The human sense of smell has been the same for more than 6 000 years.
There are scientists believing that is the reason most of us experience certain scents the same, as extra energizing.
Natural fragrances have been used to affect the human body and mind since ancient times. This text is about human olfactory and its connections to the beginning of mankind. It also contains a few lines about our powerful room scent Litsea. Please read on and you will see why they are connected.
Energy through scent
The world's first mentioned perfume maker was named Tapputi, she lived and worked in Mesopotamia two thousand years ago. Tapputi was a chemist who used, among other things, oil, resin and various types of plant extracts.
She distilled her scent preparations just like a modern perfumist and then prescribed them to her clients. They probably sought her help to get rid of a physical illness or to get help with a troublesome emotional life.
Exactly what Tapputi prescribed her fragrances for, nobody knows for sure. Based on what we know about her choice of ingredients, today we would probably classify several of her perfumes as energizing, if given the opportunity to try them.
"These scents are perceived
by many as invigorating"
Fresh light scents
A great deal of modern scientific studies, done long after Tapputis, heyday, show that our mood, stress resistance and working spirit definitely can be influenced by scents. Read more about it here.
Fragrances such as various citrus tones, fresh grass and light fruity fragrances are often used by modern perfumers to add freshness and lightness to a fragrance. Many of us perceive these scents as invigorating, That conclusion had been made also in scientific contexts outside the perfume house's hunt for the perfect top note.
A few years ago, a Spanish scientist, Manuel Zarzo, tried to come up with a theory that explains why so many of us perceive these scents as fresh and energizing. He wrote in a scientific article about his project, published in 2013, that our fragrance centers were developed and shaped while we were still living the nomadic life in temperate climate in the area of East Africa.
Zazo therefore concluded that smells similar to those we as hunters and collectors encountered during the cooler and crispier months on the savannah are still perceived as invigorating even today. While the scents associated with the hottest African high summer days, such as burnt tones, musk and vanilla, are perceived as heavy.
Those kind of heavy scents, according to Zarzo's theory, makes us not at all alert. They were all around when the heat was trembling, making it impossible to hunt or move at all during the day.
"They resemble scents we felt on the savanna"
Citrus and rosemary provide power
No matter whether Zarzo is right in his assumptions or not, we at Sniph have used some of our healthiest citrus tones when we created Litsea, our most energizing room scent in the series we have chosen to call The Presence Collection.
For the attentive nose, tones of rosemary are also noticeable, scents that in scientific tests have proven to have positive effects on our memory and ability to concentrate.
The goal of Litsea has been to create a scent that sharpens your senses and helps you find power. Perhaps a bit like a sprawling fresh spring day in eastern Africa felt, a couple of thousand years ago?