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    Default Scents other than fragrances that you love

    I'm talking about scents that you find either in nature or in your day to day life that you love. It doesn't mean that it can't be something that has been used in some part in a fragrance, but just a scent that you love. I happen to love the smell of pine, fresh salty sea air, and the smell of crackling wood on a cold night. There's this wonderful Peruvian restaurant not too far from where I live which makes amazing chicken, which they cook in their wood burning ovens. The smell of burning wood is heavenly, and can be smelled hundreds of feet away from the restaurant. Something else that I love equally is the scent of burning charcoal. There's a small market not too far from me which barbeques meats using charcoal on the weekend. The smell of the burning charcoal just makes me want to open a cold beer and sit down next to it, and be lazy the whole day.

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    Love the aromas of Chicken Tandoori, the scent of burning Charcoal, yes.


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    Oh yeah, that too...The scent of a good Indian restaurant. I'm right there with you : )

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    The Just Starting Out section had a recent thread on the same topic, but I'll chime in again here.


    Some scents that I find intriguing are:
    • garden plants: violet, rose, tobacco flower, tomato (leaf and fruit), marigold, brugmansia, locust in bloom, Texas croton (always thought this would make a good herbal note in perfumery), prairie grass in bloom, cut grass
    • tropical flowers: plumeria, jasmine, orchid
    • Ripe tropical fruit: pineapple, mango, jackfruit, durian
    • Animals: horses, dogs, puppies, cows, zoos, humans
    • man-made: rubber (tire store!), gasoline, diesel, auto repair shop, farm tractors, old barns, dry cleaning shop, teeth being drilled (dental office), old paper, libraries, dairies & ice cream factories, breweries & wineries, museums (especially natural history museums), old attics and basements, old European cathedrals, the Taj Mahal, Asian food markets
    • forest: ozonic thunderstorm air, brown loam soil, compost, tree bark, wet moss, crushed sassafrass leaf, cut wood (pine, cedar, oak, walnut), bog & swamp
    • places: Delhi, Manila, Bali, Salt lake City, Paris
    • marine: seaweed, salt water spray, fish, bilge water
    Not all are good scents, but they're unique and intimately associated with the things that create them. I suppose I could have been more descriptive for each of the smells above, but it would have been forbiddingly long. It'll be fun to see what smells captivate others.
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    I love coffee's aroma, new leather and "just started to rain" smell.

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    Im nuts about:

    fresh baked bread
    cinnamon
    chimney smoke in the neighbourhood...

    ...and I'm with Jasper on the "just started to rain"
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    I'm one of those who always notices, but doesn't really enjoy the scent of rain.

    Some of my favorites are:
    gas station gasoline
    brewed coffee in the morning (even though I don't drink it) - not coffee shoppes though
    saw dust
    chimney fires in autumn, from the outside of a house
    fresh concrete that has not been poured yet

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    coffee beans
    white board pens
    permanent marker pens
    the smell of a hot day on the beach
    sesam oil
    leaves in the rain

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    I love the smell of:

    - Good pipe tobacco (different flavors)
    - Thai Food
    - Rain on warm earth
    - Sea
    - Horses
    - Pineapple, Mangaba, Mango, Guava and other brazilian fruits
    - herbs that you use on food (like basil)
    - Flowers in general, especially white flowers

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    Rain on hot, sunbaked asphalt.

    Cedar and pine forest on a hot, sunny day.

    The smell of the air on a BC Ferry.

    Traditional breakfast cooking (eggs/bacon/hashies/sausages/pancakes/coffee etc.) when one is camping/roadtripping/at summer camp.

    Fresh cream or milk.

    Baking, especially during holiday times.

    Clean baby.

    Gasoline (my Dad used to make sure I wasn't standing by the pump sniffing away the whole time he was getting gas when I was little)

    Woodsmoke in the Fall.

    Jack-o-Lanterns (i.e. pumpkin *with* a burning wax candle inside).

    Vegetation at night.
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    I posted this elsewhere but I love the smell of the day after a party empty beer bottles. The rotting barley. hop and traces of alcohol are an odd sweetness to it that I like.

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    cinnamon.
    and leather.
    and fuel.
    and fire (thank god i got a small fireside, not very common here)
    forest after rain.
    how the garden changes from season to season.
    vanilla.
    and i second basil

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    Coal Smoke on a cold day
    Wood Smoke on a cool day
    Smell of the air when a fresh sea breeze blows in (not so much marine, but CLEAN)
    Rose petals
    Jasmine
    Tar on a hot day (Asphalt)
    Dirt
    Pastureland in the spring
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    Quote Originally Posted by LedByMyNose View Post
    ...Jack-o-Lanterns (i.e. pumpkin *with* a burning wax candle inside)...
    Good one!
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    Well, I guess we can all be honest here?


    I love the smell of weed.

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    Crayons!!!!!! they smell so good . i want toeat them hahahahaha!! and dont act like you dont either

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    Rain on hot, sunbaked asphalt
    Rain on hot hay
    Rain on dry mud
    Weed - dry mint leaves
    Basil , Basil oil
    Manhattan Subways
    Oregon Sea coast- esp cannon beach
    cold air after a snowfall in Syracuse NY
    cold air in winters near Niagara Falls- Almost has a metallic accord
    Bylanes of istanbul, bombay,


    I think

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    I love the smell of a French patisserie, and like many others, the smell of fresh coffee, as well as the rich fragrance of dark chocolate and the comforting smell of pencil shavings. But one of my most favourite smells in the world is that of a freshly struck match, or a just fired cap from a cap gun. Terre d'Hermès comes close to that sulphorous scent it its "flint" note, as do some other grapefruit scents, but it's not quite the same, not as special nor as nostalgiac as the real thing.

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    Pesto with garden-fresh basil (garlic included!)
    An ice-cold gin and tonic with a fresh squeeze of lime
    Tomato sauce gently simmering away on a cold December Sunday
    Musty apples
    Old records
    Antique wood furniture

    and I'm with Dimitri on chimney smoke in the neighborhood.

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    my girlfriend early in the morning
    "You smell kinda pretty! Wanna Smell me ?"
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    Ahhh, I finally found this thread! I was searching all over for it! I wanted to bump it because one, I am absolutely obsessed with the smell of charcoal, I find the scent simply amazing (it's wafting off our deck as I type), and two because I want to hear more opinions!
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    Walking into a shoe repair shop man. I love that smell of rubber / leather / glue.

    Also, being Italian, the smell of fried peppers with garlic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    Walking into a shoe repair shop man. I love that smell of rubber / leather / glue.

    Also, being Italian, the smell of fried peppers with garlic.
    AE a big yes on both accounts. I used to work as a shoe salesman, the smell inside a BRAND NEW box of shoes is like a damn drug, it's truly intoxicating.

    Though, I'm not very Italian, there is quite a bit on my mother's side, and she cooks a mean Italian sauce and lasagna a few times a year, the smell of our house on those days are divine.
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    I'm amazed I never became a "huffer" in the 70's like the rest of my neighborhood did.

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    I also have to admit I'm strangely fond of the smell of bleach. Weird huh?
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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    The fragrant smell of a blooming Brazilian jaboticaba tree.

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    It's hard to beat wild honeysuckle on a hot summer night! WOW.

    This Method hand soap (from Target) smells good. Like Creed Erolfa.

    Krispy Kream Doughnut Shops and The Starbucks drive-thru window.

    Confederate Jasmine plant outside my office deck.

    My sons' heads! Sweet baby smell! (and one is 13!)

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    Chuck, what color of the Method soap is it? I would not mind washing my hands in something that smelled like Erolfa.
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    The Method is the liquid clear version. Very clean smelling.

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    It's embarrassing that I don't know the name (still, after years) but for a few weeks of each year in the fall (the fall in northern NJ is about 1 week long) and for about the same amount of time in the spring there is a flower that I smell in certain places, especially on campus, that I love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    The Method is the liquid clear version. Very clean smelling.
    Thanks Chuck, I've got a Target within shouting distance from my house, I'll check it out.
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    - Indian grocery stores
    - wood fires
    - unlit clove cigarettes
    - soy sauce
    - sweetened condensed milk
    - tomatoes
    - Shoyeido incense
    - olive oil
    - and like many others, I love the smell of rain in the air. Also, a clean, refreshing breeze on a cool autumn morning is very inspiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lian View Post
    I also have to admit I'm strangely fond of the smell of bleach. Weird huh?
    Ha! I would have felt a little funny saying that, but I too strangely enjoy the smell of Chlorinated water and household bleach. I also love the smell of fresh paint and newly lacquered wood furniture

    Of course I often find myself lead by the smell of fresh bakeries and hawker/street food
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    Those are probably my 3 favorites too

    I love new car smell, the smell of fresh sheets/laundry, freshly clipped grass, and all of the scents one comes across on walks in the woods and on the beach.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper View Post
    I love coffee's aroma, new leather and "just started to rain" smell.

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    I love it too - after I've run the dishwasher or washing machine with a load of whites and I come back into my place I can smell the bleach and it's like "ahhhh clean"

    Quote Originally Posted by Lian View Post
    I also have to admit I'm strangely fond of the smell of bleach. Weird huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bromo33333 View Post
    Tar on a hot day (Asphalt)
    Took the words right out of my mouth on both accounts (tar + hot day).

    I, as well, love the smell of rain blowing through my window on a chilly day. Heavenly!

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    Rain, clean laundry, baking cookies or baking bread, garlic, and.. unfortunately there's a smell in the air around Fall that I'm guessing is from a flower or tree.. but I have no clue what it is. I love whatever it is though because I love Fall.. and I live in the country so I know it has to be something natural haha
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    The scent of humid greenhouse air is amazing so is the smell of unsmoked tabbacco
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    FRESH BASIL LEAVES....like literally 'eating perfume'!

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    French fries cooked in olive oil....

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    Fresh brewed coffee
    Pipe Tobacco (unlit as well as smoke)
    Erasers
    Crayons (yes, used to eat those)
    New leather goods
    Thyme
    Curry powder
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Coffee (Tim Hortons!)
    Bread Baking
    Thunderstorm Air
    Cedar, Pine
    Diesel!?!
    Horses
    Watermelon
    Chimney smoke in the winter
    Suntan lotion
    Onions frying
    Grass (both kinds)

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    Scent of my ex. =)

    Frying garlic or Onion.

    Petrol (lol i know its toxic, used to like it though)
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    Italian dishes, especially oven-baked pizzas with huge quantities of Oregano
    Oak forests, during any season
    Pastry shops
    Cuban cigars (and various other high quality tobacco)
    Some of my favorite wines
    Leather straps of some of my watches
    Incense sticks
    Coffee (in fact, I like the smell more than the taste)
    Extra virgin olive oil
    The evening air, with a dash of hay, in the countryside
    Small lavender- and herb-based air freshening and fabric freshening sacks
    Loaves of fresh, almost warm, bread
    Balsamic vinegar and apple vinegar
    Anything new (meaning that I tend to remember this "new smell" of certain newly bought clothes, cars, appliances etc.)
    The paper sheets and hardback covers of certain books
    Barbecued meat
    Mixed pickles
    I also second the smell of pineapple, mango, with an addition of other favorite fruity smells: citrus fruits, kiwi, nectarines, peaches and apricots.
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    The aroma in the air when standing outside a brewery or whisky distillery.

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    Easy: Scent of a woman.

    Hoo-ha!

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    A few of my favourite aromas

    Fresh baking bread
    Coffee
    Christmas trees
    Oranges
    Honeysuckle
    My cats
    Petrol
    Pipe tobacco
    Bacon
    Cinnamon
    Freshly mown grass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    Im nuts about:

    fresh baked bread
    cinnamon
    plus...freshly baked cake
    and any thing with chocolate in it including my favourite- freshly cooked chocolate chip cookies!!!!!
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    Lawn and forest after the rain
    Cut wood
    Cooked jasmine rice
    High quality Japanese soy sauce
    Vodka
    New vinyl LP record

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    aroma/taste of lipstick after kissing the woman I love
    Plastykos

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    the bakery in the morning
    freshly brewed coffee
    jasmine in the evenings
    forest after the rain
    coriander leaves
    barbecue pit on a chilly day
    new leather furniture/car seats
    grapefruit
    crisp, newly minted currency notes

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    Cola flavoured sweets/candy.
    Wet grass
    A cold Gin & Tonic
    The sea
    Camp fires
    Coffee
    Magazines
    My lady <3

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    Freshly opened CD's and their liner notes...mmmmm. Inhale deeply....

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    I have a vintage Don Post latex mask...It smells amazing!!! I wish they made a fragrance that smellled like it!

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