Tag Archive for 'culture'

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Young Singles in L.A. Sniff Out a Mate
Essays May 22nd, 2012

Young Singles in L.A. Sniff Out a Mate

Several research studies have shown that people are attracted to members of the opposite sex based on their body smell. To be specific, we are attracted to those who have opposite genetic markers than ourselves, with the evolutionary reason that the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents is more likely to be healthy. From a relationship [...]

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Smell Receptors Clustered by Pleasantness
Featured September 27th, 2011

Smell Receptors Clustered by Pleasantness

Many research studies have pointed out the large range of scent preferences by culture. For example, Asian cultures find the smell of certain cheeses repulsive, while Europeans enjoy or at least put up with their distinct aromas. In Ethiopia, the cattle-raising Dassanetch people love the smell of cow urine and manure and use them on [...]

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Justin Bieber Launches Scented Dog Tags and Bracelets
News April 4th, 2011

Justin Bieber Launches Scented Dog Tags and Bracelets

Justin Bieber, teen singing star, has launched a new line of scented dog tag necklaces and bracelets. The jewelry features hisphotos and graphics and comes in pink or purple. The signature scent is bergamot, lychee and pomegranate, with cedar and musk and is described as “flirty, sophisticated and fun.”
They can be purchased at Walmart, CVS [...]

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HBO Spends a Bundle on Scent Kit to Promote ‘Game of Thrones’
Featured March 24th, 2011

HBO Spends a Bundle on Scent Kit to Promote ‘Game of Thrones’

In an over-the-top marketing kit, HBO has distributed a number of scent kits to promote its upcoming series “Game of Thrones” based on the fantasy book by George R.R. Martin. Each kit consists of a wooden box (see photos below) with authentic looking scrolls and vials of various scents from the scenes in the story. [...]

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A Pleasing Fragrance: Scent and Spirituality
Featured March 2nd, 2011

A Pleasing Fragrance: Scent and Spirituality

When we think about spirituality and religion, we normally associate various teachings, quotations, ideas and theology. But the idea of fragrance is actually featured prominently in many spiritual teachings in western culture.
Judaism
The Hebrew Scriptures mention smell in a positive way. In Numbers, the incense offering in the Holy Temple was to produce “a satisfying aroma” [...]

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