Folks, it’s been a bit of a rough start to 2021, hence this lame post. I still can’t smell much and it definitely got worse this summer; COVID antibody tests are negative so who knows. Good news is, as a result food’s so uninteresting I’m losing weight despite being 20 feet from my kitchen all day lol. I expect there’ll be a lot more research into sense of smell thanks (?) to COVID.
In the meantime I’ve started a daily regimen of smell-training, which is super simple (details online everywhere), you pick four essential oils and concentrate on smelling them twice a day. The standard options are floral (rose), citrus (lemon), spice (clove), green/herbal (eucalyptus) although you can choose your own assortment, just make them consistent. And they don’t have to be essential oils, you can use a jar of herbs for example.
Nobody on Earth’s going to make me smell rose every day, so I use my tiny bottle of majmua attar, which is floral and green and magical and makes me happy even if I can barely smell it. And I chose sweet orange oil instead of lemon because it’s supposed to be a mood booster. You know it’s a rough time when you can’t smell eucalyptus, which is sometimes the case. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted.
Weirdly, I seem better able to perceive ambient scent in the background than perfume or body products on myself, so I’ve been using my lovely Trapp wax melts set in dishes on the radiators (thanks, Anita!), plus a few candles. Favorite candles right now are the Thymes Frasier Fir I bought for the holidays – man, those things last forever, who knew? I’m also trying out a few candles from Beauty Pie; they’re nice but not amazing, the surprise hit for me has been the gingerbread almond blossom (a holiday LE I think, it’s still available on their UK site) which seems way sweeter than something I’d usually like, but combined with the Frasier Fir it’s lovely.
What are you smelling these days?