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The NonVerbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs & Body Language Cues

New Car Smell


In their language they do not say 'Give me a kiss' but they say 'Smell me'. --Rother's 1890 description of the Khyoungtha hill people of India (Stoddart 1990:10)


Aroma cue. A scented consumer product designed to mimic the leather, rubber, plastic, and vinyl aromas of a show-room-new motor vehicle interior.
Usage: We find the synthetic odor of new car smell pleasant because it contains chemical analogs of natural plant resins, animal esters, and sexual steroids.
Evolution. New car smell, which may be sprayed from aerosol cans, was developed by International Flavors and Fragrances of New York, which supplies odor cues for Downey Fabric Softener and Colgate's Irish Spring soap.