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The smell of suntan lotion makes me so happy. How about you? What smells make you happy?

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OMG yes, suntan lotion and sunscreen!  I still have a tube of expired California Baby lotion from when DS was little that I will rub on the back of my hands once in a while.

 

I also adore lavendar and the smell of the woods in the fall.


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I love the smell of freshly dug peanuts. 


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It's a long list, but here are a few:

 

Babies

Freshly fallen snow. 

Eucalyptus forest. 

Pine forest. 

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: 

 

Doggy smell

Old books

Newly cut lumber (carpenter's workshop) 

Rain on cement

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 

 

Coffee Brewing. 

 

 

ETA-Thanks Olly, I forgot to mention libraries.  I LOVE the smell of old books.  the older the better.  And museums. 

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Chlorine.  Reminds me of pools and hotels/vacations. 

 

 


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!! 

 

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cottonwood buds and new leaves

lilac flowers

roses

that dirt smell you notice in early spring when everything is just thawing out

my babies when they were little

ferrets

 

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.

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[quote name="Daffodil" url=that dirt smell you notice in early spring when everything is just thawing out

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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


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Vanilla

almond extract and/or paste

original scent Tide

salty air at the beach


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Baking bread

The ocean

Real christmas trees

and even though I've never smoked and I think it's unhealthy, I love walking into a good smoke shop.  It smells wonderful.

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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.

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candy

cedar trees

sandalwood

fresh cut grass

cookies baking

fresh bread

Actually, I like the smell of a lot of things. And I love the smell of my dh!joy.gif
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Motor oil and gasoline.  Gramps was a mechanic, good memories...


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Green soap. 

Patchouli.

Gasoline.

Cinnamon rolls.


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lilacs
baking
salty ocean air

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Coconut

Vanilla

Baking

Rain when it's been dry for quite a while

The smell of a variety of flowers in the sunshine

Coffee

Fresh sawdust

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.


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Lavender, lilacs, roses…

Fresh rain

Fresh cut grass

Coffee (and I don’t drink coffee)

Baking cookies

Christmas trees

 

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Fresh citrus

The ocean (note that I live in a desert)

RAIN

Vicks vapo rub - i have no idea why


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The natural scent of my DH's clean sweat. luxlove.gif


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Almond the very very most.

Sheets hung on the line to dry.

Ivory soap.

Vanilla.

Bleach, love love it.

And although I don't like the smell I love catching a whiff of moth balls which will forever remind me of the closet at my great grannys farmhouse.  She was amazing and I miss her so freakin much.

The smell and taste of my dh's skin.  Which never ceases to make me fall in love all over again with him.

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Babies

new puppies

lilacs

lemongrass

Bergamot

ylangylang

horse poop (just makes me feel good.. love horsies!)

good food cooking and baking

old fashioned Estee perfume YUCK!! I actually don't like the way it smells, I just like the way it makes me feel. It triggers me with warm memories of being at my grandmother's house.

DH's shaving cream

Apple orchards

strawberries

A clean kid body and pjs

Oh gosh, I could keep going. I have a very emotional sense of smell.

 

 

 

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Oranges

 

Roses

 

Lavendar

 

My children's heads

 

Puppy breath

 

Coffee

 

Coppertone suntan lotion

 

Ceder

 

Forest loam

 

Pablano pepper roasted

 

 

 
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Fresh cut grass
Post-rain scent of earth/greenery
Ocean mist
Suntan lotion
Fresh baked anything
Lavender
Herbs
Coffee
Shea butter
Lemongrass
Italian food
Jasmine
Buddhist and Hindu temples (mix of flowers, incense)
Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom
Chocolate
Swimming pool/chlorine
Smell of hair after being in the sun

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Grapefruit
Cumin (maybe my favorite)
Smoked paprika
Bleach
New shoes
Garlic and olive oil
Clean towels/sheets
Catholic church (incense I guess, reminds me of childhood)
Basil
Fresh mint
Coffee
Kiehl's coriander lotion
Angel perfume and A*MEN cologne by Thierry Mugler - I don't actually like perfume/cologne, and neither DH nor I wear it regularly, but this stuff smells amazing. Probably because it was one of the first "gourmand" scents, and most of my favorite smells are food related!
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Addie, you like the smell of bleach?  Never heard that one.

 

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I'm right there with Addie...love love bleach...combo of white sheets bleached, hung to dry in sun and crawling into them at night  and the forever swimming pool smell of childhood.

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Vick's Salve.  Yes, I know.  However, it was what my Mom always gave me when I had coughs and headaches, and I started to associate the smell with calm and sleep.  Such to the point that to this day I must smell it in order to fall asleep.


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Rain (and the smell right afterwards)

Fresh cut grass

Babies

Puppies (reminds me of being a child)

Strawberry chapstick (the brand "Chapstick" - nostalgia) 

the smell of my grandma's house (she passed away a few years ago now, but I'll always remember that smell)

Rubber cement 

Fresh tomatoes off the vine

My mom's fried zucchini during the summer

 

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Evergreen trees

pumpkin pie

campfires

peaches (yum!)

oranges

maple syrup

canteloupe

a pot of pinto beans simmering away

bacon

 

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