One of the first scents I encountered once I made the decision to visit a massage therapist Sugar House was called simply “Clean Breeze.” It was categorized (by whom I have no idea) under “classics” and “Fragrance Collections.” These categories did not provide me with any significant amount of information in terms of my ability to truly know (in the gnostic sense) what this scent was really about. The description read as follows, “White florals with a touch of spring; this is the scent of fresh, clean laundry.”
I do not know what the scent of “White Florals” actually means (to the extent my nose can know this type of thing). Clearly, a scent is a piece of information but it is not data to the extent a written paragraph facts and figures is informations. That of course would be categorized as an intellectual form of information. A scent, by contrast, is sensory information in its purest state. It is information that cannot be described except in reference or in comparison to other similar forms of information. As such it can only be known (again in the gnostic sense) through direct and personal experience.
I also do not know what “a touch of spring” means in terms of describing a scent. It sounds like a clean scent. But it also sounds earthy which by definition is not clean unless dirt can properly be described as clean. I don’t know. Perhaps within this context it can be.
By contrast, “the scent of fresh, clean laundry” is a term that effectively conveys useful information to me but only because I have actually smelled fresh clean laundry. Always the circularity of reality brings me back to the inescapable truth that knowledge of scents is gnosis. This is as it should be and perhaps sheds light upon the real motivation behind my decision to visit a massage therapist Sugar House in the first place.