Does Constance Classen’s observation match yours?
We are often unable to recognize even the most familiar odors when these are separated from their source. That is, we know the smell of a rose when the rose itself is there, but if only an odor of roses is present, a large percentage of people would be unable to identify it.
(Quoted from page 13 of Essence and Alchemy: A natural history of perfume, by Mandy Aftel. Gibbs Smith, 2004.)
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