Decoding the science and symphony of scents

Molecular Language: Scents are a molecular language. Each scent we perceive is due to specific molecules that stimulate receptors in our noses.

Perception and Memory: The olfactory bulb, where smell is processed, is closely linked with brain areas associated with memory and emotion.

Complexity in Simplicity: Despite there being only about 400 different types of olfactory receptors, humans can distinguish between an estimated 1 trillion different odors.

1. Chemical Composition: Each scent is made up of various volatile chemical compounds. For example, the scent of a rose is due to a combination of over 275 different compounds.

1. Chemical Composition: Each scent is made up of various volatile chemical compounds. For example, the scent of a rose is due to a combination of over 275 different compounds.

Symphony of Scents: Perfumers often describe creating scents as akin to composing music. They use a combination of "notes" (scents) that harmonize together.