You may have been reflected trying to bring the nose closer to the armpit for fear of body odor. However, you don't even smell anything, whether it's a body odor or a perfume that's just sprayed into a shirt. Have you ever wondered why you could smell someone else's body, but can't smell your own body? Find out the following facts.
The human nose can detect trillions of odor
Entering the rainy season, you can breathe in the scent of a soothing smell of soil. So also with the smell of grass after the rain, the aroma of the pizza appetizing, to the smell of socks that are not tasty because of sweating.
You can even smell the body or scent of other people's perfume when you're nearby. Because indeed, a study in the Journal of Nature in 2014 reveals that humans have the ability to smell one trillion types of smells in the world, Lho!
You may have been diligent in bathing and using deodorant so as to avoid unpleasant body odor. But without realizing it, friends at the table next door still dodge and complain of unpleasant smell. Instantly your reflexes smell the armpit, but apparently not smell anything. Kok can, huh?
Why is it hard to smell your own body?
It is very easy to smell another person's body. Yes, you just sit next to it and can directly smell it. But unfortunately, this is not the case if you try to smell your own body. Why can it be so, huh?
This condition is called olfactory fatigue, which is when the human sense of smell is accustomed to smell and recognize certain types of odor. So often, the smell receptors in the nose become tired and eventually stop detecting the type of odor. This is also true as you try to smell your own body.
It is expressed by Pamela Dalton, a psychologist from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. It reveals that when you smell a certain odor for the first time, the odor receptors in the nose will send a signal to the brain and determine whether this odor includes a fragrant odor or a foul odor.
However, when you constantly smell the same scent every day, your brain will be accustomed to receiving a signal that recognizes the smell. At this point, the brain will think of it as unimportant information anymore.
For example, you install an automatic room freshener with a lavender fragrance in the room. The air freshener can be set to spray the scent of its fragrance every 5, 10, or 30 minutes.
At first, you may be aware whenever a lavender scent is spread to the whole room. Over time, your nose gets used to smell the lavender's scent until it doesn't recognize it anymore. You can also do the usual activities in the room, as if not smelling any scent.
Likewise, when you wear perfume, you can't smell the scent of perfume that you wear every day. However, when you replace the perfume, the smell receptors on the nose will send a signal to the brain to recognize the new smell type. Again and again, your nose will shortly get used to it and make you unable to smell the body or scent of that perfume anymore. Soon.
How to smell the body smell yourself?
Actually, you can smell your own body, you know! wait first. This is not by lifting the hand and bringing the nose to the armpit so smell, yes.
You need other objects in order to smell your own body. Not by rubbing the surface of the armpit and smelling your finger, but by releasing the shirt and sniffing the smell of the shirt.
Likewise, if you want to check the bad breath. You can of course not smell the mouth by blowing your palms and sniffing the smell. The way, lick the back of your hand or arm and let the water drain dry. After that, try the area of the skin you are licking earlier.
Well, now you can try to smell the body odor or smell your own mouth. Good luck!