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.
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.
salty ocean air
E, wife to D, mommy to G (born March 2010).
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.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
The ocean (note that I live in a desert)
Vicks vapo rub - i have no idea why
Mom to J and never-ending , 0/2014 items decluttered, 0/52 crafts crafts completed
Seeking zen in 2014. Working on journaling and finding peace this year. Spending my free time taking J to swimteam
Almond the very very most.
Sheets hung on the line to dry.
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.
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
A clean kid body and pjs
Oh gosh, I could keep going. I have a very emotional sense of smell.
Post-rain scent of earth/greenery
Fresh baked anything
Buddhist and Hindu temples (mix of flowers, incense)
Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom
Smell of hair after being in the sun
Apparently doing it rong and ruining it for everyone, but I don't give a crap anymore.
Cumin (maybe my favorite)
Garlic and olive oil
Catholic church (incense I guess, reminds me of childhood)
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!
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.
Rain (and the smell right afterwards)
Fresh cut grass
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)
Fresh tomatoes off the vine
My mom's fried zucchini during the summer