smelling experimental stuff

The last few days were somewhat factory driven. And there was no time to paint or play.

But I always took some experimental, new, exciting trials with  me and while labelling or packaging or answering emails I was smelling what I came up with over the last few weeks. Some tauerville, some Tauer Perfumes. Some a bit crazy, some a bit boring.

To me, these wearings of new experimental formulas, on skin, and smelling for hours, are important. After a couple of wearings I know how a scent develops on my skin. It does -unfortunately- does not mean that it would smell identically on somebody else. And it does not mean that what I smell will be what others smell.

Smelling is very individual and we all have gaps, things that we do not smell, although we should. And we are all conditioned by what we smelled before. And the conditioning goes on and on.

And then, there's another way  of conditioning, too: There is our expectation of what we think we will be smelling that influences what we smell. Here's where the power of words and pictures plays a role.

But at least my testing of new scents allows me to say: Yes, it sits there for a couple of hours. That's already something.

The rest of the week will see me more or less in the factory. Thus, still not much time to paint. Only quick sketches like the one going with this post. A quick meditation for 10-15 minutes.


6 thoughts on “smelling experimental stuff”

  • I wonder if where we live also affects our ability to smell. London is quite a polluted city. I suspect cities in Switzerland are cleaner and greener.

  • National Geographic magazine did a special issue on the science of smell and among all the scientific studies that were reported, the one I remember the most is that the memory of smell is one of the strongest memories in man, maybe even the strongest. I know for me it is. As a child a suffered a serious burn on my hand. Our doctor made his own remedies (he was amazing!) made a black ointment for me that took away the pain and healed beautifully - it was magical. I have always loved the scent of that ointment and although he is long gone, as an adult I discovered that birch tar must have been in it for when I first smelled birch tar, the memories of that miracle ointment came right into the present. I have had a love of birch tar ever since.

  • Interesting, Laraffinee: I have heard of birchtar being used as insect repellent, but I was not aware that it might have wound healing , soothing properties. ... but I can totally relate: I long the smell and taste of my doctor's home made cough syrup

  • I think that is true Peter. I have two homes, one in a suburb and one downtown in a large city, and I noticed my perfumes wear differently in each city. I am sure that the weather affects it too, as the weather is much drier in the suburb than in the big city, and the ambient smells are different.

  • hotlanta linda 25. February 2016 at 0:08

    Your sketch kooks hope-ful - as in your trials may be on their way to successes! :-) ``Lookin` Up`` from Sir Paul :-)

  • My partner and I enjoyed reading this blog post, I was just itching to know do you ever trade featured articles or blog posts? I am always looking for someone to make trades with and simply thought I'd ask.


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