One of my unhappy university memories were northern California 'earth mothers'- birkenstocks, braided armpits and patchouli oil bought by the imperial gallon
Scent can certainly be used to mask offensive smells. I like to think- I HOPE my use is pleasureable on a more or less neutral canvas.
My diet has changed over the last year for both health and economic reasons. One happy side effect recently noticed is a marked greater longevity in my scents drydown.
Maybe my olfactory system has also improved?