Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blog All About It: Favorite Scents

Linking up to the Blog All About It Challenge, hosted by Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup 

March's Blog All About It Challenge it topic is "Favorite Scent", a topic I have a difficult time narrowing down in the best of times. I turned to my husband and daughter for inspiration as well as the internet. It turns out my husband and I have a couple in common. My daughter, well, let's just say she needs to experience the world more, I think. It seems there are some common themes on the internet as to favorite scents from coffee to fresh mowed grass or the seaside. One list included gasoline (or petrol). And I know the smell of old or new books is a favorite among booklovers.

Both my husband and I love the smell of pine and the mountain air.  Add to that a camp fire warming us up at night. He and I also like the smell of the first rain. While he would say the first rain on pavement (it's actually quite a common favorite, evidently), I would just say fresh rain in general.

(Taken on our trip to Idyllwild this past summer)



I love the smell of a garden in the spring, even though the season brings out the worst of my allergies. Oh, and how I love the scent of the first hints of fall!



I also love the smell of homemade spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove, or fresh bread baking in the oven. Cinnamon is another favorite of mine. And freshly mopped floors in my house.




If I had to pick just one favorite scent, I would probably go with the Christmas season. Such a wonderful combination of scents all rolled into one! 

What are your favorite scents?


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49 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I just got lost in these photos! And I am sure the scents are lovely too! My favourite -- rose/sandalwood incense. And also gerberas :)

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    1. Verushka - The photos draw me in too. :-) I haven't had much experience with incense, but rose/sandalwood sounds wonderful.

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  2. I enjoyed your post and brining to mind the amazing smells. I especially enjoy the fresh air after it rains.

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    1. Pat - Yes! It's like the world has been cleaned . . .

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  3. Some awesome scents, especially the way Christmas has so many wonderful scents. I would add basil and rosemary in the garden where your fingers can trail over them and release those delicious scents. :)

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    1. Jenclair - You make me wish I had a herb garden. I don't think I could manage that well though. I kill everything just about. :-(

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  4. This is a fun topic! I like the fresh rain smell too and, in fact, when we lived in Portland, I told my husband that the air outside smelled fresh all the time. To me it did. And I didn't have allergies there. Well, I don't have them in the desert either. I like the smell of gingerbread - the combo of ginger and cinnamon and cloves - yum! And coffee - good coffee - I've gotten to be quite a coffee snob in my older years. I can't have too much of it, so what I do have is going to be good. Ha!

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    1. Kay - I would love to live somewhere where it rained frequently. Instead I live in a desert like area. I wish I could say it's helped my allergies, and in a way I suppose it has. My allergies were worse when I lived in Sacramento. Unfortunately, they are still rather bothersome at times. I love the smell of gingerbread too!

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  5. It would be hard to narrow down my favorite scent but cookies baking would surely be on the list.

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    1. Kathy - I left a lot of stuff off, I know. It really is hard to narrow it down!

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  6. Scent is a big deal to me. I feel like it perks me up mid-day. A must. I always have something around like hand lotion or leave in hair conditioner, etc. My fave scents on my body are mostly citrus scents (bergamot, mandarin, lemon) but I also love flowery scents like jasmine and gardenia.

    General scents I love: rain on dried brush, blooming jasmine, lilac, orange blossoms, movie popcorn, tropical smells like the ocean, coconut, pineapple, etc. I love the smell of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen. LOVE. GAIN. I love me some Gain detergent. Mostly clean, crisp smells.

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    1. Ti - How interesting! I will have to try that when I'm finding myself lagging. I like the citrus scents in soap too. And certain types of flowers. I can't do gardenia though.

      I forgot about orange blossoms! We live right next to an orange grove and I love the smell. I remember once my mom complained about the smell. She doesn't like it at all.

      When Mouse was born we had switched to unscented Gain and now I cannot stand fragrant laundry detergent. I am still searching for one that doesn't make me cringe. I don't especially like not having a smell either.

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  7. Some of mine are: fresh rain on hot pavement, the smell of homemade bread baking, and lilacs. :)

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    1. Lark - I forgot about lilacs! I love the smell of them too.

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  8. Yep, lots of these are my favorites too. I love gardens but my allergies also act up. Fun tag!

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    1. Iliana - I love the smell of gardens! Darn, allergies though. Always getting in the way.

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    1. Ellen - That's a smell I associate with my mom. :-) She loves her morning coffee.

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  10. Those are all great scents! I love the smell of rain on earth too!

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  11. What a FUN meme! I love your favorite scents and the photos you used to represent them :)

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    1. Molly - Thank you! It was a fun post to put together. :-)

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  12. My favorite scents are ones tied to memories. For example when I smell a gas stove, I think of my grandmother. Food is always a favorite smell as well.

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    1. Carole - I can think of several scents that carry memories for me as well. Old Spice will always remind me of my dad. :-)

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  13. So many wonderful scents; it's hard to list them all here! I also love the scent of baby powder and it reminds me so much of my girls when they were little. :)

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    1. Melody - Yes! It is so hard to narrow favorites down to a reasonable list. Baby powder is a nice smell. It brings back memories for me as well. :-)

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  14. Great photos and post Wendy, I just love mountain air and campfire scents too, they are comforting and remind me of our summer vacations at the lake. Many scents are tied to old memories, like when I have my homemade chicken soup cooking on the stove, it reminds me of when my grandma would make it for me when I was little. I use her recipe. Enjoy your weekend xo

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    1. Naida - Thank you! Oh yes! Some scents carry with them so many memories for me as well . . .

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  15. Oh yes on a lot of those. I do love the smell of Christmas. Fall is a wonderful smell, too. So crisp and just energizing.

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    1. Anna - I find the scents of fall energizing too. I love that time of year. It's no wonder it is my favorite time of year. :-)

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  16. I love that campfire smell. One of my favorite things about fall is when I go outside and someone is burning leaves somewhere in the distance. Cinnamon is a favorite of mine especially if it's like a buttery coffee cake smell.

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    1. Katherine - Oh yes! The smell of a fire in the fireplace. We don't have a real fireplace as it's prohibited in our area (because of the military air base), but sometimes I can smell it on walks or when visiting others.

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  17. Wendy, these pics are WONderful! But the subject is a tough one for me 'cause I'm chemically sensitive and almost all "fragrances," including natural ones, make me ill :( There are some smells I can still enjoy though, thank God! I'm totally with you on the "tomato sauce cooking" and "bread baking" or really any dessert baking, for that matter :) And there's something about freshly ground coffee beans :)

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    1. Donna Marie - I'm sorry to hear it.That must make it hard for you. A friend of mine is allergic to certain types of perfumes and so we have rules at work to accommodate her. Occasionally someone forgets, and it makes her miserable, but for the most part everyone remembers.

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    2. Wendy, it's wonderful to hear you actually have a workplace that cares enough to enforce the accommodation. Most of us are so disabled by it, working is impossibly :(

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  18. Enjoying a cup of coffee in a pine forest. That sounds good.

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  19. Sauce on the stome...nothing is better than that!

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  20. You and I share several common scents! Fun post!

    Visiting from linkup

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  21. I had to chuckle. I doubt anyone in my family would agree on a favorite, but I suppose they'd make good sounding boards, at least.

    You picked some good ones. I do love the scent of rain, but not in every place, if that makes sense. Yum for the Christmas holiday scent around the house. :)

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    1. Sophie Rose - My family often acts as my sounding board. :-)

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  22. ooooo! I can't wait for it to be warm enough for camping and bonfires!

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  23. Oh these are good. I didn't add petrol to my list but I probably should have. I love filling up the tank for that very reason! lol

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    1. Nicola - When I was younger, I used to like the smell of petrol, but not so much anymore. It's interesting how our tastes can change over the years, isn't it?

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  24. Excellent photo choices! They really do invoke a lot of scent memories.

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