This last week I was able to work with Febreze and learn a little more about being nose blind. Febreze sent me a great little package of some of their great products. My job was to invite over some friends (that’s my sweet neighbor above) to watch a show and participate in a survey. We took the survey’s first, made some popcorn, watched a show, and then took another survey. Basically, they wanted to know what my house smelt like. It was a little nerve wracking In the end, it made sense.
When I was a kid, my friend’s house had a very distinct smell. It wasn’t a bad smell, but their house had a smell for sure. One time I made a comment that something smelled like her house, and she asked me what I meant. I said, “This thing smells like your house!” She actually argued with me and said, “No it doesn’t! My house doesn’t smell like that.” She didn’t realize what her house smelled like. I just smiled and nodded but that item really did smell like her house.
Fast forward some years to my current residence. I try to always have a plug in going so I don’t forget to blow out a candle, and so if someone comes by unexpectedly they smell the plug in. I just want my house to smell good. I don’t want it to smell like “that house.” I didn’t understand the chemistry behind it, but Febreze enlightened me.
Basically, our noses are designed to help us figure out dangers. Fire, poisonous plants, things like that. At some point, your nose recognizes certain familiar smells and categorizes them as not dangerous. That way it can focus on less familiar smells that require action. Odors from various activities are released in your home where they can stay airborne or deposit on soft surfaces that act like odor-magnets. This is where your house get’s it’s “smell.” … The same way my friend’s house had a certain smell to it when you walked in that I could recognize, and she couldn’t.
Luckily, there is a simple solution to nose blindness! Febreze actually contains a molecule known as Cyclodextrin that traps and eliminates bad odors. This patented technology is why Febreze is the best air freshener-it eliminates the odor instead of just masking it, which our smart noses can detect. You know all the Febreze commercials where they have people in some dank places, but they have no idea because it smells good? Those people don’t realize where they are because Febreze products eliminated the smell and didn’t mask it. After we watched the show and ate the popcorn, I sprayed some Febreze…. and we agreed that it did work.
This post was sponsored by Febreze! But, these are my opinions since all they actually asked me to was to use their product.