Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bird Dog Nose Gone Bad



My nose is always sensitive.  That's a given.

But yesterday, my sense of smell was bionic - distorted, really - in its intensity.

First, I applied Gris Clair by Serge Lutens as my Scent of the Day.  This is a perfume that I love with notes of lavender, sage and wet concrete.  Yesterday, though, I experienced it as screechy and bitter. 

In an attempt to tone it down, I added a spritz of 'Dirt' by Demeter.  This worked, but I was hyper aware of my perfume all day.

Later on, I attended a lunch meeting for about 20 people.  Our menu included boxed salads, rolls and various dessert items.  The following scents were swirling through the air:

)  Unwashed hair
)  Halls cherry flavored cough drops
)  Day old lettuce
)  Sliced meat
)  Metal back chairs

The combined assault of these smells prevented me from eating my lunch, even though I was damn hungry.  I poured a diet Dr. Pepper into a Styrofoam cup early in the meeting, but the smell of the soft drink and the cup, each time I took a sip, was simply overwhelming.

My surroundings had become aromatically intolerable.

What caused this hypersensitivity?  I have no idea.  

Today, I'm back to my regular old bird dog nose.

photo from kickapookennels.com

8 comments:

  1. Josephine, having been ill recently and quite senstive to smell,I can understand where you're coming from. The only smell you mention that turns my stomach is that of unwashed hair. Yuck!

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  2. I read somewhere recently that a woman's sense of smell can become heightened as a result of hormone fluctuations.

    This week, I've noticed my sense of smell has become quite sharp, and I'm also really cranky, so perhaps it's true...

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  3. I was going to suggest ye olde hormones too!

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  4. Michael, I hope you're feeling better! Yes, unwashed hair can be very unappetizing. I did manage to come back to normal a bit by evening.

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  5. JoanElaine - I know in my heart that you're right, but I was living in hormone denial for as long as possible! From now on, I will pay closer attention and perhaps I will be able to see it coming next time.

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  6. Hi Vanessa - I think you're onto something! Amazing that didn't dawn on me at the time. Denial ain't just a river...

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  7. OMG - I'm glad to have stumbled across this post while googling birddogs. I have always had a strong sense of smell, so I sympathize with your difficulties! Now that I'm middle-aged, it has indeed gotten worse... which my family hates because I cannot deal with so many pet-related things! I'm sure you understand. I guess I'm writing to let you know you're not alone. All the things you list are some of my most unpleasant smelling experiences. Yuck.

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  8. Helen, hello and thanks for stopping by! How nice to meet a fellow sensitive nose. Yes, I do understand that sometimes the smells of life can be simply overwhelming - I'm a bit high maintenance when it comes to aroma.

    By the way, I browsed through your blog and found it delightful! You have inspired me already to spend more time outside and appreciate the beauty around me.

    Happy New Year!

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