest toxic fume smells from our heater at work will do to my sinuses, if the way they made me feel yesterday is anything to go by...??!!
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Drive55's poll about being smelly or not made me think.

I have a really sensitive sense of smell. I remember as a child my Mum sending me into the kitchen first after a gas leak to check whether it had all gone Certain smells make me gag when other people can't smell them. I love animals but even clean ones stink to me. I can't wear clothes which have that "dried too slowly" musty smell about them - they have to go back in the wash again. And if I'm in a lift with someone else with that smell on their clothes, I hold my breath until one of us gets out.

DH's sense of smell isn't quite as intense but it's still better than average.

How about you?


I have a super nose. Wish I did n't. Makes life difficult for me. Body odour can make me gag, 3rd hand smoke can inflame my throat and sinuses as well as perfumes, new articles, mold, anything with chemicals, certain plants, dogs. The list goes on. Dont know yet if I am a secretor or not.
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I voted secretor...no sense of smell..but..I used to have a great sense of smell!

Ever since my nasal surgery (and now being diagnosed with asthma) my smell AND taste are pretty much gone!

Chandon, please tell us more about the nose to lung meridian

Joe, it sounds like you have a gift/burden? Like the "Ghost Whisperer"!

Poppy, My polyp surgery was in Oct.'08 and was a success, I thought!?! Now I cannot smell and most all of my taste is gone!? My ENT said nothing of them ever growing back!!!!! Please keep us posted on your progress!

Symbi, good info...thanks!


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Joe, it sounds like you have a gift/burden?

Poppy, My polyp surgery was in Oct.'08 and was a success, I thought!?! Now I cannot smell and most all of my taste is gone!? My ENT said nothing of them ever growing back!!!!! Please keep us posted on your progress!

Sometimes, it can be either...      

Keep compliant with heavy emphasis on your Superfoods and you will be surprised what will heal.  It isn't always pleasant while the healing takes place, but I am happy with the results so far.


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Thanks for the advice, Joe. You are the encouraging voice of reason!
I did make a list of supers only and went food shopping, so.....I am commited to try!


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I read that fruitarians become so sensitive to smells that they cannot stand around other people - other people smell very offensive to them...
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Possum my little brother always got nose bleeds and I read a book called "Feelings Buried Alive Never Die". It says that nose bleeds are connected with the feeling of not being notice or being forgotten or looked over. He was the fifth child and my mom was sick a lot and we also had lot of foster children on and off. It could be the stinky slow vehicle or it could be a connection with that and something along the emotional lines? maybe?


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Cheers; that sure is interesting christa!! I was the fourth child I am tempted to think that theory would hold for nosebleeds only in childhood Would it manifest after as mine were never in childhood?

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It really varies. I can detect chemicals that others don't notice, but natural smells (animals, body odor, plant fragrances) aren't always obvious to me. It also varies a lot depending on how stuffed up I am that day.

I would much rather use a public restroom that smells of poop and farts than one that smells like air freshener and bleach.


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Also something to note is that when someone is zinc deficient they also can lose their sense of smell. Which I do now and than and than at times it's so sharp that I could smell someone putting on a pot of tea two houses away. lol


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Quoted from ruthiegirl
I would much rather use a public restroom that smells of poop and farts than one that smells like air freshener and bleach.
Actually I think I would too (within reason)
I heard on a show the other day that bleach is worse for your system than even mould...

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Quoted from christaalyssaA+
Also something to note is that when someone is zinc deficient they also can lose their sense of smell. Which I do now and than and than at times it's so sharp that I could smell someone putting on a pot of tea two houses away. lol
Me too!!! Although I think it's more the latter with me, which is why I could smell glue on the heater when both of the bosses couldn't

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Quoted from christaalyssaA+
Also something to note is that when someone is zinc deficient they also can lose their sense of smell. Which I do now and than and than at times it's so sharp that I could smell someone putting on a pot of tea two houses away. lol


Takes note to remove zinc from supplement cabinet.
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nose bleeds are conected to feeling neglected or over looked? it's a wonder i don't have real nose bleeds! if it were not for me, my self, and I i would have been a very lonely kid. now i have pets but the conversation with them it pretty limated. "do you want to go out?" "have you got food and water?"


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I voted super sensitive but it is a selective sensitivity.  I can smell perfumes a block away but some herbs I can't hardly smell when I'm standing next to the bush. I agree with the comment on the bathroom air fresheners. Your poll looks like it's a case of nonnie nose. I think the btd is helping with the tolerance levels. I just wish sometimes I wasn't so sensitive. Other peoples perfume usually smells like insecticide to me.  
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Just happened to check this out and thought I'd weigh in--I'm a nonnie and smell things most other don't.  Also sensitive to loud noises and don't like blinking/bright lights.  Over-perfumed people drive me NUTS!  One shouldn't be able to smell someone else walking into a room from across the room...I was taught that perfume should only be smelled by someone standing/very close to you.  Both me and my husband have actually changed tables in restaurants due to overperfuming...I also agree with someone's statement above that women generally seem to have a better sense of smell than men...non-scientific of course, but just my experience.  Another thing...menopause seems to have affected my sense of smell, too...becoming more sensative to various odors as I get older...


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Having been in the perfume business, I can tell you that women undergo hormonal changes well before actual menopause that change their sense of smell.

The obvious: Pregnancy. Pregnant women suddenly finding themselves sickened over their erstwhile favorite colognes...sometimes seeking a new cologne. The next big turning point came around age 33-35 or so. Women who'd worn a certain fragrance all through their 20s would say, "I need a new one. This one smells suddenly different ON ME." As if the components of the perfume were interacting differently with their skin now. Mind you, this was a typical scenario amongst fragrance wearers. We'd find a new one for such a customer, and she'd be very happy. It would generally be considered a more "mature" perfume. Technically, this means it would be lighter on the "top" notes, deeper into the fixative "base" notes. It wouldn't necessarily carry as high, i.e., be as evaporative for as long.

But you needn't look at perfume for the explanation. Aromatherapy, the use of pure, natural essential oils in therapy, tells you the same thing. The changing hormone balance, the changing state of health in general, affects the sense of smell. And the sense of smell interacts intensely with the whole organism. I blogged on terrain and the use of olfaction in French Aromamedicine in a piece called "In Vivo, In Vitro: A Matter of Terrain" at least three years ago. Check out my Blog Archives ("Santé).

Now: Bear in mind that the formulae for perfumes, especially those made in the US but also elsewhere, have degenerated since around 1980 in particular, to include a caliber of synthetic ingredient that is truly disgusting. Those who do not have olfactory sophistication have no idea they smell TERRIBLE and are sickening everyone around them. There still exist, however, perfumes made with the all natural essential oils exclusively. They are very rare. Not all of these are expensive. Some responsible health-oriented perfumers are out there. Others of these fragrances represent stubborn holdovers from pre-chemical days in history that still have a strong following. These are exclusively French (bien sûr).


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Post #93 is supposed to be by "creativeclaire" according to the "latest posts" index, but it was by me...Maybe she deleted?


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roben i know what you mean about the lights. i have not been tested but i have always been sinsitive to bright lights. as a teen my roon was lit by three strands of green christmas lights. i even read by them! now if it is a really dark night i look else where when i know that stop light is about to turn green, but even that dose not compare to the pain of those awful blue halagen headlights people here like so much!   i hear they are outlawed in europe, i wish they were here.
san j i don't wear alot of perfumes (most of them are too musky or smell like soap) but i would be intrested in seeing the ones you mention. can you recomemnd a company?


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san j i don't wear alot of perfumes (most of them are too musky or smell like soap) but i would be intrested in seeing the ones you mention. can you recomemnd a company?


I see that "Zents" is still around. It's an American company that was making solid perfumes in the 1990's and these were all-natural and quite lovely. I can't vouch for each of the fragrances available through them today, however. They've substantially expanded the line... And it now includes all sorts of products, too, says its website. I tested the solids, the few that were available 15 years ago, with people who had frank, serious allergies to synthetics, and they passed. Nordstrom's was carrying them when I was vending French perfume through there, in 2000-2001. See if you can find them there, for starters.

I repped for Guerlain. The house was founded in the 1790's, within a family of genuine "noses". All of their fragrances developed before the early 20th century are clean, unless the takeovers have led to a change of formula. I recommend you smell the Guerlain line at a store that carries the early fragrances. Many outlets for Guerlain carry only what's current, so look around. My guess is that you can find the early fragrances online and ask where to actually smell them locally.

Another line worth investigating is Maître Parfumeur et Gantier, from Paris. I sold quite a bit of this lovely line. Unlike Guerlain, it hasn't a long history, but it represents a solid commitment to the Real essential oils. Allergic-types did very well with it among customers.

I have also made my own. Mandy Aftel's book, Essence and Alchemy, might be a help to those of you ready to create perfume, or learn how it is done. Chrissie Wildwood's Create Your Own Perfumes is a far simpler introduction, if you have some essential oils and are interested in using them for fragrance purposes; she's also an aromatherapist and shares of the therapeutic values of essential oils in this and another of her aromatherapy books.

Start here.


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Sorry: I was on the phone. The post is ready now, from "one hour ago". Didn't mean to "not answer" you.


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Brava SanJ on the terrific synthetic perfumes, I use them once and after I cannot use them anymore !
May be my essential oil passion has made my secretor nose very picky, but I am also fairly allergic and daughter of allergic parents, mother asthmatic !   the synthetic perfumes are used also in war weapon research !


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thanks san j. i will google for them becuse i already know what i can get with in 50 miles of me


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