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#MicroblogMondays 25: What’s That Smell?

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Bad smells: any and all perfume, lavender, vanilla, chamomile, flowers.

Good smells: bleach, my detergent, my soap, bookstores.

Can you tell that I just had to spend time in a too warm space with a person wearing too much perfume?  I should not be able to smell someone else’s perfume if my nose isn’t pressed up near their body.

I wish I lived back in pre-Industrial Europe when it was fashionable to carry around a scented handkerchief and press your face in it when you passed ill-scented matter on the street.

My handkerchief would be soaked in bleach (and would likely kill me, as a result).  And barring that, I would take lemon.

What are your favourite (and least favourite) smells?


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1 Jennifer { 02.16.15 at 5:31 am }

Haha, my husband is super sensitive about scents as well. He will often comment to me that someone’s perfume is too strong. He also seems to hate the smell of lavender. You can never get us to agree on candles and air fresheners. 🙂 I think my favorite scent these days is the Febreeze with Gain. I need hypoallergenic laundry detergent but I miss the smell of a good laundry detergent.

2 Jen { 02.16.15 at 5:44 am }

The fragrance of lillies is too much for me. If I’m lucky enough to receive flowers I have to sneakily snip out the lillies once they open. My favourite smell is cinnamon, especially in freshly baked cakes and biscuits. Hmm, think I’ll bake some oat and raisin cookies today!

3 TasIVFer { 02.16.15 at 5:50 am }

Favourite: my dog’s paws, the smell of fresh Tasmanian air, books, good food you’ll be sharing with people you love, coffee. . .

Least favourite: bleach, artificial scents, strongly scented people (whether with smoke, perfume – it’s just rude), POO (toilet training really sucks right now)

4 Vinitha { 02.16.15 at 6:08 am }

Too much of any perfume is a bad smell for me. But annoyingly enough, too many people walk around soaked in perfume bottles!!! I love that hot biriyani smell, Chai smell and the smell of a person right out of shower. 🙂

5 UmaS { 02.16.15 at 7:01 am }

Any perfume, esp fruity flowery pepperminty flavors a strict no-no ! Recent attraction is to musk.
Petrol smells are giving me headaches now a days 🙁
Love the smell of food 😀 😀

6 No Baby Ruth { 02.16.15 at 7:02 am }

I love the smell of gasoline. Only in small doses. Weird, I know, but I know I’m not the only one. I also love the smell of baking bread.

I detest the smell of pork rinds. Also that of (interesting, considering your last post) unshowered people (hello, metro riders, deodorant cannot replace a shower). No surprise there of course. And, like many others have said, strong perfume/cologne.

7 Middle Girl { 02.16.15 at 7:39 am }

Among the favorites: vanilla, cinnamon, and lemon.

Among the least favorite flowery scented perfumes, smoke (particularly from cigarettes) and burnt coffee.

8 Rachel { 02.16.15 at 8:02 am }

Anything cherry scented is the worst to me. I also hate mothballs, body odour, most perfumes and that Satsuma scent. Anything strong bothers me.

I love the smell of Clementine’s, fall leaves, cookies and laundry soap.

9 JustHeather { 02.16.15 at 8:34 am }

Quite sensitive to smells these years (I’m becoming/became my mom). I hate cigarette smoke! Don’t like most perfumes and smelly things made just to be smelly. Among some of my many annoyances. 😀

I love vanilla, lemon, baked goods and the ocean.

10 Turia { 02.16.15 at 9:08 am }

Good smells: baking bread, bacon, fallen leaves, horses, campfires

Bad smells: cigarette smoke, most perfumes, scented candles- basically anything that has a strong smell that doesn’t really NEED to have it

11 Casey { 02.16.15 at 9:13 am }

Hi, Mel.

Great post. My favourite smell is lime. I love the smell of the fruit when you cut it, lime bubble bath, whatever…don’t know why, it just relaxes me and makes me happy.

My least favourite smell is cigarettes. Hate it when somebody smokes ordinary cigarettes in the vicinity. Terrible.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Take care,


12 fifi { 02.16.15 at 9:21 am }

Funny how many people’s “good smells” are my bad ones. I hate the smell of bleach and detergent. I love vanilla, and fresh tomatoes, and herby smells like rosemary.

13 Valery Valentina { 02.16.15 at 9:24 am }

You know Mel, since you started your list with
“any and all perfume” that suggest you do not like the smell of real lavender? growing in a sunny spot in the garden or on large fields in France? Hard for me to imagine…about equally as hard as to imagine you do like the smell of bleach 😉

14 Shailaja { 02.16.15 at 9:31 am }

Ha ha ha. I actually wrote a post about this, a while ago. Fiction, but it was based on reality. About how some people forget the word moderation, when they douse themselves in perfume/ deodorant!

15 Lindz { 02.16.15 at 10:06 am }

Favorite: baking bread or cookies…most food smells… Vanilla

Least favorite: Coffee, being brewed or coffee breath… Funny story: so you know those “4D” rides at amusement parks where they add aromas to the experience? The “bad” smells always smell like coffee to me.

16 Mary Francis { 02.16.15 at 10:16 am }

I adore the smell of an English beech wood in May … The mossy earth, damp after the rain, bluebells, ramsons and lily-of-the valley. Sapperton Woods, if you want those.

17 Jess { 02.16.15 at 10:17 am }

Bad smells: liver and onions, chlorine, spoiled milk, sweaty feet.

Good smells: lilacs, hyacinths, this orange-honey candle that I am obsessed with lately, fresh oranges, lemon. Ginger tea.

I don’t have a super sensitive nose, but the smell of liver and onions can actually make me gag. Thank goodness no one really makes that anymore!

18 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.16.15 at 10:44 am }

What is your soap?

Sandalwood is my favorite scent. I also like lavender and rose.

Detest smoke, putridity, and odors that go with bodily functions.

19 Tara { 02.16.15 at 11:49 am }

I truly do not understand people who douse themselves in perfume/cologne. It is NOT appealing in any way!

And as for bad smells, the hot cinnamon candy/gum should be banned from the face of the earth.

20 Isabelle { 02.16.15 at 11:57 am }

I hate the smell of cologne and perfume. I cannot stand the smell of cigarette smoke. I love the smell of lavender though and I usually choose the scent of lavender for soap and other personal items.

21 Ana { 02.16.15 at 12:17 pm }

I hate strong flowery smells, either from the natural flowers or in perfumes/body lotions etc… Probably because they give me migraines. Also: cigarette smoke, gasoline, bananas, and the usual gross human/animal smells most of us agree upon. Not huge on cinnamon or strong peppermint smells. I don’t mind diluted bleach, most soap or laundry detergent, makes me feel clean, but hate certain cleaning products (409, yuck). I love vanilla, chocolate, coffee, butter, ginger, citrus (limes and grapefruits especially), caramel & burnt sugar.

22 Buttermilk { 02.16.15 at 12:36 pm }

I don’t like perfume either.

I’m intrigued by the connection of our sense of smell and our emotional memory. For instance – I like the smell of skunk because I had a boyfriend once who didn’t realize that a skunk hid and died in his garage. Poor boyfriend couldn’t figure out for a few weeks why his car smelled like skunk. Now, whenever I smell skunk it reminds me of being in his car when we were dating. It triggers my giddy school-girl romancy feelings.

The smell of puppy breath always reminds me of used coffee grounds. Not coffee – but the leftover grounds.

23 Laurel Regan { 02.16.15 at 12:38 pm }

Bad smells: body odour, liver cooking, durian.

Good smells: freshly-ground coffee beans, cookies baking, toast, ocean air.

24 Nonsequiturchica { 02.16.15 at 12:54 pm }

i have a strong sense of smell so I hate when people put on too much perfume. Scented candles are also tough too. I don’t know how people walk into Yankee Candle stores or work there!

25 Rain { 02.16.15 at 1:18 pm }

I hate artificial smells: air fresheners, laundry detergent, or scented candles. I also dislike most perfumes and scented body lotions. All my favorite smells are natural: beeswax, lemon, wood, the ocean, the earth after a rain…

26 Amber { 02.16.15 at 1:53 pm }

I detest the smell of vinegar. I also have a really hard time with flowery fragrances, unless it’s the real thing. I love food smelling fragrances, especially if it’s baked goods. Go figure since I love food, especially baked goodies!

27 Baby, Are You Coming? { 02.16.15 at 2:03 pm }

According to DH, I have an oversensitive sense of smell. Sometimes I can smell McDonald’s coming from the car ahead of us (at least I think I can smell it).

My favourite smell would be truffles! Yuuuuum! I’m salivating just thinking about it.

28 Mrs T { 02.16.15 at 2:07 pm }

I have a very active gag reflex, so when someone smells bad to me, they’ll know it!

29 Alexicographer { 02.16.15 at 2:30 pm }

Hunh. Bad: bleach, for sure; ammonia, pretty much any cleaning product, actually (soap’s fine); things that are rancid or putrid, of course; anything scented, like Febreze or Glade. Good: hay, horse breath, sweet feed, fresh rain right when it starts to fall, roses, vanilla, fresh baked most things (breads, pastries), coffee, fresh-fallen fall leaves. I grew up in the US SE and quite enjoy the occasional, brief, fresh smell of pipe tobacco, tobacco curing or, yes, cigarette smoke (gasp!), only because they bring back moments from my childhood — certainly don’t want to be around them often or for long.

30 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 02.16.15 at 3:01 pm }

I like real mint, like the kind in my garden not like mint-flavored whatever. I also like lavender and orange blossoms.

I hate when food spoils. Also tuna breath. Iew.

31 torthuil { 02.16.15 at 3:02 pm }

I can’t stand any “fake” chemical smells. Laundry detergent must be scent free, and no strong scents in soap or shampoo. Air freshener, perfume, scented detergents, barf yuck ew. Makes me nauseated. Most natural smells I’m ok with, although I’m not crazy about how curry smells or tastes. I will eat a well-made dish made with curry, but wouldn’t cook it myself.

32 torthuil { 02.16.15 at 3:03 pm }

Oh, the one natural scent I can’t stand is smoke. Triggers me like an unusual pregnancy symptom. I can’t sleep if there is smoke smell; I’ll prowl about for hours sniffing to see where it is coming from.

33 Junebug { 02.16.15 at 6:33 pm }

I love the smell of baking bread and baking chocolate chip cookies. Ok, any baked good smells delightful while it is being cooked in the oven. Also, the smell of onions sauteing also just brings good memories. Also, Lavender lotion that you smear on your babies smells delightful.

The smell of super-musky perfume drives me up the wall and makes me want to throw-up. I never know why women drench themselves in it, and I really wonder if it smells good to them. Also, Yankee Candles smell so fake and overwhelming. Cigarettes do smell terrible. I hate the smell of a cigarette smoker who is doing my hair (or one who does a free makeover at a makeup counter). Despite chewing gum or using a breath mint, their fingers always have the lingering scent.

34 Northern Star { 02.16.15 at 6:44 pm }

You are hilarious.

35 ANDMom { 02.16.15 at 6:48 pm }

I think the worst thing I ever smelled was goat-milk vomit after a bloody nose. The smell of beer brewing makes me physically ill.

Best smell? Lilacs in the springtime.

36 Kimberly { 02.16.15 at 7:39 pm }

My comfort smells are always citrus based. A fresh orange, a lemon. I also love the smell of brewed green tea, or a fresh cup of brewed coffee (even though I don’t drink coffee). The smell of the ocean, though I take it for granted and don’t realize how much its incorporated into my life until its missing.

Other smells that I love are seasonal and I love them in that they are the sign of things to come. The smell of a first snowfall, the smell of fallen leaves and crisp autumn air to show the sign of fall starting. If I caught either of these smells in, say, the beginning of summer, I would probably cry. But at the right time, it works better than any medication ever could at calming me down.

37 JoAnne Applebaugh { 02.16.15 at 8:36 pm }

Preferred smells: Lavender, citrus, cookies, fresh cut grass, most flowers and herbs, wood smoke, my husband’s aftershave, my husband in general

Smells that I do not like: any too-strong scent, anything chemical-y, any excrement from any animal, sour milk, decaying food

38 Mali { 02.16.15 at 9:01 pm }

Well, I love this – because a few years ago, I wrote two blog posts on my favourite smells, and my most disliked smells. Here’s a link: https://aseparatelife.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/ten-favourite-smells/
(from there you can easily find the ten worst smells post – it’s the next one).

In short though, my favourite smells include New Zealand after a long haul flight, coffee, freesias, jasmine rice.

My least favourites include fish markets and shearing sheds, polluted Bangkok canals, and durian fruit.

39 Catwoman73 { 02.16.15 at 9:03 pm }

I’m afraid you wouldn’t want to know my least favourite smells, since most of them are work-related, and I work in an intensive care unit. Some nasty stuff in there, I tell ya!

I love the smell of lime, green apples, vanilla, lily of the valley and bakeries.

40 Cristy { 02.16.15 at 10:59 pm }

One word: hair products. Specifically people who use too much. I’ve have my share of horrible trips being locked in a metal tube with someone who is guilty of this. Thing is, how do you tell someone that their hair is hurting you?

I made a rule that no perfume is allowed in my classrooms. My excuse was that there are too many people who are allergic and are unlikely to speak-up. So I’m the bad guy. So far, I’ve only had one complaint.

Smells I love: mornings after a thunderstorm, fresh dirt, ginger and sundried sheets

41 deathstar { 02.17.15 at 12:21 am }

I like most smells generally, even perfume if you’re not doused in the cheap stuff. Loathe stale urine and old man smell. I don’t like the smell of weed. Ugh. I once told this photographer that he was carrying weed; I couldn’t figure out how anyone within a 1 ft. radius of the guy didn’t know that. Turns out he was and he’s a well known dealer. McGruff the crime dog, that’s me! I love vanilla, bergamot, apple pie, grapefruit and lemon.

42 Stacie { 02.17.15 at 1:06 am }

Bad smells: anything flowery, the soap/detergent aisle at the grocery store (have to hold my breath and walk fast even as I walk by!), 8th grade funk (body odor) at the end of a very hot day, vinegar, the soap the NICU used–the scent of it can still take me back to that time.

Good smells: baked breads/cinnamon rolls, lemon, chocolate, my kids when they are fresh out of the bath. 🙂

43 andy { 02.17.15 at 8:10 am }

My favorite smell in the whole world is dry dirt when it first gets hit with large drops of summer rain. Unfortunately this is a very specific smell and doesn’t happen very often, but even the memory of it can take me to my happy place!

44 loribeth { 02.17.15 at 6:17 pm }

I don’t like cigarette or (especially cigar smoke), and while I like most flowers per se, I don’t like strong floral scents. Someone had a hydrangea in the office once & I could hardly stand it. I don’t like a lot of scented candles or room or car air fresheners… too cloying and not really necessary, in most cases, I think. BIL has one of those Glade plug-ins in his car & I can only be in there for so long before I am dying to roll down the window for some air.

Scents I like: vanilla, cinnamon, and most things citrusy.

45 Suzy { 02.18.15 at 4:52 am }

Good smells: Sandalwood, freshly baked bread, lavender, jasmine
Smells I don’t like: cigarette/cigar smoke, alcohol, bleach.
I missed the linky but here is my post http://suzysomedaysomewhere.blogspot.co.nz/2015/02/life-races-by.html

46 BattyNurse { 03.08.15 at 1:10 pm }

I’m with you on lavendar and vanilla. I can handle some perfumes as long as it doesn’t smell like the person bathed in it. One of my favorite smells is california in the spring. I think it’s a combination of jasmine and orange blossoms plus who knows but I love it.

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