‘How fragrant your cologne, your name is like the spreading fragrance. No wonder all the young women love you’
Most people I know avoid reading the songs of Solomon and I keep wondering why. This guy is supposed to be the wisest, most romantic guy that ever walked our planet, right? So I decide to dig into the guy’s words left for us thousands of years ago and find out what his deal was. So here goes.
Here, in the sentence above, this babe was waxing poetic about what the dude smelled like, it must have made such an impression, so much so that it got documented. I imagine he must have poured on his royal self some high-profile perfume, probably custom-made and all.The use of perfumes have been thought/limited to fashion statements. You wear Hugo Boss and you are badder than the guy that wears DKNY (or whatever). It is definitely a fashion statement, proof of financial standing yea, but beyond that, what is it? What does what you smell like depict of u?
It has been noted that our sense of smell is the strongest of all the five senses. Stronger than sight or taste. This is because it is the one that is most intensely connected with memory. You will most likely remember what an ex smelled like even when you don’t remember the face anymore just by getting a whiff of the fragrance the person wore. One could argue that even taste which we mostly think of as providing us with pleasure, can warn us of food that is spoilt or keep us from ingesting harmful substances. But unlike the other senses, the olfactory nerves go to two destinations in our brains. One is the frontal cortex where we consciously recognize a scent and the second is the limbic area of the brain which deals with emotion, motivation and types of memory. And for this reason, smelling a fragrance will not just give you the deja vu feeling, it will take you to the actual memory, either with fondness or with sadness/disdain/annoyance, depending on what the person represented to you.
Can the importance of what we smell like be over emphasized? I imagine King Sol must have smelled like a million bucks for what he smelled like to have made such an impression. People will remember us more for what we smelled like long after we are gone than for what we looked like, yet we pay more attention to what we look like. If you know you have the dreaded BO, why not take a cue from one of the most romantic dudes of the past times and douse yourself with the most expensive fragrance you can lay your hands on. Stop complaining about not being able to get a girl/guy and take action. Even for married folks, smelling good isn’t just for when we want to go out. Smell good around the house for your family. Your children will go out, get a whiff of your fragrance and instantly remember you with fondness. Smell good in bed for your spouse, have a special fragrance for ‘bed time’ . Practice it for a week and that fragrance becomes printed in your brain as the night/rest/lovemaking/cuddling smell. Imagine getting a whiff of that during a stressful day, boss biting your head off and all, it will instantly trigger that memory of ease and comfort, with an accompanying improvement on such a day. Smelling good is not overrated, it is worth paying attention to. Not just to the use of perfumes, after-shaves or deodorants but to the actual fragrances that aptly defines us.
So get cracking folks, lets shake things up!