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Will a fragrance fool men into thinking you're younger than you are?

Reviewed by Claire December 18, 2008 7 Comments

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Posted by Claire

Among the claims of the makers of Ageless Anti-Age Perfume ($120, 3.04 oz):

"Inspired by recent scientific discoveries and clinical trials, we have developed a perfume called AGELESS FANTASY™. Precious. New. Enchanting. Exclusively ours. Our patent-pending fragrance elixir defies your skin's natural age-revealing scent. Research has proven that men around women who use Ageless Fantasy™ believe them to be at least 8 years younger! Remarkable! Ageless Fantasy™ is an aromatic essence of pink grapefruit, mango, anti-oxidant rich pomegranate, jasmine and musk. A miracle in the field of beauty. A dramatically different perfume."

Now, I can understand any woman wanting to smell younger, or at least not smell old. But precious? No, thank you! What is the smell of age, anyway? Medicated cream? Prunes? The acute smell of organs shutting down? Maybe. After all, the latter claim was held up as hypothesis in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Enter Oscar the cat: a feline nursing home denizen with the "uncanny ability to predict when [nursing home] residents are about to die" that has "presided over the deaths of more than 25 residents," according to David M. Dosa, M.D., M.P.H., author of "A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat." (N Engl J Med. 2007 Jul 26;357(4):328-9). Like Oscar, other members of the animal kingdom are purported to be able to sniff out patients with lung cancer (as dogs are apparently able to do) or pick up the sweet aroma of kidney or liver failure (as is the case in nurses with well-developed olfactory capabilities).

So maybe this isn't B.S. after all. We'll see. Over the Holidays, I'm going to be conducting a few "clinical studies" of my own. Returning home for the winter holiday season is a prime opportunity to see if my new scent will call back old lovers or entice new ones to my side. Look for my results next month, as well as an upcoming post on the science of scent.

Related posts:

Dept of Daft: Pheradore

An olfactious examination of Ageless' anti-aging perfume

The science of scent: increasing penile blood flow, making women feel better about themselves

A perfume to aid in the art of seduction

  • March 31, 2009

    by Val

    Absolutely Aquolina Pink Sugar. I put my life on it.

    Pink Sugar
    Stylish and lively, with a distinctive personality, Pink Sugar takes you on a journey through the pleasures and flavors of childhood with a playful blend of vanilla and caramel.

    Notes:
    Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Licorice, Strawberry, Red Fruit, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood, Powder.
    Style:
    Playful. Mischievous. Romantic.


    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P44903

  • February 4, 2009

    by Aroma Expert

    geranium is widely used in many womens fragrances aswell as jasmine , grapefruit perfume is very cleansing , i've used ginger and grapefruit together with sandalwood

  • December 23, 2008

    by Farah

    Jasmine & musk are so common and they reveal great smell too. But never heard of a grapefruit perfume..... that seems quite different

  • December 21, 2008

    by Kathleen

    ginger is phoooey, sounds like chinese takeout- give me something sweet-

  • December 19, 2008

    by JulieK

    For me, scent is a personal thing, and it would take a lot (me loving it, for starters) to get me to wear something other than Origins ginger essense. Which, by the way, I get tons of "male" compliments and queries so they can pick it up for their ladies. That's endorsement enough for me- plus I love it. =) ~jk

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