TOKYO, October 4th. / Corr. TASS Vasily Golovnin /. Human stress smells like onions and wild garlic, say experts at Shiseido, a major Japanese cosmetics company.
It is these smells, they found, are emitted by the skin when a person suddenly finds himself in a situation of nervous tension, NHK TV reported on Thursday.
Shiseido's findings are based on the results of experiments that took four years. They were attended by 500 volunteers - men and women aged 20 to 70 years. During the experiments, they were forced to perform difficult and unexpected tasks that cause stressful situations. The higher the nervous tension, the more the skin of people emitted a gas with a specific scent, which Shiseido experts called "the smell of stress."
The intensity of its release is said to differ from person to person, but according to the company, such a property is inherent in all people. Experts have found that someone else's "smell of stress" makes people feel tired.
Shiseido in 1999 already scientifically established that a person has the "smell of aging", which intensifies over the years. A number of cosmetic products have already been developed on the basis of this discovery. The company hopes to replicate this experience now by creating substances that suppress the "smell of stress".