Whiffers scented bands are smelly study aids
Whiffers scented wristbands in peppermint, spearmint, and lavender play on the connection between smell and memories and are being marketed as study aids for nervous test takers.
Smells are strongly tied in with memories. There's the aroma of buttered popcorn from your first date with your spouse. The fragrance of futility as your beloved old car finally coughed and died in a cloud of smoke. Ah, it's like it happened only yesterday.
Now you can harness the power of perfume with Whiffers, rubber wristbands aimed at the student population. Think of them as silly bands for academics.
Alliance Rubber Company lays claim to inventing the world's first imprinted wrist bands, so you can thank those folks for the gazillions of colors and causes being worn as accessories.
You may soon start noticing a faint odor of lavender, peppermint, or spearmint wafting from wrists. Alliance suggests using the peppermint to boost concentration and the lavender to relax and curb test anxiety.
The idea is to wear the band while you are studying, take it off, and then put it back on for your test. Clever students may want to mix both the peppermint and lavender bands for a more complex combination of odors.
It's hard to tell just how strong these scents are. You might want to give your teacher or fellow students a heads-up as to why you smell like Christmas at an herbary.
The bands cost $3.95 for a pack of three and can hold their scent for up to 100 hours. Perhaps Alliance will come out with some more school-focused fragrances like chalk clouds or school lunch pizza.