One of the great things about fragrances is the ability for them to invoke sense memories. I love woody smells probably because they remind me of being in the woods...a place where it's easy to breathe deep and relax. I wear fragrance for myself, to take me to my happy place
There are a few scents that I can think of that I would love to either use in a fragrance, or find one that includes or suggests them. I call them my "California Smells"...smells that remind me of going fishing as a kid in said state.
The first is the smell of sun-baked dirt. Hot air, a slight breeze...trees...sand.
The second has been tough for me to figure out where exactly it comes from, but it's a smell I associate with shady, tree-lined streams. I would literally go down to the water and sniff around trying to figure out where it was coming from. Every time I smelled it there were always two things present: deciduous trees and running water. I determined that it was most likely coming from the wet fallen leaves. I even went so far as to try to figure out what tree's leaves it was, and most times, cottonwood trees were present.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I bet that people that are around it all the time don't even notice the smell, but it is so specific and obvious to me!