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An Innovative Product For Engaging in Conversation and Recall of Memories Through The Sense of Smell

A Semi-Finalist in InnovateHer2017, the Essential Awakenings ™  Smell and Memory Tool Kits have been carefully developed to elicit conversation and engage in memory recall through the sense of smell.  Although designed for people suffering from Alzheimer's  and dementia, the "essential smells" have also been an aid in helping an aneurysm survivor regain her sense of smell.   

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The Premier Smell and Memory Kit

Company founder Ruth Sutcliffe

A Smelling Session At River House Adult Care Center

The Scent Guru Blog

The Smells of Summer

The Smells of Summer

Summer time is full of wonderful smells. Take some time and enjoy them!
Memories of Mother

Memories of Mother

In memory of my mother, Nancy Sutcliffe, who passed away in early February 2016 from dementia-related causes, I want to share some of my best, hear...
The Scent Guru Group's April Activity

The Scent Guru Group's April Activity

It's been a particularly busy month for Essential Awakenings™.  I've had some exciting new clients including a University.  But that's only a portion of what else happened this month!


Ruth Sutcliffe of The Scent Guru Group named semi finalist in national SBA Contest, InnovateHER

Beauty of Nature

Smell is such an important part of us as human beings. In the deepest, most ancient part of our brains, lies our olfactive memory, where scent connections have been stored throughout our lives, often without us being aware that they are there until they are recalled.


"I use this kit to help me pause, reflect and to help strengthen my sense of smell. To get to the point of smelling five out of six scents, it has taken me a little over five weeks.  Never knew how much I took my sense of smell for granted. I hope this kit helps you and helps you bond further with your family." 

Rosanel Rosario, Aneurysm Survivor, New York City

"Ruth has enhanced the lives of our residents with her smelling sessions. The scents have helped them to remember special times in their lives and to discuss it in a group. It is a truly therapeutic and relaxing hour. I am grateful for Ruth's program.” 

Elanit Linder, Elder Care Professional and ReM(i) Culture CEO, Stamford, CT

"I bought the Essential Awakenings ™ Kit as a Christmas gift for my grandfather with Alzheimer's.  It ended up being a gift for the whole family! The scents are very distinguishable and the conversation cards that came with the kit helped us to guide the discussion.  Thank you Ruth for going above and beyond making sure that I had the gift in time for Christmas!  It was true joy!" 

Jacqui A., NYC

Essential Awakenings ™ with Ruth is a fun and important experience for residents at any facility. The scents that Ruth creates elicit memories for our residents, and inspire socialization through conversation about what scents appeal to which people... I am honored to incorporate Essential Awakenings into our programming; it adds so much to the sensory experience we hope to offer those in their last stage of life. 

Beth Liebowitz, Program Director & Dance Therapist, The Greens At Greenwich, CT

"Morningside of Springdale wanted to take the time to thank you for such a wonderful event.  So many of the residents were reminded of times gone by with the smells you presented.  I very much enjoyed the opportunity you offered our area with you amazing skills.  Please come visit anytime and bring your smell goods for memories.” 

Jeanie Melear, Lifestyle 360 Director, Morningside of Springdale, AR
Smelling Session at River House

Smelling Session at River House Adult Day Care Center

Ruth Sutcliffe Conducting a Smelling Session at The Greens At Greenwich

Watch our Smelling session at river house adult day center

Smelling Session at River House Adult Care Center

Thank you to River House Adult Day Center, located in Cos Cob, CT for inviting me to share the Essential Awakenings Smell Therapy Session with their clientele.