Olfactory Fatigue — what is that?

July 12, 2018

HALP! I can’t smell my candle anymore. 

 

It’s the reason I bought the candle, and I could smell it before, but now I can’t. Coal and Canary, WHY?! 

 

Once in a while, Coal and Canary gets an email like this. Our candles are designed so the scent will fill a room, but also be “scentsitive” to people who get headaches from strong smells. Our candles are phthalate free, so they don't cause migranes and headaches for people who are sensitive to smells. 

 

 

It’s true some of our scents are subtler than others, but you should be able to smell all of our candles when you enter a room.

 

 Also, your brain can get olfactory fatigue after about 10 minutes of burning a candle. Basically, that means our brains have had enough of that scent and they switch it off so you can’t smell it anymore.

 

It’s just like when people walk into our studio and tell us how amazing it smells in here — none of us can smell it anymore!

 

 Want a solution? Leave the room for a few minutes, clear your nose and go back in. Hallelu! The scent is back and your candles are saved.

 

Here are some subtle and stronger scents examples from our current collections!

 

Subtler Scents:

Good Beats & Eatin' Sweets 

Wedding Kisses & Lifelong Wishes

Maple Liqueurs & Snow Capped Firs 

Loose Leaf Teas & Downhill Skis 

From The Heart Lemon Tart 

 

Stronger Scents:

Fresh AIr & Polar Bears 

Chubby Cheeks & Flannel Sheets 

Great Complexion & No Reception

Champagne Flutes & Birthday Suits 

Wood Stoves & Fine Merlots 

All I Want Fir Xmas

 

 

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