Diversification of the use of smell

Smell as a mean of communication and a channel of personal expression has unlimited potential for growth because it is capable of evoking memories much more in depth than vision or sound can, and the lack of its development implies, among other things, darkening our memories.

As a possibility to assume and take advantage of this reality, we can resize our concept of smell, to see smells as a mechanism for conscious exploration in our life.

In addition, it would be about making that change through nature. After all, it is not about mistreating the nose, but about re-educating the system.

Scent work at Nidore Essentia

Starting from the basic symbology in which a smell can make externalization easier –it is fresh-, or, on the other hand, make internalization easier –it is warm-; we could start to think about personal or group experimentation topics; These topics would even be “work niches”, as didactic units through which to develop our olfactory awareness.

Our work with smells is based on the work of Howes, Synnot and Classen, in which they propose a well-defined and clear list to begin understanding odors and which is, at the same time, an empirical form of classification:

  1. Natural scents. Body odor is a good example of this niche, but we could expand it to a wider range of registers and fragrances such as different natural environments, like the seashore, the jungle or the smell of the earth after rain. More specific, like the smell of herbs, woods, spices, flowers, resins or balsams.
  2. Manufactured odors. We enter the space of synthetic smells, such as perfumes, which already have a path of work already done, or as natural products such as wine, cheeses, honeys and soaps.
  3. Connoted odors. An extraordinary subject that is an academic subject of anthropology and sociology, which allows us to explore the beliefs in other cultures regarding smell and how they have been included it in their speech, their way of structuring themselves as societies and in their vision of the world. It is from this perspectives that we can understand smell having classification functions: odors being using to put an order and/or  distinguish), as well as smell dynamic functions (it serves to ritualize, regularize and normalize our reality).


We can speak of a more empirical classification in terms of natural odors, manufactured odors, and include connoted odors that, although intangible, are very real and measurable.

To this empirical classification we add the symbolic one that we have already talked about.


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