Smells that make you happy
It's a long list, but here are a few:
Freshly fallen snow.
Fresh herbs - basil, thyme, lavender
Flowers - the scent on a breeze when I'm walking down a street, more than cut flowers in a vase - frangipani, lilac, jasmine, roses, freesia, apple blossom
Odd scents that I like, but other's probably don't:
Newly cut lumber (carpenter's workshop)
Rain on cement
The smell of sauce cooking. Reminds me of being a kid
Chimney's or burning leaves/garbage. Reminds me of my grandmothers cottage at the lake.
Chlorine. Reminds me of pools and hotels/vacations.
Desitan or Butt Paste.
ETA-Thanks Olly, I forgot to mention libraries. I LOVE the smell of old books. the older the better. And museums.
Ah, yeah. I know all the problems about using chlorine bleach, but I still like that smell if it's been used to wipe down a bathroom. It just smells so much cleaner to me than anything else - vinegar, lemons, any other essential oils. I avoid using it but I miss it.
ETA: Heh. X-posted while you edited your post to add libraries and old books. We must have similar olfactory systems!!
cottonwood buds and new leaves
that dirt smell you notice in early spring when everything is just thawing out
my babies when they were little
The smell of sunscreen often makes me happy, but not so much because of the smell itself as because it reminds of other times and places when I used that brand of sunscreen.
The smell of fallen, brown pine needles on a hot day (incidentally, that's exactly what DS's head smelled like as a baby -- DD wasn't quite as lucky, her head smelled like the water you pour down the drain after steaming artichokes)
Daphne -- positively intoxicating
A certain herby, earthy smell that's in wild places near water -- close to a chamomile/mint/seabreeze combo, but not quite
Garlic and onions sauteeing on the stove -- you just know something yummy is coming soon
It's not a pleasant smell, but a smell that makes me happy is airplane fuel. Usually when I'm smelling it, I'm off on a new adventure somewhere in the world with my dh and dd, or returning from a great trip. Still, when I'm just taking dh to the airport for a conference he's off to, it evokes all sorts of lovely memories of our travels and lives abroad... and it is a very powerful reminder.
Interestingly, although I cook like a fiend every day and love being in the kitchen, the smells don't really evoke any pleasant response. My mother never cooked (real food, anyway). I have a few things my grandmother made that would probably make me happy if I smelled them, but her recipes died with her.
Rain when it's been dry for quite a while
The smell of a variety of flowers in the sunshine
Babies (clean ones, at least)...including breastmilk breath
Trees...pine, fir, cedar
The seashore - not sure exactly what causes it, but that smell of salt and seaweed and who knows what else.
I'm sure there are lots of others, but those are all off the top of my head.
ETA: Defniitely fresh citrus! And, yes - dh, as well. He smells wonderful.
Edited by Storm Bride - 5/17/11 at 2:27pm