You can’t smell metal

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Metal has no odor and you can’t smell it. But what are we smelling then?

It turns out that it’s mostly a chemical called 1-octen-3-one, which is generated when your skin oils react with metal that you’ve touched.

I thought this was really interesting, and I decided to try making pure 1-octen-3-one myself and to see what it smelled like.

Procedure:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004040390202004X

Background info:
https://www.nature.com/news/2006/061023/full/news061023-7.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct-1-en-3-one

1-octen-3-ol:
https://shop.perfumersapprentice.com/p-6002-amyl-vinyl-carbinol.aspx
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