I'm bumping this post, because something happened this weekend that made me think of this story:
I hate cleaning my house. Hate it. Nonetheless, we aren't able to afford a housekeeper for now so someone's gotta clean it, and that someone is me.
Whenever I clean, I can't wear fragrances while I'm doing it because: 1) the scent I have on is very soon disintegrated by the smell of the cleaners and chemicals I clean with and 2) I don't want any bad olfactory associations with my scents [I don't want to think of cleaning my dirty toilet, next time I wear Ambre Sultan
This weekend I cleaned my kitchen and I also cleaned the oven. Not too bad, considering my oven has it's own self cleaning cycle. I mopped the floor with a brand new, lavender scented product - one that I have been wanting to try for quite some time: Lavender, Vanilla & Comfort by Febreze /Swiffer. I remember reading about the Febreze marketing strategy of the scent in Chander Burr's article in the NYT, 'Purple Odor Eater'
. Well, the Swiffer wet wipes smell pretty friggin' good.
I mopped the entire kitchen floor and set the oven on it's self clean cycle - which gets the oven extremely hot
. When I came back in the kitchen after an hour or so, the entire area smelled like Gris Clair
. No kidding.
I think it was the combination of the same medicinal lavender smell and the heat of the oven, gave off a hot, metallic, ash-y smell that we're discussing on this thread. It was as if I had sprayed GC in the air, like a home spray, with just a tad of sweetness (the vanilla). It smelled awesome!
I'm wearing GC now and of course
, in my mind, it smells like a clean, warm oven, kitchen smell.