Our LinkedIn community voted their favorite Christmas smells and ranked them for us:
- Spices, like cinnamon and cloves
- Fir Tree
- Mulled Wine
How do these smells differentiate from each other in a chemical sense?
Ciara: All of these compounds belong to a compound class called terpenes, which are often responsible for the aroma and flavor of foods. These types of compounds can have very unique smells but look identical, with the only difference being something called chirality. It is something that requires, in this case, polarized light to determine the difference.