Does a certain scent bring a specific color to mind when you smell it? Does it evoke memories of years ago, your childhood, a favorite moment, a loved one or vacation spot? Everyone's perceptions about scent are different. I'd be curious to know if you can see an image/color very clearly in your mind when you smell, say, a freshly cut lawn or sliced watermelon, a leather-backed chair or old an book. On that same line of thought, I'd also be curious to know if you see a color in your mind despite being color-blind.
My father was color-blind. He loved to paint but eventually resorted to doing pictures in a paint-by-numbers method to overcome the colorblindness he suffered from as adulthood faded into more advanced years. I am a carrier but have no problem discerning magenta from plum. To my knowledge none of my sons are profoundly color-blind.
Additionally, I also blend colors in my mind to see what it would be before using any micas for a custom blend in a soap. That mental blending also applies to fragrances, which is handy since some are rather expensive and now more than ever it helps save time & money with the global shortages of many fragrances & aromachems following industrial fires and plant production losses.
So far, I haven't gone 'nose-blind' and hope (knocking wood vigorously here!) I never do. My husband was my professional 'nose' for my business for several years but with some of his medications affecting his sense of taste and by extension smell, it's often a broad difference of opinion on what smells good to me versus him. I wish he could smell things the way he used to, but sadly those meds are too important to give up for a chance to taste or smell things as they should be.
If sniff sticks are blind tested, bottle labels not visible, one with notes of cucumber or honeydew melon would smell green to me.
Coconut + lime+ verbena would smell white despite the lime because of its accompanying notes. Clean cotton or a clothesline fresh scent would also be a white scent. Tiare flowers, jasmine and gardenia are white.
Roses vary greatly in fragrance oils as widely as they do when sniffing a blossom in full bloom due to the variations in their colors. Reds smell nothing like peach, yellow or white roses. One of my fragrance oils places me in a florists shop with notes of cool, dew-kissed green leaves and soft peachy-pink petals.
Amber, myrrh, frankincense would be golden. Warm .
Woodsy notes, some mossy notes (a greenish gray or greenish brown), would be brown like a tree's rough bark beneath a bright sun.
Lemons would be yellow, light, bright yellow. Pink Grapefruit is pinkish-yellow and slightly sweet. Limes are still a bright color of pale green with hints of pale yellow.
Marine notes would be sunbleached blues to deep, intense blues.
Purple is berries or grapes in my mind.
Bay Rum reminds me of my grandfather. A tall man with a sharp mind and big, open heart that whistled in chords and sang tenor in his church choir. Wicked sense of humor as well.
What do you picture when you smell these things? Do you think your mental visualization is influenced in any way by personal experiences, people from your past or present, places you've traveled?
Hi and welcome to the Bubble Hut! I'm Neecy, aka Dee (Denise) Gunter. I'm the solo maker of Neecy's Necessities, which has been around since 2010. I'm a certified advanced soap maker and member of Hand Crafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild. I'm an adventurous soap maker, frequently trying new things to make things even better yet I know when to stop when it's just fine as is. Follow along while I work in the Bubble Lab in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.