Basenotes Scratch & Sniff

If you have a monitor or device made in the last three years you may be able to take advantage of our new Scratch 'n' Sniff technology.

Each supported fragrances page in the fragrance directory now features a scratch 'n' sniff panel. Simply scratch the panel, and your device will emulate an approximation of the fragrance.

Some of the Basenotes Scratch & Sniff test group, last year

How does it work?​

Similar to an optical illusion, the technology works by tricking the brain into thinking it is receiving a smell. The screen will display a moving image, invisible to the naked eye, which sends messages to the part of the brain known as the olfactory bulb. Provided you have previously smelt the ingredients of the fragrance, your brain will be able to recreate the smell. The more things you have smelt in your life time, the more accurate the recreation will be.

Other uses for the technology include immersive experiences in video games and movies. Later in the year Instagram are incorporating a version that lets you smell the meals posted by hipsters on instagram.


The fragrance page I am on doesn't have a scratch 'n' sniff panel

The majority of older and discontinued fragrances do not currently work with the new technology as the fragrances are no longer available to create the samples from. We are working on this, by sourcing older fragrances to use for the system, so stay tuned.

How do I know If my device supports the latest technology?

The system currently works on the following devices:


Please note that the technology is not available in all regions. Please click here to run an automated check to see if you can use this technology on your device.


  • Apple
    • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max.
    • Any iPad Pro
    • iMac Pro
    • MacBook Air with Retina display (2018)
    • Any MacBook Pro with TouchBar
  • Samsung
    • Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus
    • Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, Notebook 9, Notebook 7 Spin, Notebook Flash, Notebook Odyssey Z, Notebook Odyssey
    • Samsung Space Monitor
  • Google
    • Pixel 3XL
  • Other supported monitors
    • BenQ PD3200U
    • AOC Agon AG352UCG6
    • Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
    • Acer Predator X34
    • Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

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