These Smelly Pencils are Designed to Keep Writers Focused

Smencils Peppermint Pencils

I haven't decided whether this is cool or silly. It's certainly one of the weirder writing-related news pieces I've had the pleasure of reporting. A company called Smencils—an amalgamation of smell and pencils—manufactures...you guessed it! Smelly pencils. Their latest product, the Smart Smencil, aims to keep writers and other busy professionals focused on their work.

See, Smart Smencils—made from rolled newspaper, rather than wood—put out a constant aroma of peppermint, which according to PSFK contributor Leah Gonzalez, "is regarded as a mental stimulant, stimulating the brain and improving focus or concentration levels"

So picture this: you're sitting at your desk, blank notebook page in front of you, a million ideas jammed in your head with no pathway to creating actual work. Don't give up writing to go work at your dad's chandelier store, just take a whiff of your Smart Smencil and let those ideas flow!

Gonzalez goes into more detail about how these things are constructed:

Sheets of newspaper are rolled tightly around a standard #2 graphite writing core until the item resembles a pencil. The pencil is then soaked in a gourmet liquid scent created by an award-winning fragrance company. The pencil is set to dry and then placed inside a Freshness Tube made of corn-based biodegradable plastic. Smencils can maintain their scent for up to two years even if kept outside the Freshness Tubes.

All kidding aside, the idea is kind of neat, and if it's true peppermint stimulates and focuses the brain, using the Smart Smencil would provide constant olfactory tickling. At the same time, I imagine your hands would reek all day long. Also, the source of the aroma would be directly under your nose, rather than at a pleasant distance.

Would any of you out there use a Smart Smencil? Or does the mere existence of this product raise the eyebrows to dizzying heights?

Christopher Shultz

News by Christopher Shultz

Christopher Shultz writes weird, dark fiction. His stories have appeared both online and in print, including most recently in Apex Magazinefreeze frame flash fiction and Grievous Angel. In addition to LitReactor, he has also written for Ranker.comCultured Vultures and Tor.com. At times, he dabbles in digital art and photography. Christopher lives in Oklahoma City with his fiancée Lauren and their two mostly well-behaved cats. More info at christophershultz.com.

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Chacron's picture
Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb June 3, 2013 - 11:10am

I'd try this for sure but I already know it won't work for my concentration. Mints are my favourite indulgence and if I open a box of them I can't stop. A pencil smelling of peppermint will give me an instrant craving and distract me like hell.

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lspieller from Los Angeles June 3, 2013 - 2:17pm

price??

Pam Brown Margolis's picture
Pam Brown Margolis June 4, 2013 - 10:09am

I would like one order of coffee flavored Smencils, please. To go.

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Michelle Kidd T... June 4, 2013 - 3:00pm

I would be up for trying it, but I usually chew on my pencils a bit. I'd worry that I'd end up eating the newspaper stuff, which would be gross.