The Power of Our Sense of Smell

November 15, 2019

It’s true, we often take our sense of smell for granted and don’t appreciate the unbelievable power it holds. Never underestimate it, take a look at these incredible facts about our nose and how it smells!

Interesting Info About Our Sense of Smell

The First Out of Five Senses to Develop

Did you know that smell is the first sense to develop? Before we are even born, it is completely functional and therefore starts to play a major role in our early personal development stages.

Then Smell Peaks at Different Stages of Our Lives

There are multiple different stages where our sense of smell is heightened. The three main times in our lives where it is most intense is:

  • During our late teens, around 18, and thereafter it will gradually decline.
  • During the Spring and Summer seasons, due to the high levels of moisture in the air.
  • During pregnancy, a woman’s sense of smell is significantly hypersensitive.

Battle of the Sexes

It has been scientifically proven that women have a stronger sense of smell than men do and are more capable of identifying specific aromas. This is because the female orbital prefrontal region of the brain is more developed than male.

How Many Different Smells?

Due to the 10 million receptors in our noses, we can identify over 1 trillion different smells! As the specific number hasn’t been determined yet, it could be even more than this.

Unique and Personal to You

No one’s sense of smell is exactly the same. Each aroma that reaches our noses can be slightly different to how it reaches someone else’s, due to our different genes that determine our body tissue type. Therefore, the scents we enjoy are entirely unique to us! 

Treat Your Sense of Smell with Illumens

At Illumens, we have created an extensive range of fragrances that you can enjoy throughout your home. Take a look at our collections today!