The scent of a designer’s bedroom, the scent of your favourite coffee, the smell of a massage oil.
They all have a similar impact on our health, but they’re all important things to smell.
We can smell them.
So why are they important?
Because the chemicals in these products create the aroma, and the smell can help us with the health of our skin, our moods and even our body’s immune systems.
And, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the molecules in designer fragrance are actually a way to protect us from the chemicals that are in common household cleaners.
This means you might not smell as much when you’re cleaning your office, but you’re actually less likely to suffer from a health condition such as allergies, asthma or eczema that comes with the chemical fumes.
This could mean the difference between life and death.
In the study, researchers from the University of Minnesota conducted a controlled clinical trial of 10 women who were randomly assigned to one of three groups.
The first group received a 20-minute treatment of perfume in the morning, then an overnight treatment followed by an overnight washout.
The second group received an eight-hour washout, followed by a 20 minutes treatment.
The final group received the same washout treatment followed up with a 30-minute shower and a 10-minute massage.
After three weeks, all women in the treatment group reported improvements in their skin health, compared with those in the control group.
The results showed that the women in each group experienced a significant decrease in their daily symptoms and fatigue.
They also reported feeling better overall.
This suggests that the effects of fragrance may be related to its antibacterial properties.
Researchers hypothesised that the chemicals used in fragrance can disrupt the balance between our gut bacteria and our immune systems, which can lead to more allergic symptoms and even worse skin.
“We think the molecules that we are exposed to in the environment could be an important part of how these molecules impact our immune system,” said lead author Erin Roeske, a doctoral student in the University’s Department of Biology.
“It’s possible that these chemicals could be involved in some of the health benefits of fragrance.”
In other words, fragrance could actually help protect us against the chemicals we’re exposed to daily.
“There’s a great deal of potential that could be used to identify the chemical pathways that are involved in fragrant odours and help us develop better fragrances,” Roeskel said.
And if you’re interested in learning more about how this study was conducted, you can download a PDF of the study here.
For more information, visit the study’s website.
A fragrance expert and the leader of a fragrance company are also featured in this story.
This article originally appeared on The Huffington Store.