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Campfire Cologne Makes You Smell Like Burning

Are you looking for a way to smell more like a camper and less like an apartment renter/part time yoga class attendee? You’re life is missing the smell of the great outdoors- a campfire made from twigs and branches you gathered at the last minute because you were starting to get cold. Campfire Cologne has all the [...]

How Male Beetles Attract The Ladies: The Smell of Sex and Death

We all know that in order to attract mates, we need to smell good. But for the hide beetles (Dermestes maculatus), smelling good with sex pheromones is not enough. They need an extra oomph [...]

Old People Smell Really Does Exist!

Old people really do smell – that’s right, science has proven that the elderly has body odor that is distinct from that of younger people. The good news? Old people actually don’t smell bad: Research conducted at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in [...]

What Causes That “Fresh Cut Grass” Smell?

Lab image via Shutterstock Trauma, that’s what. It’s the smell of chemical defenses and first aid. The fresh, “green” scent of a just-mowed lawn is the lawn trying to save itself from the injury you just inflicted. Leafy plants release a number of volatile organic compounds called green leaf volatiles (GLVs). When the plants are injured, [...]

Eau de Apple: The MacBook Pro Fragrance

To Apple fanboys, the smell of a new MacBook Pro has got to be the equivalent of that new car smell. And now, it’s in fragrance form, thanks to Melbourne-based performance artists Gavin Bell, [...]

How Old Books Get That Distinctive Smell

(YouTube Link) This succinct yet informative video reveals how old books get that distinctive smell we bibliophiles know and love, and illustrates the tell tale signs of book deterioration. Watching it immediately brought the smell to mind, and I had to take one of my oldest editions off the shelf for a quick sniff. Yay for reading [...]

Eau de Pope: Cologne Designed Just for The Pope

Does the Pope smell good? That’s like asking the question whether he’s Catholic – of course he smells good, thanks to a custom cologne developed just for him: The cologne is meant to reflect the [...]

You Too Can Smell Like The Hulk

JADS International has decided to release a line of perfumes based on The Avengers, including a “Yuzu, bergamot and tarragon create clean, clear top notes along with unexpected accords of water lily and nutmeg,” scent that apparently reflects the scent of The Hulk. While the colognes probably don’t smell anything like the real heroes would [...]

Honeybees Trained To Smell TB

Bees have an impressive sense of smell and New Zealand biologists now believe they may be able to train them to help identify people with tuberculosis by the faint floral odor victims of the disease develop. “When we tested them with the tuberculosis odours we found the bees can still smell it down to parts [...]

Wake Up and Smell the … Internet?

Meet Olly, a "web connected smell robot" that converts tweets, Facebook notifications, RSS feeds – whatever you want – into smells: Olly has a removable section in the back which you can fill with [...]