1951-08-21 Brunettes Smell Better
Hoi Boyle B ru nettes Smel I Better a NEW YORK—Iff")—A brunette girl smells better and worse than a blonde. And a red-haired gal. Wel-1-1-1— she smells better and worse than either" a blonde or a brunette. . Naturally you fellows already know this. !• didn't until I met Miss Barbara- Allen, the first real professional odor consultant- who ever came-into my life. •Her name may sound like a sad and famous old British ballad, but this Barbara Allen is a strapping 5-foot 8-inch blonde Texas girl who nose her business. Built-in Radar "The nose is a built-in radar," she said in a fall accent, redolent of Palestine, Texas. "Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than our sense of taste. But few people today know how important odors are—and how they change our lives." Miss Allen, now 23, got interested at the age of 14 in the theory of smells while working at a cosmetics counter. "I like to know what I am doing," she said. "I qsked about odors, and'the people who ought to know didn't know about them." So she studied odors for years—on her own. The books didn't give her all the answers she wanted, however, so she came here to enter the odor field. "But I found there wasn't any odor field," she said. "So I became, so far as I know, the first person to make a career as an odor consultant." Lilac Fragrance Miss Allen sighed, and a gentle lilac fragrance from her own fair form besmote the air. A nearby copy boy immediately began to quiver at the nostrils. "Different odors have different effects," Miss Allen snid, dreamy as the annual report of the U.S. Stpol Corporation. ."Most people are unware of them. I prefer lilac because it is toothing to'tlie nerves. Lavender is used to attract and trap lions and tigers. Magnolia has been found successful in stimulating the appetites of children." She«sald that women.hare a better sense of smell than men, but even women are far behind insects. And fish smell best of all/Better than a hound dog. • "A brunette girl will have a more acute sense of smell and more odor than a blonde," she continued. "And a red-head has more of both than either of them. It's,a matter of glands and skin pigments." . Miss Alien; says America spends $200,000,000 a year, on industrial and home deodorants, including $60,000,000 on body deodorants. But she still thinks housewives are remiss because they don't plan specific odors as well as specific colors for each room.' "-It would make life more restful," she said, pointing out that some hospitals now are using scented sheets to improve the-morale of patients. Spur Efficiency "And in factories pleasant odors can be introduced to spur working efficiency in the. same way that, music is now employed." She has deodorized everything from a miniature golf course to three goats in her researches. Right now her'pet project is the testing of a new body odor- ridding chlorophyll product. This is used in the form of tablets which are swallowed and deodorize from the inside out, unlike standard cream preparations which are rubbed on and try to deodorize from the outside in. To give the pellets the acid test, she is looking for a full- functioning skunk. "I believe that SO minutes after I give him the tablets the skunk will he completely deodorized," she estimated. Who will hold the skunk when she finds him? "I guess I'll have to," said Miss Allen. "I held the goats." Can anybody who knows any- think about, an obstreperous skunk figure what he'll be doing In the half hour before the tablets take effect? This I gotta see. From a distance.