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    Mike-L
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    Why do many older women drench themselves in perfume? Does a woman’s sense of smell diminish as she grows older, making her compensate by adding more perfume?

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    Name : Mike-L, Gender : M, City : Denver, State : CO Country : United States, 
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    Leah26122
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    I am a recent graduate with a degree in psychology. My focus was on the functions of the brain, including the senses. As we age, cells die. This includes the proteins that we need to perceive odors. (This becomes a safety issue because many older people cannot smell the chemical added to gas for us to be able to detect gas leaks.) Without the proteins, there is less ability to perceive odor. Most older women do not realize how strong their perfume is. They simply put on enough for them to be able to smell it.

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    Name : Leah26122, Gender : F, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 27, City : Seattle, State : WA Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Crystal
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    Another reason besides a diminished sense of smell might be that older women tend to wear the perfumes that were fashionable in their youth. Those perfumes were much heavier and more floral than the light, green/citrus fragrances in fashion today. Hence, to a younger person they smell strong & heavy.

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    Name : Crystal, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Pagan, Age : 30's, City : Oakland, State : CA Country : United States, Occupation : Office Manager, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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