Coffee. Fresh-baked cookies. Christmas tree. Burnt toast. Wet dog. Cinnamon. Mint.
These are pretty universal smells, but often it’s a little more difficult to pick out what we are detecting, especially when it’s in a glass of wine or bottle of soap. It smells good! is a wonderful way to let someone know you enjoyed the experience, but not very helpful when it comes to actually describing
What we need is a rubric/framework to categorize, identify, and describe what we are smelling. Here are some well-known “fragrance wheels” you’ll find helpful in finding just the right descriptor.
Armed with these magic scent decoder rings, now’s the time to engage in an olfactory workout, so grab your favorite yoga pants, and brew a cup of tea, because you’re going to want to watch this short video on how to improve your sense of smell. You, too, can be the life of the party with your newfound nasal acuity!
For example, next time when getting together with your foodie friends over wine, play “name that spice” - it’s surprisingly fun and challenging, and a great way to train your nose and palate!