The sense of smell is one of the brain’s best mechanisms for adding context to memories. It’s the reason many people associate the aroma of freshly baked cookies with the holidays. Science at work can still be a bit of a mystery, but the big lesson is that you can use fragrance to your advantage if you know a few helpful tricks.
Giving a distinctive fragrance will almost always ensure that on some distant anniversary, she uncorks that distilled scent from a distant evening or weekend and remembers how wonderful it felt to spend special moments in your home. Read more
This may sound fanciful, but the fragrance has power, whether it’s the noxious smell of rotten cabbage or the sweet smell of jasmine blooming in the evening at sunset. The smell can be a time capsule. Giving you a wonderful fragrance that you love has a couple of other benefits, too. You’ll earn significant relationship points for discerning taste and romantic savoir-faire. You’ll also get bonus points (although no one is keeping score) for choosing a difficult option when candy or flowers would have been a safer bet. She will love the fact that you take risks.
If you thought you could get away with selecting a fragrance that you like and use as a practical explanation for your choice (wrapped in a pretty bow), please try again. There are no easy ways out when choosing a perfume or cologne that you will wear and enjoy. If you’re not attracted to the scent, it will eventually end up in the back of your lingerie drawer, never to be used again.