Sun Bingo's list of recommended essential oils this Sense of Smell Day

DO you have a good sense of smell? This key sense is celebrated each year on the last Saturday in April.

Sense of Smell Day is sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute.

The day seeks to celebrate and educate people about their noses and ability to smell.


The lack of a sense of smell is called anosmia, while a heightened sense of smell / hypersensitivity to smells (making you a “super smeller”) is called hyperosmia.

Sniffing out the best sense of smell

Humans have approximately 5 to 6 million scent receptors. However, that makes us pretty nose-blind compared to some species.

Some of the species with the best sense of smell include sharks, dogs and bears.


The Great White Shark can smell a single drop of blood if it’s floating in 10 billion drops of water.

Meanwhile, a bloodhound has a sense of smell 300 times more powerful than that of a human.

That’s not even the most impressive animal nose – grizzly bears have a sense of smell seven times that of a bloodhound (which means it’s 2100 times stronger than a human’s ability to smell).

Aromatherapy round-up    

This Sense of Smell Day, Sun Bingo has put together a list of the best smelling essential oils.

When used in the right way (e.g. in a bath or diffuser) the positive effects of essential oils can be great! 

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

Bergamot has a delightful aroma. It’s fresh and has strong citrus notes, with a sweet scent as it evaporates. This is a refreshing and nurturing scent. The oil has been known to help problem skin and ease emotional anxiety. It has an antiseptic action which can cleanse and heal infected cuts. 

  • Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)

A soft, sweet and calming scent. Roman chamomile is one of the gentlest essential oils. It can heal skin, ease the mind and has valuable anti-inflammatory properties. It is fresh and soft smelling, warm and tea leaf like. The oil retains the plant’s apple-like notes.


  • Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

The most versatile of the essential oils, it can be applied directly to the skin. It can help with many ailments, including acne, burns, scars and headaches. It has a refreshing aroma, with camphoraceous notes that are softened by floral sweetness from the lavender flowers. It is a soothing, calming and reassuring smell.

  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)

Mandarin essential oil can be good for toning skin, digestive issues and has been known to ease depression as well as emotional stress. It has a delicious, soft and sweet fragrance.

  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium)

This essential oil is a beautifully rich, intense and fragrant aroma. Its sweet citrusy notes are light, calming and comforting. It is also good for the skin, and can assist digestive issues as well as insomnia. Neroli has reported usage relaxing nerves, uplifting the spirits and bringing peace / harmony to the self.

  • Rose otto (Rosa damascene)

A deeply fragrant oil with a honeyed sweetness and subtle, floral top notes. It is recommended for dry and mature skin. The oil has been described as having gentle, nurturing and uplifting qualities. It’s also a good sedative for the nerves.


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