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favorite smell

Postby parkaboy » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:24 pm UTC

whats your favorite smell and why? are there pleasant memories associated with it? do you just like it, but you're not sure why? natural, incense, candles, synthetic (perfumes, etc), combinations of smells you love... whatever.

I like LOTS of smells, but they all make me think of darkness and/or warmth. Vanilla, Chocolate (especially with mint), coconut, sometimes cinnamon. I'm a sucker for anything pumpkin. my favorite incense is nag champa or opium, both are very strong, sweet smells and are comforting to me.

sometimes, i like the smell of cherries too.

while we're at it, what do you not like? most of my dislikes are heavy, synthetic smells like most perfumes and cologne. also, Lilly. Lillis stink =(
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Pirate.Bondage » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:25 pm UTC

The smell of coffee. I don't know why, since I don't drink it, but the smell is just amazing. Especially the Hazelnut kind my mom makes.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby hyperion » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:27 pm UTC

A common one: the smell of the air just before it rains.
Not so common: the smell of some air conditioners for a short time after they're turned on.
Also, brand new electronics, straight out of the clamshell/staticfree packet. That is nice.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby cypherspace » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:28 pm UTC

DKNY perfume always reminds me of a particular someone, and I think it always will. The smell of good weed as well - that's something I can pick out a mile away. I can walk down the street and the slightest whiff will turn my head every which way looking for the person that's smoking it. Then the smell of cooking bacon, fresh bread, lemon and rosemary... aaah.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Cheese » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:34 pm UTC

...wood smoke (unscented candles can be similar, but most are distinctly different) is most definitely my favourite smell.
After that comes chocolate, and maybe weak coffee (if it's too strong, I hate it).

Then pear drops - esters are great!

Not sure what else... I'll probably remember loads as this thread develops.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Leesam » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:47 pm UTC

Ionized air...Or perhaps that would qualify as ozone coming out of an ionizer? Can't remember how that all works exactly.

Also, BACON.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Savoy_Truffle » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:48 pm UTC

tuber roses smell lovely <3 Also, coffee, which is sad because I can't drink it, the smell in the kitchen when we're making desserts....
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Re: favorite smell

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:50 pm UTC

Rock Quarry and fresh Asphalt.

Both of those should have undercurrents of burned diesel and machine grease.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby ronnie » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:53 pm UTC

The smell of meat cooking, preferably barbecued or fried, species does not matter a great deal. Also, any really fresh food with a smell.
My least favourite smell is burning plastic.

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Kosenjou » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:03 pm UTC

Freshly cut grass. It reminds me of being a kid.

Also, the scent of lillies is an abomination and should be eradicated.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby ZeroSum » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:07 pm UTC

I enjoy that burning sulfurous scent of a freshly struck match, though I don't like the smell of smoke.
I like the stink of a skunk because I like things that challenge my senses.
I like the smell of fresh rice and fresh melon.

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Cheese » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:10 pm UTC

Kosenjou wrote:Freshly cut grass.
This and burning plastic are probably two of my least favourites (others low on the list include that lovely variety of fart smells, and cigarette smoke).
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Leesam » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:19 pm UTC

ZeroSum wrote:I like the stink of a skunk because I like things that challenge my senses.


I like the stink of a skunk because it reminds me I'm in Massachusetts.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Kineticka » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:19 pm UTC

My favorite scented candle/oil/soap/what have you is apple. I don't associate it with anything, I just adore the way it smells. Roses too, to a lesser degree. Oddly enough, I sometimes like the smell of scented-candle roses better than I do an actual rose. I have a whole package of iced tea scented candles, and they're very nice, but only in small doses.

In terms of real-world, I love the smell of coffee. I hate the taste of it, but the smell is just wonderful. For another, I'll always associate the smell of tomato sauce or baking something with cinnamon with my grandmother. And my fiance has a smell all his own. He smells like clean water and fabric softener, all the time. He put on cologne once, and ended up washing it off because I liked the way he smells without it better.

Cheese, I have to agree wholeheartedly with woodsmoke. I wouldn't have thought to mention it if you hadn't brought it up. :)

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Felstaff » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:20 pm UTC

Marzipan, and the sniffing thereof. Also, those glue-sticks (Pritt®-sticks to Colonials like me) that smelt of marzipan. Every one would lick one of those at one point, and then realise that no; glue sticks most definitely do not taste as good as they smell.

The scented glue sticks got banned, from what I recall, as too many kids were getting high off the fumes. Our school replaced the marzipan-smelling ones with glue that smelt a little like matured duck shit.

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Re: favorite smell

Postby segmentation fault » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:40 pm UTC

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Noff » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:53 pm UTC

Diesel fuel, cordite, and horse manure will always smell like home.

I like the coppery smell you get on your hands from playing an acoustic guitar.

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Re: favorite smell

Postby tiny » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:55 pm UTC

My boyfriend's neck, cheeks and ears, especially when he's been out in the sun. His half of the bed. (because I love him)
The ocean. The sandy pine woods nearby. Our tent. Merguez sausages being fried. (because I love to go camping and Merguez are part of it and easily one of the best tasting foods ever)
Gas ovens. Matches. (because they remind me of my greatgrandma)
Every food that I like, exept gorgonzola sauce and camembert.
Peppermint. (reminds me of my bf, too)
Cinnamon and oranges. (??)
The rose perfume by Anais Anais as worn by my mum. It smells best when she comes out of cold night air.
Asphalt when it rains on a warm day. Early mornings in summer. Summer evenings. (summer holidays... oh bliss, oh joy, oh happiness!)
My dad's garage. (??)
Staircases and cellars of very old houses. (mystery and memories of olden times)

All kinds of incense. Car's insides and exhaustions. Perfume. (coughing, head aches, nausea)
Hospitals. Kitty litter boxes, kitty breath and kitty bums. Trash cans. Beets, carrots, pumpkins. Sweaty people. (does this need an explanation?)
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Re: favorite smell

Postby parkaboy » Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:13 pm UTC

i like asphalt too, especially on a warm day. when i was younger (much) my friends and i, in early or very late summer, would go find a patch of semi-fresh asphalt and stand on it for a while with no shoes. it smelled and felt awesome. warmth, again ^_^ i also like how some people smell, without any scents on them. only a few though... jenn always smelled like a mixture of herbs b/c she grew, dried and stored all her own. i LOVED hanging out with her and her smell. =]
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Rat » Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:51 pm UTC

Leesam wrote:
ZeroSum wrote:I like the stink of a skunk because I like things that challenge my senses.


I like the stink of a skunk because it reminds me I'm in Massachusetts.


i only like the stink of a skunk when its coming from my weed...

one of the worst smells? cocaine maybe.. because cocaine is THE. WORST.

mmm but adderall smells good..


also, sauteed onions. :D

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Memo » Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:56 pm UTC

Old books.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby ++$_ » Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:57 pm UTC

Rat wrote:also, sauteed onions. :D
This. Fresh-baked bread is pretty good too.

The worst smell is those plug-in air fresheners. Human shit makes a bad second, followed by sulfur dioxide, chlorine, tobacco smoke, every single perfume and cologne ever invented, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia, in that order.

Weed isn't on the list because it smells exactly the same as shit to me, so it goes in exactly the same place.

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Pau! » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:07 pm UTC

Coconut is my favorite smell, no reasons why, it just is.

The smell of pot reminds me of really good kissing. I didn't smoke it, but my girlfriend at the time's parents did, all the time. Still best make-outs I've ever had.

Also, cinnamon, from good times cooking.

Also, that cold top-of-the-mountain-covered-in-evergreen-trees smell that, ends up, is exactly the same in the Appalachian mountains and in Lake Louise, Alberta. It was odd, being thousands of kilometers from home, and it smelling exactly the same.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby lorenith » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:16 pm UTC

New Tire smell is nice.

Meats being cooked with yummy spices and vegis...

I'm sure there's lots of other smells I like, but I can't think of them, I try and end up thinking of flavors of various fruits and vegis I like rather then smells. (How's that for sensory confusion...)

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Re: favorite smell

Postby PictureSarah » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:19 pm UTC

Favorite smells:
Citrus of all kinds, especially lemon.
cloves (actual cloves, not the cigarettes)
baking bread
honey
gardenias
jasmine oil
pine
snow
wildfire smoke (it smells different than just woodsmoke, and it's very nostalgic for me because the entire house would smell like it when my dad got home from a fire. Dirty nomex that have been sitting for a few days seeping in the smoke smell don't smell good, though)
Alfalfa hay
horses
the perfumes that I wear - J'Adore by Christian Dior, Flower by Kenzo, Pleasures by Estee Lauder or Beautiful Love by Estee Lauder
Freshly laundered clothes
chocolate

Smells that I can't stand -
Burning rubber, plastic, etc
the smell of the car when I was learning to drive a manual transmission :(
infected wounds
Bad body odor (a little bit isn't too bad, people smell sometimes...but some people are BAD)
blood
pig barns (having one or two pigs doesn't really smell, but a barn with 200 pigs is a different story entirely)
dairies
exhaust
frying beef
the dandruff shampoo that smells like tar
tar
sulfur
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Izawwlgood » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:38 pm UTC

Darkroom Fix. Theres something sharp and permeating about it I really enjoy.
Also, I like the smell of bleach and chlorine and gasoline, in the same way I like gorging on ice cream, i.e., I get a headache around it after a while.

A lot of people have very comforting scents.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby LE4dGOLEM » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:43 pm UTC

Another vote for ionised air/ozone.
Also petrol, Galaxy chocolate (although I'm not a fan of the new texture), fresh videogame manuals and warm asphalt/tarmac.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby parkaboy » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:49 pm UTC

ahh, this kind of falls back into the fetish thread, but the smell of books, and inks.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:51 pm UTC

....I like tar....
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Postby PictureSarah » Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:09 pm UTC

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Belial » Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:12 pm UTC

Leather.

Yet, oddly, no related fetishes.

Oh, and I'll add a +1 on coconut. Best fruit/nut/whatever in the world
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Re: favorite smell

Postby PhantomReality » Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:59 pm UTC

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Re: favorite smell

Postby gmalivuk » Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:29 pm UTC

Pine needles. The ones in your house at Christmas are good, too, but I especially mean when they're lying around blanketing the floor of a pine forest.

There are loads of other smells I also really like, but that's the one that always comes to mind when people ask about favorites. (Interestingly, it is one of the few things I actually have a favorite of. Color, not so much, so stop asking.)
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Hit3k » Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:51 pm UTC

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Nebulae » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:52 pm UTC

The comforting detergenty smell of freshly washed blankets. Mmmmmmmmmmmm

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Re: favorite smell

Postby Cheese » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:56 pm UTC

Hit3k wrote:New iPod
Good point - fresh paper!

Not necessarily new textbooks, though, as they usually reek of the plastic used to make the covers...
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Goatboy » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:00 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:fresh Asphalt...
I like you, ST, but that's seriously disgusting. Asphalt & roofing tar both shut me down with nastiness. They rank down there with burnt popcorn.

Pleasant smells include strawberry (synth), lilac (natural), maple, new CDs, old library books. I've always loved old books, but didn't realize about new CDs until my friend Joe got the first System of a Down record back in 1999/2000. It reminds me of when I thought metal was exciting and relevant.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby lorenith » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:01 pm UTC

Ahh, I remember another one.

Old book smell. My mom has a ton of older books, with yellowing pages and they smell pretty awesome. New book smell not as much, they has this weird acrid tinge that puts me off to the rest of it.

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Re: favorite smell

Postby plytho » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:09 pm UTC

My girlfriend has the best smell in the world. She leaves for school erlier than me and I usually fall back asleep after she leaves. So when I wake up after a while she's gone, but I can still smell her. Almost as good as her actually still lying next to me. I love that smell.

I also like the smell of food, can't be more specific, all food smells good.
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Re: favorite smell

Postby Goatboy » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:11 pm UTC

As it just finished playing and I took it out of the player, I was reminded that the grape edition of CAKE's B-Sides & Rarities smells like acrid death.

I forgot to mention that I lovelovelove coconut, pineapple, piña colada, and coconut lime. I've also been known to huff bags of beef jerky.
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