Updated: Oct 19, 2020
To most people, a smell isn't just a fragrance, it's a memory. The aroma of sugar cookies, reminds you of Mom's kitchen. The smell of a certain flower takes you back to gardening with Grandma. All these nostalgic ties aren't just a coincidence -- there's science behind why we cherish these aromas.
Research has shown that fragrances have significant effects on mood, stress, depression, irritation, happiness, sensuality, stimulation and relaxation. Our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional center of our brain. This means a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings can occur with a simple sniff. Unlike touch or taste, scents are directly correlated with past experiences and being.
It's no wonder that everyone can identify a particular scent as "home".