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Crave Control: Cool or Not?

You all have some great ideas for curbing cravings, and some of you even gave the tip of lighting fragrant candles. While I am not sure this would work for me, a new company is definitely playing off the same theory.

Scentology's Crave Control ($24.99) is a time-released scent cue that is supposed to curb cravings for carbs (including chocolate, cake, and desserts) to help promote weight loss. The company claims that research has found that a vanilla scented patch curbed people's appetite for chocolate and induced a net weight loss of 2.5 lbs per person by reducing intake of sweets.

Hum, I'm still skeptical, but I do love vanilla . . . ice cream, macaroons, Frappuccinos...

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starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
If anything, I'd think it would make me crave stuff MORE not less.
lamicmic lamicmic 9 years
25 bucks? how bout $1.99 for a bottle of vanilla extract? placebo effect included free of charge!
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 9 years
I'm skeptical but am curious at the same time. I think you can experiment, it's only 25 bucks. Or maybe I'll just use more of my BBW Vanilla Bean Noel and see if that works.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Well for me the scent of vanilla or other food would make me crave it even more, so this would definitely NOT work for me!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Whatever happened to SELF CONTROL
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Hi Fit :WAVE: I'm going to go this minute and dab a little vanilla extract behind my ears... Now I'm curious to see what it does or does not do for my daytime cravings...
pyleela pyleela 9 years
It's cool, but I wouldn't buy it b/c it's too expensive...
aeschere aeschere 9 years
cooooool. i'd be open to the idea... they could be on to something. never know!
duffy duffy 9 years
I used aromatherapy to get over hunger cravings when I was fasting. It does work to some extent - just when you WANT SWEETS ON YOUR TONGUE (you know how insane that feeling can get), the scents do help out a little. However, I got my oils from Whole Foods, and they did not cost $25. More like $7 tops. I would start there, where you can actually have someone work with you to figure out what your cravings are, and how to best attack them.
courtney422 courtney422 9 years
That's sounds pretty cool! Does it actually work though? Hmm... I still want to try it haha.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
I'm very skeptical. The smell of vanilla makes me WANT to eat. Besides, this has already been done- and for a lot less than $25. There are aromatherapy inhalers for appetite control that you can get at almost any natural foods market. Theirs contains Orange: Calms the stomach. Lemon: Reduces acidity. Sandalwood: Brings peace and acceptance. Ylang Ylang: Eases anxiety. Bergamot: Regulates appetite.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 9 years
I don't know - definitely skeptical. I would think that if you smelled vanilla, it would make you hungry for it, not the opposite. Whenever I wear Vanille Abricot Comptoir Sud Pacifique, I always wanted something a little sugary! I guess I'd just have to test it out.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
It looks like a gimmick to me. I find the best way to curb my random cravings for sweets, chips, chocolate, etc. is to pop a piece of mint gum or just a breath mint in my mouth ... it works instantly!
almostloli almostloli 9 years
just for fun, i'd say it's cool but if you really wanna lose weight you have to get that strong will power first the rest will follow (exercise, discipline to your diet, etc) ;)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I'm skeptical... eating right and exercising are surely the most effective way to lose weight, and save yourself $25. When I get cravings, I drink water or green tea... it generally means I'm either dehydrated or bored, not actually hungry.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Myeh...definitely skeptical. I guess 2.5 pounds just doesn't seem that important.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'm skeptical...
DoctorBunBun DoctorBunBun 9 years
It's more cost-effective to simply buy your own oils. You can put them in little vials yourself, and carry them around to sniff away the cravings. I do know that certain oils, such as jasmine, have a lovely effect on energy and mood.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
Well, if it smells good, why not try it.
HushYuppie HushYuppie 9 years
Upon first glance I thought it said "Scientology" & got all riled up for a sec. but by it's own merit, well you can add me to the skeptical list. i mean, i've smelled a many vanilla scents and they have yet to diminish any sweet-tooth cravings... then again, at heart, all i *really* crave are doritos & taco bell & i don't expect to see that scent marketing any time soon. bummer, eh?
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