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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Psychology of Fragrance Use: Perception of Individual Odor and Perfume Blends Reveals a Mechanism for Idiosyncratic Effects on Fragrance Choice
Authors: Lenochova, Pavlina
Vohnoutova, Pavla
Roberts, S Craig
Overzaucher, Elisabeth
Grammer, Karl
Havlicek, Jan
Contact Email: craig.roberts@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: 28-Mar-2012
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Lenochova P, Vohnoutova P, Roberts SC, Overzaucher E, Grammer K & Havlicek J (2012) Psychology of Fragrance Use: Perception of Individual Odor and Perfume Blends Reveals a Mechanism for Idiosyncratic Effects on Fragrance Choice, PLoS ONE, 7 (3).
Abstract: Cross-culturally, fragrances are used to modulate body odor, but the psychology of fragrance choice has been largely overlooked. The prevalent view is that fragrances mask an individual's body odor and improve its pleasantness. In two experiments, we found positive effects of perfume on body odor perception. Importantly, however, this was modulated by significant interactions with individual odor donors. Fragrances thus appear to interact with body odor, creating an individually-specific odor mixture. In a third experiment, the odor mixture of an individual's body odor and their preferred perfume was perceived as more pleasant than a blend of the same body odor with a randomly-allocated perfume, even when there was no difference in pleasantness between the perfumes. This indicates that fragrance use extends beyond simple masking effects and that people choose perfumes that interact well with their own odor. Our results provide an explanation for the highly individual nature of perfume choice.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/10864
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0033810
Rights: © 2012 Lenochová et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Affiliation: Charles University in Prague
Charles University in Prague
Psychology
University of Vienna
University of Vienna
Charles University in Prague

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