I have a very sensitive sense of smell. In Nursing you must use all of your senses in observation and assessment of patients. The sense of sight to note color and appearance or facial expression. The sense of touch to note temperature, moisture or dryness, texture and edema. The sense of hearing for breath, bowel and heart sounds. The sense of smell for the odor of infection. Blood has a smell.
I am sensitive to scents that people wear whether mens cologne or ladies perfume. I really don’t like it when people drench themselves in scent. It can be overpowering and not in a good way.
Heavy scents are really bad for people with allergies or people sick in the hospital. I was told in Nursing School that it is not good for Nurses to wear perfume when working with patients. It can be uncomfortable for them and cause nausea.
I recently read a novel about a young girl coming of age in the South called Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal. It is set in New Orleans. I have always thought that part of the country romantic and mysterious. A place of Cajuns, zydeco, jazz, voodoo, bayou, mardi gras and the French Quarter. In the book the main character, Ibby, is taken to a perfumery by her grandmother. The owner makes up special perfumes for each client. The client gets to choose the scents that are blended together to make one unique perfume.
I do not wear perfume every day. I usually wear it when dressing up for a special occasion. I guess I think of it as something special for a special time. I like Chanel No. 5. I have had some bottles of it for several years and they have held their fragrance.
When you shop for perfume you can spray it on a small paper card to sample the various fragrances. Your nose will wear out after sampling a few. Scent overload.
Perfume scents will smell differently on different people. It has to do with our individual body chemistries. We have our natural pheromones as well. Our own natural smell that is supposed to attract us to each other.
Many smells can be appetizing. Like the smell of fresh bread, coffee and fresh soup on the stove. Yesterday the smell of the giblets cooking with onions and celery on the stove and later the stuffed turkey roasting in the oven filled the house. When the kids or my husband came in the house they said it smelled great. I remarked that I should bottle the scent and market it. I could call it Debbie’s Thanksgiving.