Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Guilt-Free Indulgences

A friend recently shared this Weight Watchers article about using beauty products that smell and taste like food. They recommend it as a calorie-free way to indulge in "dessert," with several reviewers talking about whether the products made them crave the real thing or satisfied their cravings.

I found this interesting because many of the new seasonal and custom fragrances I've been adding have been desserts...Sugar & Spice and Gingerbread at Christmas time, Champagne & Strawberries and Chocolate Truffle for Valentine's Day, and the new Cupcake fragrance. I shared some cupcake hand cream with a friend and she took it to work with her, where all of her coworkers proceeded to comment on how "yummy" it smelled. Some of them said it made them hungry. I use the cupcake balm every day and it doesn't have that effect on me. It seems like along with most things related to fragrance, this is very personal.

Kayla Fioravanti, an aromatherapist, formulator, and co-founder of Essential Wholesale, has an amazing series about aromatherapy at her blog. In one post she talks about the physiology of smell, in relation to the way essential oils work to affect the body. She says, "Smells trigger a memory response. Scent memories can trigger changes in body temperature, appetite, stress level and sexual arousal." I know that certain fragrances certainly do affect my appetite, though I haven't personally noticed this with beauty products. Should we be looking to our hand cream or sugar scrub to decrease our appetite for certain foods? Do more people experience an INCREASE in appetite? And is this happening even when we aren't aware of it?

What do you think? Do you find that using food fragranced and flavored products increases your appetite for those things, or does it satisfy your cravings in a guilt-free way? Does this influence the types of fragrances you choose to wear? I'd love to know what you think! Please leave your comments below.


  1. I know what I HOPE! I HOPE that food scented 'goodies' for the outer body satisfy cravings rather than stimulate them! I love your citrus lip balms, but have not yet run to the fridge for an orange or clementine after applying, so I think I'm one of the lucky ones. I haven't tried the ultimate test yet though; chocolate!!

  2. Learn something new just about always here. Never thought about the flavored scent vs craving vs food conundrum before. But there's that food issue again. Gawd, I'm glad I'm a guy!

    But yes. Scent is very powerful, indeed. For me, second only to visual. But can easily delete the visual.

  3. Cokids, that's good news about the balms! That's my experience, too...and a good thing, or I'd be snacking all day while pouring these balms! :0)

    PJ, you've made me aware of how often I post about food issues. I have some new posts in the works, with experts lined up to share their wisdom. Stay tuned!

  4. Well, I haven't been craving them half as bad when I use your cupcake lip balm or chocolate truffle hand cream.

    I've been wearing sweet/food scents for some time now. My favorite is Aquolina Pink Sugar...which goes great with your Pink Cupcake body line! :)

    I think it helps to some degree...but let's face it...there are times when no dieting device will curb sweet cravings particularly when you are near tempting sweets!



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