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StinkMaster improvement details 2011

Cleaned out the StinkMaster for another round of experimentation.

The next artificial scent I plan to try is the above Classic Spash, which can be found at local Dollar General stores for $1.50.

I'll post about the results sometime next week once I've tested the clogibility of the new After Shave, which in my opinion has a much more repulsive odor than the Irish Spring soap.

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You should have seen my face when Mark gleefully pulled this aftershave out of his shopping bag. I couldn't quite conceive of what he would want with it... :-)
Comment by anna Sat Aug 13 15:49:34 2011

Now we will see if makers of aftershave have deer in their focus groups. :-)

On a more serious note, the smell of the aftershave will be much diluted by the water. And it will probably evaporate pretty quickly.

Why not just drill a hole in a bar of smelly soap and hang it from a string? That should give a relatively concentrated and long-lasting smell.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Aug 13 19:04:23 2011
We've tried simply hanging bars of soap around, and that did no good. Mark's taking the scientific approach that the problem with that might not be that deer don't really care about smelly deterrents (which is what I told him) and that they instead just need the scent to be replenished often. A dry bar of soap soon doesn't smell much, but spraying smelly water at intervals will keep the smell very fresh. That way we'll be able to tell for sure if the problem is the freshness or the smell idea itself.
Comment by anna Sun Aug 14 13:07:22 2011

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