Last Updated on July 21, 2021 by Dr. Sanusi Umar, MD
What Does The Smell Of Your Hair Product Tell You? It Smells Like an Herb Because It Is An Herb: The best smelling hair products might be the ones that feel the most familiar. Take a deep breath and draw it in. Upon taking the first sniff of topical Dr.UGro Gashee botanical hair product, you will likely be hit with the thought; it reminds me of something familiar, something edible. This is because Gashee, which is all-natural with no added fragrance to it, has a flavor component to its aroma.
Artificial fragrances have a distinct smell with no flavor component. For that reason, they do not remind you of something edible. The flavor component of Dr.UGro Gashee is the reason it smells like something you can taste. It’s all-natural with no added artificial fragrance. The human brain and senses have been wired over millennia of evolution to correctly associate the flavor with “safe” while pure scent without flavor equates to “unsafe.” Dr.UGro Gashee topical products are strictly for external use and must never be consumed orally.
Dr.UGro Gashee: What Is In An Aroma?
An aroma is a chemical compound that has a smell or odor. In order for a chemical compound to give off a smell or odor, it must vaporize readily enough for its molecules to be taken to the olfactory system in the upper part of the nose. Aroma compounds appear in:
- Floral scent
- Fragrance oils
- Essential oils
The Role of Smell in Human Evolution
Previously, people have viewed the sense of smell as less important for humans than other senses. Today, scientists are aware that smells are processed in the same areas of the brain that mitigate emotion, motivation, fear, memory, pleasure and attraction. The larger olfactory bulbs and temporal lobes of homo sapiens aided in evolution primarily in a social sense and may have given them an extra edge that helped them to outcompete earlier forms of hominids such as the neanderthals. Their size would have supported kinship recognition, enhanced family relations, group cohesion, and social learning. These are all vital factors that researchers believe permitted modern humans to become who they are today.
What Gives Cosmetic Products Their Smell?
There are four primary groups of chemicals that produce different smells. These include esters, linear terpenes, cyclic terpenes, and aromatics.
- Esters : These groups of molecules impart fruity smells typically. Dr.UGro Gashee does not contain esters.
- Terpenes are a vast class of organic compounds that are derived from an assortment of plants, especially conifers. Usually, terpenes carry a strong scent. Terpenes typically produce lemony smells with some having a woody and even minty smell to them. Terpenoid molecules in Dr.UGro include; lemongrass (lemon smell), ginger (woody smell), peppermint (minty smell), and cedarwood which carries a woody smell.
- Aromatics are a class of compounds that hold conjugated planar ring systems. Customary aromatic compounds include benzene and tolulene. The cinnamon and eugenol smell in Dr.UGro Gashee are part of this group.
Best Smelling Hair Products: Aromatherapeutic Benefits of Plant Smells in Studies
Studies have been conducted and reported that indicate some therapeutic benefits of some plant aromas. Many of these plant ingredients exist in Dr.UGro Gashee ingredient list. Examples include: peppermint, rosemary, olive oil, cinnamon, lemongrass, and cedarwood.
- Peppermint: In a study, the minty aroma of peppermint has shown promise for decreasing hunger and calorie intake, according to a study (2). Researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University asked subjects to take a whiff of peppermint oil every two hours for five days straight. By the study’s end, the subjects claimed feeling drastically lower levels of hunger. Moreover, they consumed 3,485 fewer calories throughout the week than they normally would. The theory is that peppermint’s strong minty scent distracts the mind from the unsatisfied appetite. Gashee contains peppermint.
- Rosemary: Rosemary owes its aroma to its content of a compound called eucalyptol which according to a study may have the ability to enhance and/or boost memory (3). Eucalyptol is a compound found in rosemary oil that researchers have proven to contribute to memory formation in past studies. Since it evaporates into the air, it can be absorbed into your blood when you breathe it.
- Olive oil: A study has shown the potential of the aroma of olive oil to help lose weight (4). In 2013, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition investigated the long-term effect of fat-free flavor-active compounds of olive oil on the brain and whether those aroma components can cause fat-associated brain responses in homeostatic and gustatory areas. Across two days, researchers gave half of 11 male subjects plain low-fat yogurt, and the other half yogurt mixed with fat-free olive oil extract. Following the snack, they measured the men’s brain activity. Those who ate the yogurt containing the olive oil witnessed increased blood flow in brain areas usually connected with fat consumption, despite that the overall fat content of the snack was low. According to researchers, this is due to olive oil’s natural aroma, which might have the ability to help you feel satiated.
- Cinnamon: A study has shown that the aroma of cinnamon might have the ability to sharpen the mind (5). Back in 2009, researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University discovered that subjects who smelled cinnamon increased their cognitive functions including visual-motor response, working memory and attention span.
- Lemongrass: According to a study, the aroma of lemongrass can potentially alleviate anxiety and insomnia (6). During a 2015 study, researchers found that after administering drops of lemongrass oil to participants presented a reduced level of state anxiety and subjective tension.
- Cedarwood: A study has shown the potential of the aroma of cedarwood to improving cerebral activity, relaxing the body, enhancing concentration, decreasing hyperactivity, reducing harmful stress, easing tension, clearing the mind, and encouraging the onset of quality sleep (7). In aromatherapy, the scent can induce the release of serotonin, which is converted into melatonin in the brain. Melatonin induces a night of calm and restorative sleep. For this reason, we recommend cedarwood aromatherapy for people with chronic anxiety, stress, and depression.
- Ginger: A study has shown that the woody smell of ginger may potentially ward off pain, nausea, and fatigue (8). A 2016 study showed that when subjects got a massage with ginger oil, they saw a significant improvement in pain and mobility over those in a control group.
Best Smelling Hair Products: The Gashee Journey
Many of the best smelling hair products claim botanical and natural origins. However, do you smell them and get the point right away that they are indeed botanical? Dr.UGro Gashee was conceived, formulated, and compounded using thoroughly natural and botanical parts by using compounding processes that preserve the active moieties of these plant parts. The result is a holistic product that looks and smells like it is, an herb. That’s right. Dr.UGro Gashee smells like an herb because it is an herb. Not only is smelling Dr.UGro an odyssey through the unapologetic true herbal origin of the product, but it is a path to unlocking the aromatherapeutic potentials of nature.
What do you think of Dr.UGro’s smell? Shop here, then tell us in the comments!
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- Crain, Esther. “The Scent That Can Ward Off Hunger.” Women’s Health, 9 Dec. 2013, www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/a19930072/how-to-suppress-hunger/.
- Duron, Alexandra. “The Scent That Improves Your Memory.” Women’s Health, 19 Apr. 2013, www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a19945867/the-scent-that-improves-your-memory/.
- Lima, Cristiano. “The Crazy Way Olive Oil Helps You Lose Weight.” Women’s Health, 12 Oct. 2013, www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/a19915135/olive-oil-for-weight-loss/.
- Raudenbush, Bryan & Grayhem, R. & Sears, T. & Wilson, I.. (2009). Effects of peppermint and cinnamon odor administration on simulated driving alertness, mood and workload. North American Journal of Psychology. 11. 245-256.
- Goes, Tiago Costa, et al. “Effect of Lemongrass Aroma on Experimental Anxiety in Humans.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 21, no. 12, 2015, pp. 766–773., doi:10.1089/acm.2015.0099.
- Yada, Yukihiro, et al. “Overseas Survey of the Effect of Cedrol on the Autonomic Nervous System in Three Countries.” Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, vol. 26, no. 3, 2007, pp. 349–354., doi:10.2114/jpa2.26.349.
- Lakhan, Shaheen E., et al. “The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Pain Research and Treatment, vol. 2016, 2016, pp. 1–13., doi:10.1155/2016/8158693.