Innovative multi-sensory kits for smell training, memory recall, learning and speech communication
|Headquarters||Greenwich, CT, USA|
Health & Wellness
|Press Contact||Ruth Sutcliffe|
The Scent Guru Group, LLC is the first company in the health and wellness industry to bring innovative multi-sensory kits to consumers, helping people with various health conditions improve their lives.
The Essential Awakenings® Smell & Memory Kits were initially developed to help stimulate the sense of smell and memory recall for seniors living with dementia. Now, these kits are helping people with anosmia due to COVID-19 or other illnesses. The Scent Guru Group teamed up with Dr. Rachel Herz to create an All-In-One Smell Training Guide that has become a sought-after element included in these kits. In 2017, Essential Awakenings® received the InnovateHER2017 award from the Women's Business Development Council in Stamford, CT.
The Scent Guru Group, LLC believes in empowering people with disabilities and sustainable practice. They hire non-profits such as Abilis (Greenwich, CT) and Ability Beyond (Danbury, CT) to assemble and pack Mindscent® kits; an educational and communication tool for people with learning and speech communication impairments, such as autism. All Scent Guru Group kits are made with recyclable materials, and cartons printed with renewable energy. All components are sourced from and made in the USA.
While visiting her mother in assisted living who suffered from dementia, founder Ruth Sutcliffe was deeply affected by the solitude and absence of stimulating activities for seniors. When her mother passed away in early 2016, Ruth's goal was to use her expertise as a scent designer to create activities of distinctive prompts (such as scents of chocolate, grass, and cinnamon) so families, caregivers, and program directors could engage their loved ones in social activities that stimulate their sense of smell and memory recall. Ruth began volunteering by giving Essential Awakenings® Smell & Memory activities to senior centers and communities across the US to help with memory care. This lead to the thought that if scent can help people communicate, why not explore how it can help people with autism. With that, MindScent® was developed in 2018, in collaboration with Sutcliffe’s own daughter who has a congenital neurological disorder.
This article describes an Essential Awakenings® Smell and Memory session and how scent therapy can help jog memory and improve socialization
WFFC honoree Ruth Sutcliffe pulls back the curtain on her working process and rich olfactive memory
Scent therapy can help jog memory and improve socialization.
A July, 2020 interview with Paris writer, Karen Marin about my business and my quest to help the wellbeing of people through the sense of smell.
Article discusses the “Proustian Effect”, the smell and memory connection, the process of MindScent® and its Methods for Use