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Posted by: Squirrel, Saturday, April 5, 2008, 7:14am
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?
Posted by: dawgmama, Saturday, April 5, 2008, 1:08pm; Reply: 1
Yep, I am the "gas detector" in our household too (both kinds ;)). My husband is a heating technician, and he thinks women in general have a more sensitive sense of smell. If he goes to an office to fix a heater, the ladies will say "Ewww...you've got to fix this leak, it smells so bad!", and the guys in the office say, "What smell?".

I think I may have read somewhere that women do have a better sense of smell, because they were the food preparer's, and had to be able to detect if something had gone bad/rancid. Maybe the men/hunters did not have as strong a sense of smell because a "gut shot" animal really stinks, even though the meat may be ok to eat, and they had to gut the critter to bring home.

Interesting poll. :)
Posted by: Ribbit, Saturday, April 5, 2008, 2:21pm; Reply: 2
Hm.  I voted "average," but after reading your posts I'm wondering if I should have voted "sensitive."  I'm the gas detector too.  We had a gas leak outside our bedroom window for months and I couldn't convince my husband it was there.  Finally I caught the meter reader outside one day and asked him to check it.  Sure enough, it was leaking pretty badly--on their end, thankfully.  But I also occasionally smell it in our living room next to a vent.  Again, my husband is reluctant to call, for some reason.  [*sneaky thought*] Maybe I'll call the gas company while he's gone on his business trip.  I do believe women smell more bad stuff than men, whether it's a built-in protection system or just being aware (remember, the men retreat to their "nothing boxes" and we don't even have a "nothing box!").
Posted by: RedLilac, Saturday, April 5, 2008, 3:04pm; Reply: 3
I voted average even though Im the gas detector and smoke detector in the house.  Certain smells Im very sensitive to and others I am not.  I read that smell is attached to our memories and is a very important indicator, but is different for every person.
Posted by: TJ, Saturday, April 5, 2008, 6:44pm; Reply: 4
Currently, I think I have an average sense of smell, but above average attention to things around me, so I notice odd smells.  My sense of smell improved somewhat after surgery to repair my deviated septum, and again it has improved on BTD (I think because my sinuses aren't so congested).  It used to be, without a doubt, below average, but the surgery and diet have brought it up to par.
Posted by: OSuzanna, Saturday, April 5, 2008, 9:43pm; Reply: 5
I've been told I have a nose like a bloodhound. I live with a guy who loves ferrets, etc, etc, and has NO sense of smell! Oy. Don't get me started.... ::)
Posted by: 2930 (Guest), Sunday, April 6, 2008, 1:22am; Reply: 6
Very poor sense of smell. Sort of a handicap really.
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 1:37am; Reply: 7
Erika, welcome!
good to have you join!
Posted by: OSuzanna, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 2:39am; Reply: 8
Welcome, Erika! :D
Posted by: 2930 (Guest), Sunday, April 6, 2008, 3:24am; Reply: 9
Thanks, good to be here.
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 8:33am; Reply: 10
I love essential oils and natural perfumes, but I am very sensitive to chemical perfumed spray, house products and cheap plastic furniture exhalations. Three times in my life I had an half an hour of bad cough with these chemicals, twice in the spring pollen season and my mother was asthmatic, as my brother with cats fur and parietaria.
I have a  good sense of smell also if I had terrific colds and sinusitis before BTD, but I don't use perfume regularly, just some esential oil in my toiletries to rinse and creams or body lotions.
I also refuse to use house perfumes, scented oils and candles, if not seldom and completely naturals.
Maria Giovanna
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 3:18pm; Reply: 11
Im also sensitive to cheap perfumes and chemical cleaners.  But I attribute that to my allergies, not to my sense of smell.  My throat tightens up and I have to take Benedryl.  Thats the only thing that relieves my symptoms quick.  Somebody put a can of air freshener in the bathroom at work.  If I get a quick whiff of it when I walk in, then I head for another bathroom.  When Im in the stall, I cross my fingers that nobody uses it before I get out.  Were in a large building, so it wont do any good to tell my co-workers.  We just moved in this building from the building next door at the end of October.  I know none of them put it in the bathroom because it wasnt in the other building.
Posted by: karen, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 6:05pm; Reply: 12
I am highly sensitive to smells which in my case I think is linked to adrenal fatigue.  I get periods of time when it is not as sensitive and I think it correlates to the times when my adrenals aren't as stressed.
Posted by: Ribbit, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 7:57pm; Reply: 13
Huh.  Cool.  I notice that about my eyes.  When my adrenals are stressed my vision darkens and blurs.
Posted by: karen, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 9:04pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from Ribbit
Huh.  Cool.  I notice that about my eyes.  When my adrenals are stressed my vision darkens and blurs.



Yes, my eyes too.  There is not much I don't blame on the adrenals.  I'm guess I'm going through a phase where I see them being related to every health symptom!
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 9:58pm; Reply: 15
Pantothenic acid(B5) is good for the adrenals, but please tell a doctor about your eye symptoms. You don't want to take any chances with your eyes.
S S & L,
Mrs "T"     O+  
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Monday, April 7, 2008, 8:06am; Reply: 16
I am secretor ( however I might be a weak secretor acording to GTD ??))
and I have a super sense of smell
I am the gas alarm- the cat pee alarm  ;)
everything and I hate to sit next to a smoker in the train- it makes me sick just to smell their clothes. :X or a very perfumed person.
Posted by: TJ, Monday, April 7, 2008, 4:32pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from Henriette Bsec
I have a super sense of smell
I am the gas alarm- the cat pee alarm  ;)
everything and I hate to sit next to a smoker in the train- it makes me sick just to smell their clothes. :X or a very perfumed person.


That's just the explorer in you!
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 8:40am; Reply: 18
Quoted from TJ


That's just the explorer in you!


:D true
Posted by: Arlene, Friday, April 11, 2008, 2:51am; Reply: 19
I also have a super sensitive nose. I had to leave a classroom when the instructor used a dry erase marker on a white board in the class. I felt overwhelmed by the smell and I looked around the room and everyone else seemed to be fine. I tried cupping my hands around my mouth and nose but it was too no avail and had to leave. I can also smell things that no one else seems to smell.

I read that Doctors have a clue when an older person complains that they have lost their sense of smell that they may be in the first stages of Alzheimers disease. So when I read that I thought ok maybe my super sniffer might be helpful to me.
Posted by: shells, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 6:25am; Reply: 20
Oh yes, definitely the household sniffer!  Gas, nappy change time, dust, even mold in an adjacent room   :X
Posted by: UncommonO, Thursday, April 24, 2008, 3:31pm; Reply: 21
Super sensitive sense of smell.
Posted by: HigherGround247, Monday, April 28, 2008, 9:36pm; Reply: 22
i voted secretor average, because i have really good sense of smell of others and things around me but not of myself. ha. before BTD, i couldnt smell anything because of the mucus. then one day i noticed i could smell the pool (chlorine of course) but it was a good feeling because i was like half a mile away at the time. i also noticed (the more i was sticking to BTD) the more i could smell peoples perfume and cologne, their shampoo, and sometimes what soap they used if they just got out the shower. :p like 30 feet in front me. also i smell chalk better, chemical cleaners better, flowers better, and different variety of trees like pine. not that i search out these smells or anything but i pick up on them when im in the area. i notice that i can smell more "misty" type things as well. at the beach i can smell the seaweed, when it rains i smell that. lol soo many smells thanks to BTD!  :D rock on...


-Higher Ground
Posted by: Amazone I., Saturday, June 7, 2008, 7:49am; Reply: 23
hhhmmm :B in those days it is very changeable for me ::) sometimes I can smell all and everything and then as it is like *cut off* nothing....not even the perfume I just put on (blush)
which leads to *overdoings*  ;)....sometimes .... :P....
Posted by: Stefina, Friday, July 18, 2008, 4:14pm; Reply: 24
Very Very sensitive/strong sense of smell. I've only worn one type of perfume because it's the only one I really seem to like.  Chanel Allure  
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, July 18, 2008, 4:28pm; Reply: 25
hey how does this *allure* smell  ??) ;) ;D

renifle...renifle....(bunny)
Posted by: 521 (Guest), Friday, August 22, 2008, 3:14pm; Reply: 26
I can smell bleach, ammonia, an angry skunk, and that's pretty much it... weak sense of smell here.
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, August 22, 2008, 6:25pm; Reply: 27
I'm a secretor with a super sense of smell...I can smell things most people don't notice.

I can wear my own perfume and not notice it, but the odors of other people's perfume and hair
sprays drive me crazy.

I feel I'm generally overly sensitive all the way around... to loud noise, bright lights, too much
stimulation, feeling crowded by too many people or being in tight spaces, too little air,
spicy foods, labels on clothing.  Often if someone touches me or pokes too strongly, shakes my hand too tightly, or squeezes me in a bear hug,  I'm libel to scream! (because it sometimes feels
painful!)  I have low tolerance for physical pain.

Just wondering if one sensitivity is related to others.
Posted by: TJ, Friday, August 22, 2008, 7:40pm; Reply: 28
I think sensitivities are related.  IMO it's just the way our brain reacts to the sensation.  HSPs have lower thresholds for sensory input of any kind.  We get overwhelmed more easily, because we aren't good at filtering out extraneous stimuli.
Posted by: Raquel, Sunday, August 24, 2008, 11:26am; Reply: 29
Im nonnie with super-sensitive sense of smell, thats why I work with essential oils and aromatherapy ;)
Posted by: purlgirl, Monday, November 3, 2008, 1:18am; Reply: 30
I've read being overly sensative to smells can be a sign of candida.


I'm even more sensative just befor a migraine. Anyone else?
Posted by: TJ, Monday, November 10, 2008, 4:37pm; Reply: 31
I've only had a couple of migraines in my life (that I identified as such), and I was more sensitive to EVERYTHING.  That's an interesting thought about candida.  I don't like strong, perfume-y smells, but I tolerate them better since starting BTD/GTD.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 7:25pm; Reply: 32
Quoted from purlgirl
I've read being overly sensative to smells can be a sign of candida.


yes and of adrenal issues.
I voted secretor average, but after reading all the posts, I too should've voted sensitive, as I def am. Just yesterday, I was taking Rich back out to the combine and when I got in the truck I could smell burning plastic. He smelled nothing. That's how it usually is tho. Also, I can tell when the house water filter needs to be changed. I can start smelling the chlorine. Blech!!
Posted by: Ribbit, Thursday, December 25, 2008, 12:50am; Reply: 33
We still have a gas leak in our living room, but my husband can't smell it, and the meter reader's detector didn't pick it up.  It's only occasional, but it's certainly there.
Posted by: Vicki, Thursday, December 25, 2008, 8:25am; Reply: 34
Could he have a zinc deficiency?
Posted by: Ribbit, Thursday, December 25, 2008, 6:59pm; Reply: 35
I suppose anything is possible.  But I thought low-zinc people got sick a lot. He hardly ever gets anything.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, December 25, 2008, 7:04pm; Reply: 36
Quoted from Ribbit
We still have a gas leak in our living room, but my husband can't smell it, and the meter reader's detector didn't pick it up.  It's only occasional, but it's certainly there.

Women are more sensitive to the smell of gas then men.
They use a  special meter to check for leaks, never just the nose.
Posted by: Ribbit, Thursday, December 25, 2008, 7:40pm; Reply: 37
The  meter reader told me to call him next time I smelled it, but by the time he gets here, it's gone again, of course.  It's just a passing whiff when I walk by a particular vent in the living room.  It's just above the water heater downstairs.
Posted by: Vicki, Thursday, December 25, 2008, 9:55pm; Reply: 38
Do you have an exhaust fan for the gas water heater?  It vents to the outside of the house and turns on only when the heater comes on.  The vent is often recommended but your particular situation may not have REQUIRED it.  You could get a gas water heater company to come out and make recommendations.  
Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, December 26, 2008, 2:31am; Reply: 39
*shrug* I don't know.  *sigh*  Rob said there's a vent but not a fan.
Posted by: Vicki, Friday, December 26, 2008, 3:11am; Reply: 40
Vent should be fine if it is close enough to the side of the house.  If you are smelling it, maybe the gas company will inspect your gas water heater for free.  
Posted by: 4283 (Guest), Friday, December 26, 2008, 3:14am; Reply: 41
Ribbit - Love the pic of the 3 little Ribbits..... Hope you all had a good Christmas Day :)
Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, December 26, 2008, 3:38am; Reply: 42
Thanks!  We just got the pictures done a few days ago and I'm really excited about them.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, December 26, 2008, 4:05am; Reply: 43
got to meet the 3 little Ribbits in TN!
adorable!! ;)
those pictures in the album thread are lovely Ribbit!
Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, December 26, 2008, 4:06am; Reply: 44
Thanks, Lola!  We had a fantastic photographer.
Posted by: TJ, Monday, December 29, 2008, 4:26pm; Reply: 45
Ribbit, does the water heater have a pilot light or is it spark-lit?  If it's lit with a spark, a small amount of unburned gas will escape before ignition.  Maybe that's what you're smelling!  If that's all it is, it wouldn't be cause for concern.
Posted by: Ribbit, Monday, December 29, 2008, 4:37pm; Reply: 46
That's what we thought, but then he went and stuck the monitor right next to it, and when it kicked on, the monitor didn't detect it.  Maybe they should hire me as a more accurate gas detector than their little hand-held gadgets.
Posted by: TJ, Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 4:43pm; Reply: 47
lol!
Posted by: cozzete, Thursday, January 29, 2009, 11:20pm; Reply: 48
What about non-secretors who don't smell...who don't have bad breath and hardly any underarm body odor. How about a vote on this..or has it already been done?
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, January 29, 2009, 11:23pm; Reply: 49
you can start a poll..... ;)
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, January 28, 2010, 1:54pm; Reply: 50
Quoted from Chloe
I'm a secretor with a super sense of smell...I can smell things most people don't notice.

I can wear my own perfume and not notice it, but the odors of other people's perfume and hair
sprays drive me crazy.

I feel I'm generally overly sensitive all the way around... to loud noise, bright lights, too much
stimulation, feeling crowded by too many people or being in tight spaces, too little air,
spicy foods, labels on clothing.  Often if someone touches me or pokes too strongly, shakes my hand too tightly, or squeezes me in a bear hug,  I'm libel to scream! (because it sometimes feels
painful!)  I have low tolerance for physical pain.

Just wondering if one sensitivity is related to others.


I'm with you Chloe relative to light and sound, and small spaces in peticular... My physical tolerance to pain is quite high though :-/
Posted by: atticus182, Thursday, January 28, 2010, 3:23pm; Reply: 51
Chloe, reading your post, I feel like I could have posted that myself.  I am SUPER sensitive!  Strong smells like the tiniest amount of cigarette smoke give me a headache.  If I am sitting at a red light, and the person in the car in front of me is smoking... I can smell it!!!  I'm not kidding either!  

Crowds make me want to scream... if a store is too crowded (like walmart on a Saturday), I can't do it, I have to get out of there.  My husband may not like it, but he's able to get what we need and go, while I can literally feel my cortisol levels rising.

This past week, there was something in my refrigerator that was not smelling right.  Everytime I opened the frig, I felt like I was knocked over by the smell.  I kept searching and searching for what it might be (I'm quite anal about foods and my frig is usually very clean), and my kids and my husband couldn't smell a thing.  After a few days, I could smell it without even opening the frig!  I told my husband I was close to getting rid of everything and cleaning out the whole frig.  Finally I checked a sealed rubbermaid container that had some cut up cauliflower in in that was still good but building up gases from not being opened I guess, and that was the culprit!  I threw the entire thing in the outside trash, bc I couldn't open it! I can finally breathe!  

I think my family thinks I'm a little crazy where this is concerned sometimes!  But I seriously can't help it!  I do think women are more sensitive, and I live with almost all boys.  My daughter is a bit more smell sensitive, maybe that's why she is such a picky eater?

I don't know my secretor status so I didn't vote yet, and I have only read a few posts in here so I'm not sure who is supposed to be more sensitive, though I'm guessing it's the nonnies?  I have the test to find out my status, I just need to do it and send it in.
Posted by: atticus182, Thursday, January 28, 2010, 3:37pm; Reply: 52
Quoted from TJ
I think sensitivities are related.  IMO it's just the way our brain reacts to the sensation.  HSPs have lower thresholds for sensory input of any kind.  We get overwhelmed more easily, because we aren't good at filtering out extraneous stimuli.


What does HSP stand for?

purlgirl- I used to get horrible migraines and definitely felt overly sensitive during that time.  I don't really get them anymore, I found out they were being caused by the artificial hormones in birth control.  Once I stopped taking that, I got rid of the headaches and actually a lot of other problems I didn't even realize were related.


Posted by: Lin, Thursday, January 28, 2010, 5:43pm; Reply: 53
I'm a secretor with super sensitive smell that I think started when I was pregnant with my first and it never went away.  I wondered if it might be a protective mechanism the that kicks in when you need extra protection from foods/chemcials when your in need of extra help, i.e, pregnant or not in best of health?? ??)
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Friday, January 29, 2010, 1:58am; Reply: 54
Even through chronic sinus challenges, my sense of smell is super sensitive. I think it has something to do with autoimmune function. Hoping it will improve the longer I am on the diet.
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, January 29, 2010, 2:52am; Reply: 55
Guys, do you see when I wrote that?  August 2008.  I've been on my Teacher SWAMI since August 2009....
and I have to tell you, I re-read what I wrote and I don't feel it fits me perfectly anymore.  For nearly
6 months I'm on what I believe is my "perfect" diet...(although still adjusting to the dairy and can't eat
gluten, I'm hopeful it will all be tolerable eventually).

Here's what used to happen to me awhile back...I'd be sitting in a movie theater and smell the popping corn in the lobby...The smell would get into my head and a day later, I was walking around thinking I was still sitting in the theater smelling the popcorn. The pervasive odor got stuck in my head.  I'd put my
head on the pillow at night with clean hair, a clean pillow case and smell the popcorn popping as if
I were sitting in the movie theater.  There has to be something about being overly reactive when you're not chemically balanced....and what we eat translates to the neurotransmitters we're able to make in our brains.

So here I am 18 months after writing that post and following a different diet now than the one I followed
when I wrote that post....and let me make some additional comments about now.

Although strong odors are offensive to me, and most perfumes just annoy the heck out
of me because they smell like a chemical factory, I'm not likely to feel as overly reactive as I once did.  I might want to seek fresh air....get away from an offending smell, but I'm more tolerant of odors than I was when I wrote that post.  I've been in movie theaters without taking the popcorn odor home with me.

As for feeling overly physically sensitive to pain....that comes and goes.  I don't bruise badly like I once did.

I can't explain the improvement I've experienced on my SWAMI diet as it relates to sensitivity...and I'm
not sure the poll is accurate by assuming non secretors will react differently than secretors...I think the
right diet will cause healing on such a deep level that even an overly sensitive person can more normally
tolerate offending smells and sensations.

Posted by: Lola, Friday, January 29, 2010, 8:28am; Reply: 56
great results!
keep up the work! :)
Posted by: TJ, Thursday, February 4, 2010, 4:16am; Reply: 57
Atticus: HSP = highly sensitive person/people
Posted by: Goldie, Saturday, February 6, 2010, 1:42am; Reply: 58
I am a nonie and have non of these problems.. I can smell easy, and yes broccoli could do that ,,,,,,,, but in general no issues like that .. I am happy to report.. I do not like cooking smells so I own a air purifier.. would not want to be without it when I cook onions.. like the taste but not the smell.. I don't like the smell of meat and I use the same soap for 40 years the hairspray too.. my sister hates the one I use and not the one I bought on vacation .. she is you every way.. so she might be a sec.. interesting ha-ha ....

I do believe that a few years after ER such issues go away or become milder since the whole body feels better.. less pain, less nervous, less intestinal issues, better sleep, better dreams, better health concerns, and the big one HOPE..  :o  
Posted by: nwiser, Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:21pm; Reply: 59
I'm a nonnie : I have definite smell issues. I can't stand perfume, lotions, cooking oil (like if you come out of a diner from breakfast or cook pancakes). I have to change clothes..
Crowds, tight places and cigarette smoke are all not friendly to me either.
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:59pm; Reply: 60
I used to be so sensitive to perfumes that I couldn't even go into a store that had a perfume counter...  It would trigger my adrenal shutdown and cause me to have no energy...  Many other smells would have the same effect, although I don't recall all of them...
I used NAET to eliminate problem from the sensitivity to many foods and other chemicals, which reduced much of the problem.  I am still very sensitive, especially to tobacco smoke.
I can tolerate crowds, I just don't like them...  I usually can feel pains from someone else in the crowd.  I will get a stabbing sensation somewhere, accompanied with a directional indication as to who it is from...  I can usually tell by watching that person's movement, that they are the one who's pain I am feeling...  Really weird, because I often don't know whether to try to help them or just get away to eliminate the pain I feel.  I sometimes feel the obligation to continue to observe them to determine whether they show some indication of needing help...

I helped a woman who was choking one day, so I know that it may be important...
Posted by: mrstwobears, Monday, April 12, 2010, 10:44pm; Reply: 61
I have the super kind of sense of smell. My father worked for the gas and electric company and I remember being three years old and knowing the reason why they put a smell into gas; as he told it, gas was odorless so the smell was put into it so people wouldn't die but be able to know when it was leaking into their homes. I always thought that was neat.

We are currently trying to buy a house. At the price we can afford, most of the houses have been inhabited by:
A. mold
B. big dogs
C. herds of cats
D. rats
E. smokers

When you understand that the homes we look at have been empty for months, it makes it just worse.
Posted by: Chandon, Monday, April 12, 2010, 11:14pm; Reply: 62
Smells really get me. I seem to notice immediately things that I can't deal with as an Explorer with allergies and chemical sensitivities:
Mold
Floral smells
Cigarettes
Alcohol
Gas/petroleum products

On the other hand, I can't always smell wine that well. I think it's getting better the longer I'm on the Explorer diet. I think that the accumulation of toxins in my body has caused some irritation or inflammation there; also, the lung meridian leads to the nose. I had a terrible time with asthma last fall, but that has much improved.
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 12:58am; Reply: 63
Quoted from mrstwobears
We are currently trying to buy a house. At the price we can afford, most of the houses have been inhabited by:
A. mold
B. big dogs
C. herds of cats
D. rats
E. smokers

When you understand that the homes we look at have been empty for months, it makes it just worse.

Most of these smells can be overcome by a 5 to 10% chlorine solution washed onto the hard surfaces and left to dry with the windows open.  
Soft surfaces, like drapes and carpet, need to be replaced.

Rats, IMO, are the worst as they cut holes in anything and go everywhere.  You'll find their droppings for years and maybe find virus remains with them. :P   :o   ::)

Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, April 26, 2010, 12:33pm; Reply: 64
Men and women smell differently. Women are better at smelling natural gas then men. Women smell better overall then men.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2245&dat=19870911&id=Fq9AAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VTIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=4616,1195997
Posted by: Poppy, Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 12:37pm; Reply: 65
I had surgery 1 year ago, for nasal polyps. I have a checkup in a few weeks to see how the polyps are growing/not growing. to give you an idea how bad my sense of smell was, my dog got skunked RIGHT BESIDE ME and I couldn't smell it at all! Does anyone know of any natural ingredient that would slow the growth of polyps, other than the nasal spray I have been told is necessary to slow the progress? I did use a NETI pot in the winter months. I have never smoked, and for the last 20 years have barely even sniffed cigarette smoke. (Implying that I don't think I have a lot of irritants around me).You guys who have super smell should be happy! Guess what happens to taste when you don't smell!!  
Posted by: Symbi, Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 11:16pm; Reply: 66
Hi Poppy,

Sounds like it might be good sometimes to not have a sense of smell (when beloved pet is popping off!)  :)  Sometimes I regret having a super sense of smell.  ;)

Sorry to hear about your polyps.  Once I was researching salicylate sensitivity which I suffer from and I read that it is associated with nasal polyps.  I wonder if you may have Samter's Triad: asthma, salicylate sensitivity and nasal polyps (add a good singing voice I hope)  ;)?

http://www.wddty.com/avoid-salicylates-to-get-rid-of-nasal-polyps.html
http://www.allergy.org.nz/shop/allergy+today+magazine/archived+articles/samters+triad+salicylate+asthma+and+nasal+polyp+link.html

Hope that helps.  To avoid salicylates it's good to start in the bathroom all minty and strong flavoured / fragranced things have to go.  Salicylates in food are often in fruit and veggies which we don't want to cut out completely.  Hopefully you can experiment and find your tolerance level.  May have to start with an exclusion diet.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 3, 2010, 1:10am; Reply: 67
how is your dairy intake?
Posted by: Poppy, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 1:23am; Reply: 68
I really thank you Symbi, for the link about the salicylates. My ENT Doc told me already to avoid taking advil and to stick to tylenol. I take almost none of these anyway. I really did not know that there are salicylates in foods, etc. I am sure I'm using mint toothpaste right now! Lola, I consume NO dairy at all, as of 3 years ago. Actually, I tried an experiment with goat cheese. After  about 2 months of eating some several times a week, I noticed worse nasal stuffiness,(it took me that long to clue in!) and sneezing. This stopped as soon as I cut out the goat cheese. Thanks for your replies!
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 1:41am; Reply: 69
Oooh talking bout sensitive noses...I just realised that prior to my nose bleed I was sniffing on straight peppermint oil, ::) in an attempt to clear my slightly blocked nose (which was brought on by my experiment with using whey)
Wonder if my salicylate sensitivity, along with the fact that I have recently stopped using mint toothpaste (therefore possibly becoming even more sensitive to it ??) ) could have been one more factor that contributed to my nose bleeds :-/
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 1:58am; Reply: 70
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Men and women smell differently. Women are better at smelling natural gas then men. Women smell better overall then men.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2245&dat=19870911&id=Fq9AAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VTIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=4616,1195997


Are we talking about the "sense" of smell or "how" they smell.   :o
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 2:09am; Reply: 71
lol I wondered that too... ;D
Posted by: battle dwarf, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 6:32pm; Reply: 72
both i think.  ::) i notice my sence of smell really kicks in when i get hungry. i can smell a dr pepper across the resterant when i am hungry and it smells great witch i find funny sence i have ALWAYS HATED dr pepper! LOL but it is not just that. everything smells stronger. the hot oil, the perfume the co mates are wearing, even the smell of ice in the freezer when i walk in their. nasle battering ram. nothing like being hit in the face with smell of burnt buns.  :P
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6:50am; Reply: 73
Quoted from battle dwarf
nothing like being hit in the face with smell of burnt buns.  :P


Then don't stand so close to the oven!   ;D
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:14am; Reply: 74
;D :D ::)
Talking about being hit in the face with the smell of something...last night we got stuck behind a slow vehicle spewing diesels & I just cannot tolerate/cope with the smell... Well interestingly enough, after two weeks of no nose bleeds... I had two this morning, while trying to get ready for work...I wonder & seriously think there may be a connection :-/
Posted by: battle dwarf, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 5:08pm; Reply: 75
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.
Posted by: Poppy, Friday, June 25, 2010, 11:43am; Reply: 76
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)
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, June 26, 2010, 2:51am; Reply: 77
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...??!!
Posted by: 10809 (Guest), Friday, August 13, 2010, 6:51pm; Reply: 78
Quoted from Squirrel
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.
Posted by: cajun, Saturday, August 14, 2010, 5:38am; Reply: 79
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!
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, August 14, 2010, 4:56pm; Reply: 80
Quoted from cajun
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... ;)   :o   ;D

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.
Posted by: cajun, Saturday, August 14, 2010, 6:52pm; Reply: 81
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!
Posted by: 10161 (Guest), Saturday, August 14, 2010, 11:31pm; Reply: 82
I read that fruitarians become so sensitive to smells that they cannot stand around other people - other people smell very offensive to them...
Posted by: christaalyssaA+, Sunday, August 15, 2010, 11:18pm; Reply: 83
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?
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, August 15, 2010, 11:33pm; Reply: 84
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? ??)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, September 20, 2010, 5:07pm; Reply: 85
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.
Posted by: christaalyssaA+, Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 4:08am; Reply: 86
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
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 9:31am; Reply: 87
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... ::)

Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 9:36am; Reply: 88
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??)

Posted by: 10809 (Guest), Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 11:05am; Reply: 89
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. ;D
Posted by: battle dwarf, Saturday, November 13, 2010, 5:53am; Reply: 90
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?"
Posted by: MsRubyLu, Friday, December 10, 2010, 6:53am; Reply: 91
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.  ;)
Posted by: Robyn Mc, Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 11:59pm; Reply: 92
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...
Posted by: san j, Monday, January 10, 2011, 1:23am; Reply: 93
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). :K) :K)
:) ;)
Posted by: san j, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4:48pm; Reply: 94
Post #93 is supposed to be by "creativeclaire" according to the "latest posts" index, but it was by me...Maybe she deleted? ??)
Posted by: battle dwarf, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:11pm; Reply: 95
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?
Posted by: san j, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:27pm; Reply: 96
Quoted from battle dwarf

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. :) ;)
Posted by: san j, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:01pm; Reply: 97
Sorry: I was on the phone. The post is ready now, from "one hour ago". Didn't mean to "not answer" you.
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 9:59pm; Reply: 98
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 !
Posted by: battle dwarf, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 10:05pm; Reply: 99
thanks san j. i will google for them becuse i already know what i can get with in 50 miles of me :P
Posted by: san j, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 10:41pm; Reply: 100
Quoted from battle dwarf
thanks san j. i will google for them becuse i already know what i can get with in 50 miles of me :P


Unfortunately for you, it is crucial that you actually smell the perfume on your own skin before you can know whether it is something you can wear in good health. The internet can't provide you that experience.  One thing I'd encourage you to do is request a free sample of any and every fragrance you think you might like to try.
Posted by: cajun, Thursday, July 28, 2011, 10:42pm; Reply: 101
San J,
Reading this thread reminded me of going through Fragonard in France. Those "noses"
must miss out on so many foods and spices in order to do their job!
My Grandmere could have worked for them. ;) She could walk into your home and tell you exactly what you made for dinner the previous evening. Mais, she was also a gourmet, bien sur! I have memories of her and my mother always sniffing and wrinkling their noses around everything...extremely olfactory!  :)
Posted by: Beachgirl, Friday, September 2, 2011, 6:48am; Reply: 102
I don't know my secretor status yet, but am guessing I'm a nonnie & I have a super sensitive nose!  I have crazy allergies & asthma & on days when one or both are acting up, I can't even wear scents that I like & have worn without incident for years!  Certain scents send me over the top.  Patchouli is the most offensive to me... immediately gives me a headache, makes me nauseous, ruins my nose for other smells as it seems to linger forever.  Occasionally, I'll walk into an aisle at the grocery store & it'll smell as if someone's bathed in it, I have to leave the aisle (and maybe the next several aisles) to get past the smell.  Ugh!!(dead)
Posted by: NoMorePartyInMyMouth, Friday, October 7, 2011, 11:18am; Reply: 103
Interesting thread.  I just learned that I am a nonnie, and my sense of smell is very heightened.  

My hubby thinks I am crazy because I can smell all kinds of things before he every notices them.

I am very sensitive to perfumes and other strong fragrances.  They usually cause a headache.  I am also aware that my liver is over loaded, this too causes reactions to strong odors.  I am in the process of cleansing the liver and gall bladder.
Posted by: O in Virginia, Friday, October 7, 2011, 1:35pm; Reply: 104
I love the classic Guerlains.  I love fine fragrance.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of cr@p out there, and we are constantly flooded with new releases each month of more of the same.  But there are still good fragrances, natural fragrances, and even though "good" or "pleasant" is a subjective perception, my husband who is a non-secretor with a very sensitive nose, and who really doesn't like perfume much, can always seem to tell a 'good' fragrance from a 'cheap' one.  Apparently, the aromachemicals that are used to make many perfumes now, and that often smell harsh to my nose (I'm thinking of "cashmere woods", whatever that is), are not cheap.  They are expensive, I presume because they are patented by the large fragrance manufacturers.  My hormones won't allow me to wear many of the fragrances I've enjoyed in the past, particularly scents that contain jasmine, which turns my stomach now.  But I love rose and vanilla and sweet scents lately.  I have one of Valerie Worwood's aromatherapy books.  She's great, I highly recommend her books.  I enjoy that aspect of fragrance very much, and I've been collecting a few essential oils to use.  I still enjoy commercial fragrances,  but my nonnie nose, or hormonal nose, is just a lot more selective these days.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, October 10, 2011, 7:39pm; Reply: 105
I had to walk through the "scented cleaners" aisle of the  grocery store today, and it was awful! But I needed to get some more bon ami and matches, and  those are in the same aisle as the nasty chemical cleaners.

I wish I could find a store that sells only all natural and unscented cleaners, so I woudln't have to walk through that mushroom cloud to get the items I need. But i'm not willing to spend 10X as much on products at the HFS when the local supermarket does carry unscented products at good prices.
Posted by: Possum, Monday, October 10, 2011, 9:32pm; Reply: 106
While filling my water bottles this morning at the nearby spring, I couldn't help smelling the cheap over scented washing detergent on some people's clothes as they arrived to do the same, with their bottles in recyclable bags & other environmentally friendly receptacles...

I couldn't help musing, as I tried not to wrinkle my sensitive nose, re the irony of some people bothering to go out of their way to collect non fluoridated/chlorinated water, & use environmentally friendly containers, while at the same time polluting theirs & other's environments (most probably eventually, this very same underground water supply we were tapping into) with their toxic & smelly scented "cleaning" products ::) ??) :-/
Posted by: O in Virginia, Monday, October 10, 2011, 9:59pm; Reply: 107
Yes, the scented detergent aisle is headache-inducing.   :-/  Also, the scented candle places.
Posted by: Possum, Monday, October 10, 2011, 10:25pm; Reply: 108
Yes indeed!! I cannot go to a certain place to shop due to their being a Lush shop (scented soaps etc) When I last re-visited Hobart, (trip back to Australia) after an absence of 2 yrs, I noticed they had (in our time away) opened one of these stores by its smell (even in the outdoor windy environment) before I even saw it, from a block away ::)
Posted by: PrincessMia, Monday, January 30, 2012, 2:38am; Reply: 109
There is a Chinese resteraunt here that wreaks heavily of very strong incense. There is no way I could possibly eat there. I would think they would want you to smell food to get you feeling hungry.
Posted by: Lin, Friday, February 3, 2012, 5:07pm; Reply: 110
I think my sense of smell increases towards soaps since being on a cleaner diet.
And/or possibly while detoxing.
Rather like when I was pregnant smells of newspapers and certain things was very exaggerated and I felt very turned off.
Perhaps it is our body's warning us?
Posted by: D.L., Saturday, February 4, 2012, 6:18pm; Reply: 111
I just got my secretor profile. I am a secretor with an extremely sensitive sense of smell. I can't be around any chemical smells or smoke of any kind. No perfumes, no detergents, no shampoos, no deodorants, etc that smell or I get bad sinus headaches. Cigarette and fireplace smokes give me migraines. For example, one day I was trying on foundation makeup in a department store that was supposedly "organic" and "fragrance-free". I walked around the store a little while with it on my face to see if I should buy any or not. It didn't take long before I got very dizzy and got a bad headache. The woman who applied it removed it as soon as I returned to the counter. This has been my situation for as long as I can remember. Everything chemical that has an order makes me ill. In fact, if I hand wash something and it didn't dry fast enough and has even a slight mildew odor, I have to re-wash it. And after I wash my sheets in fragrance free gentle detergent, I have to let them air out at least a week before I can put them on the bed.
Posted by: zenphoenix, Saturday, March 10, 2012, 12:53am; Reply: 112
Quoted from O in Virginia
Also, the scented candle places.


truly terrible.
makes my head spin just thinking about it.
Posted by: Lin, Sunday, March 11, 2012, 10:23am; Reply: 113

I am very sensitive to perfumes and other strong fragrances.  They usually cause a headache.  I am also aware that my liver is over loaded, this too causes reactions to strong odors.  I am in the process of cleansing the liver and gall bladder.


I suspect this is what is going on with most of us, I know this is true for me.
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 7:30pm; Reply: 114
Quoted from O in Virginia
I love the classic Guerlains.  I love fine fragrance.


Are there any high fashion houses that sell all natural perfumes without the chemicals?

I love Chanel Platinum Egoiste but don't wear it b/c it's not natural...
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 1:03am; Reply: 115
When I pick my husband up from work, I can always tell if he has eaten out by the cooking smells on his clothes ::) Must be the particular oil the restaurants use - luckily it doesn't repulse me ;)
Unlike a perfume a former colleague of his always wears...I am sure she tops up just before heading home as I have been in the bathroom after her...She has asked for a lift home twice now in last few weeks after work functions & I am the designated driver since I don't drink... Weirdly I can get drunk-feeling on her perfume, in the 15-20min drive home & that is with the window down :o
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Friday, April 20, 2012, 5:43am; Reply: 116
I grew up in a houshold where my mom smoked, as I assume most adults did at that time & it never bothered me. Smoking was all around & it was fine. Later in life, certain smoke smells bother me & others don't.
As for the perfume thing, I noticed that since my 50s, perfume really bothers me. Someone suggested it might be the synthetics & I think that must be it!
I often wake up with a cough which usually starts when I get(stand) up. I would think lying down would precipitate coughing as the congestion would flow backward.
I am sensitive to food combinations & have been 'cheating' more in that area. That makes me cough, too.
My sense of smell varies. I assume there is some congestion problem depending on what I eat. [I do avoid dairy & I can imagine how bad things would be if I ate it.] Sometimes I smell faint odors & sometimes not.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Friday, April 20, 2012, 5:48am; Reply: 117
Nowadays, people bathe more & there is less bad breath. I don't think we could go back to the old days. We are more conditioned to breathe fresher air & are spoiled in that area.

As for cooking odors, I like them. They make a  home feel "homey."
Posted by: Possum, Friday, April 20, 2012, 5:53am; Reply: 118
Mrs T - could a varying sense of smell be linked to exposure to environmental & other toxins?! Yesterday I was in a factory that imports/packs natural bathroom products - (body lotions/soaps etc) for nearly a hour... I then came home & ate split peas & later macadamias & reacted to both...
Then this morning, while reading the paper, I could smell the potpouri I had on the table & it wasn't making me feel too good ??) It has been there for years & I never smell it usually (well not that way anyway)
Posted by: paul clucas, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:16pm; Reply: 119
Quoted from 14922


Are there any high fashion houses that sell all natural perfumes without the chemicals?

I love Chanel Platinum Egoiste but don't wear it b/c it's not natural...
The only natural perfume that I have ever heard of is a dash of vanilla extract.  Thank you, Granny of the Beverly Hill Billies.

Extract of rose?  For those not allergic/sensitive - like my wife.

Posted by: Averno, Saturday, August 11, 2012, 9:18pm; Reply: 120
I could do a blind taste test without putting anything in my mouth. Not a blessing, though. I have to turn it down to eat. And I love food! It's just TMI sometimes. The alterations (heating, combinations, seasoning) can sometimes have "corrupting" influence that I smell long before actually tasting.

Natural things are generally OK, Not so chemicals or perversly altered compounds, like synthetic perfumes.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 11:26pm; Reply: 121
Quoted from Averno
Natural things are generally OK, Not so chemicals or perversely altered compounds, like synthetic perfumes.
Even though I have aired rooms, washed bed linen etc since he left on Friday, I still can't quite get the smell of a boarder's products out of my house... :o It is lessening but even my husband can still detect it & the pillow slips have been on the line for days & continue to smell ::)

Posted by: Jacquie, Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:03pm; Reply: 122
My husband is a nonnie and has an incredible sense of smell. I always joke and tell him it's like he's pregnant since pregnant women are supposed to have a heightened sense of smell.  I wouldn't know since I've never been pregnant.  For all I know, I could also be a nonnie - still don't know but I certainly don't have the sense of smell like he has.
Posted by: Jesi, Friday, March 1, 2013, 12:37pm; Reply: 123
I have an amazing sense of smell (and supernatural hearing too!). But I'm not sure about being a nonnie. I still haven't done the test (that's why I put "other".
Posted by: BCgal, Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:53pm; Reply: 124
   It's funny that this thread resurfaced because I was just thinking yesterday how heightened my sense of smell was after 3 days of juice fasting for my Liver Flush last night.
   I do tend to smell things when my husband doesn't.
Posted by: D.L., Monday, May 27, 2013, 10:36pm; Reply: 125
Yes, BCgal. My husband seems to have a bad sense of smell, while I can smell everything. In fact, with my eyes closed I can tell what just about every smell is from. We have to cook meat in a fry pan on an electric eye out on the back porch because the smell of meat cooking makes me nauseated. If he has been working on any project, he has to put his clothes and shoes in the garage. The bleach he puts in the washing machine gives me a headache so he opens all the doors and turns on the fan.The smell of his soap when he takes a shower makes me gag. No perfumes or perfumed detergents for me. Even someone walking past me that has cigarette smoke on the clothes, or the dyes on clothes in department stores starts to give me a headache. Yet he can't smell all that. In the winter when our next-door neighbor starts up the fireplace, I have to stuff cloth in the windows in whatever room I'm in and turn on the air purifier. I know immediately when they start the fire. It has been this way with me since I was exposed to a lot of mold as a child and malathion as a teen.  
Posted by: HolisticFox, Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:31pm; Reply: 126
I selected "other" because I have a hyper sensitive sense of smell for things like good food and sexually aroused members of the opposite sex nearby, but absolutely terrible sense of smell when it comes to things like skunks or the cat box needing to be changed.  Smells that are either slightly pleasant or poor just smell like nothing.
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