What for you is the greatest smell of all?

@James72 (26833)
Australia
October 27, 2008 9:37am CST
I once asked what your greatest sound to hear is and have been inspired by anther member to put a slightly different spin on the same question. (Thanks s*******) So what is the most wonderful aroma in your opinion? I personally love the smell of freshly baking bread or cookies, the rain and the ocean.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Smell of rain, coffee, bakery, fresh laundry, familiar smell of some Filipino food or any kind of food for that matter and boyfriend's natural scent.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
27 Oct 08
How could I have forgotten to add our little doggie's smell to that list? She smells bad sometimes but her smell comforts me.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
27 Oct 08
The best thing of all SaintAnne is that every example you have just given could all be present in the one place at the one time! Now imagine THAT! (assuming it's a cafe next to a Laundromat! lol) Thanks for the response.
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• United States
27 Oct 08
I love the smell the air gets just before it starts to rain, and the smell the rain makes when it hits the ground, whether it is hitting dirt or grass. I love the smell of cinnamon. And, I love the smell of a baby right after they've had a bath. I love the smell of bread cooking, and I love the smells of Christmas that waft through the house on Christmas morning. I can't pick a favorite smell, I am a "smells" freak.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
Rain seems to be a popular favourite here! I just wish I had the chance to smell it more often. There is a chain of cafe/bakeries here called "Cinnabon" and as soon as you step off the escalator the smell of cinnamon laced baking hiys you in the face, it's a wonderful aroma! I always knew you were a freak Bo; I just never realized that you saw it as streamlined into smells only! lol. Thanks for the response.
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• United States
28 Oct 08
Heehee. Well, it's not limited to smells, silly. YOu know how some people like to touch things because they like different textures, I am that way with smells. And, I am just a freak in general.*L*
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
Do you remember those scratch and sniff stickers Bo? I am assuming that if you do then these things would be like heaven for a freak like you yes?
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@jimbomuso (950)
27 Oct 08
hi James! For me it would have to be just after a storm and the rain has come down.. it's such a fresh smell..... or some really potent skunk!
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
27 Oct 08
Heya Jimbo! I agree wholeheartedly that the smell of fresh rain is one of the best; but I haven't actually had the pleasure (or is it DISpleasure?) of smelling a skunk yet. But if it's just as good or even better than the smell of rain then sign me up! lol. Thanks for the response.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
27 Oct 08
I have read about this tomato juice part when it comes to skunks that have sprayed on you. How odd!
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
I have embraced the most potent remedy of all Irish. Living in countries with NO skunks! The closest I get to skunks is Pepe le Pew on the Cartoon Network.
@23uday (3000)
• India
27 Oct 08
Hi buddies, I had a greatest smell for me.When i drink a cup of coffee(nascafe) I feel thats my greatest smell.I think every thing i likes a great smell for me.Every persons having a great smell of all the time.So,have you ever done a great smell?
@James72 (26833)
• Australia
27 Oct 08
Hi 23uday. The smell of coffee can be fantastic and especially when we walk past a cafe that is freshly grinding it! Have I ever DONE a great smell?? I have cleared the room occasionally so would have to say yes! Thanks for responding.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
27 Oct 08
Hahaha. Well this is probably one of those less desirous examples of great minds thinking alike then!
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@fornits (44)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
The greatest smell of all? My wife, immediately after taking a shower. Makes my oodles do the toodles!
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
lol. "Oodles do the toodles" is an interesting way to put it fornits! Thanks for responding and welcome to mylot too.
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@my2boys (822)
• United States
27 Oct 08
For me the greatest smell of all is a newborn baby. I just love the way they smell. The second would be laundry. If you walk outside someones home when they are doing laundry and you smell the scent through the dryer vent as you are walking by. It smells really nice and clean.
@James72 (26833)
• Australia
27 Oct 08
Actually I have heard a lot of people say they love the smell of a newborn baby; especially women! Isn't it supposed to make them all clucky or something? lol. I know the dryer smell you are talking about and it is one I like also. "Nice and clean" is a good way to describe it! Thanks for the response my2boys.
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@balasri (26577)
• India
31 Oct 08
I love the smell of the new born babies.It is very divine and angelic.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
31 Oct 08
It seems to be a neck and neck battle betwwen the smell of new born babies and the rain for the best smell of all! If there ended up being a lot of babies born while it's raining then I reckon we might end up with a large number of very confused people. Thanks for the response balasri.
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@balasri (26577)
• India
31 Oct 08
I haven't thought of it James.What a great combination.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
31 Oct 08
Well if you ever do end up experiencing it, try to bottle the smell somehow. If you manage to do this I think you could be rich!
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@kayedanda (1850)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
i actually have several things that i consider as the greatest. i love the smell of morning air when i open the windows first thing in the morning. it's so energizing for me. i love the smell of my five-month old baby. she smells so nice all the time. her breath smells good too, and i actually put my nose near her little mouth and sniff it every time she yawns i love the smell of tocino cooking, it makes me wild with hunger. i love the smell of scrambled eggs, too. there are a lot of other things that smell good to me, but from the top of my head, i think that's about it.
@James72 (26833)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
A baby's breath is sort of sweet smelling from memory so I can appreciate how it can be a liked smell of many. I am not sure what tocino is actually but I do like the smell of many different things cooking so this sounds good to me! When I am hungry, walking through a food court with all the different smells coming from all the different food outlets drives me crazy! lol. Thanks for the response kayedanda.
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@kayedanda (1850)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
oh, pardon me for not translating. tocino is cured pork/chicken (but i like pork better) that is sweetened. it's a spanish word, actually. it never fails to whet my appetite, that smell. a picture of tocino i found on the net: http://iskasrecipes.busythumbs.com/users/i/iska/iskasrecipes/images/tocino.JPG now i'm gettin' hungry but our viand tonight is lumpiang shanghai (Filipino spring rolls, so you would not wonder what it is . one of my favorite viands, too, although not as fragrant as tocino. :)
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@kayedanda (1850)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
here's a picture of lumpiang shanghai, by the way: www.chocateringservice.com/images/Lumpia1.jpg lemme just eat first. i'm salivating already
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I love the smell of vanilla!!!! As a matter of fact, I keep a vanilla candle burning in my home 24/7. Vanilla is so relaxing & according to my doc it's good for my digestive system.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
30 Oct 08
I love the smell of vanilla too and especially if it is fresh from a pod! Ther have been several comments so far saying that vanilla is also an aphrodisiac! Thanks for the response LadyMarissa.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
30 Oct 08
Interesting perspective I must say! Make sure you wear some vanilla behind the ears then next time you go out!
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Actually, my perfume is Vanilla Musk
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@mtdewgurl74 (18124)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Yeah I love the smell of the outside after a good hard rain..when the flowers are in bloom since it blends all the scents together making it smell like a delightful perfume(especially with lilac..). I also love the scent of Vanilla..it is so soothing and i like it alot.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
23 Jun 09
Oh I miss that smell SO much! It hasn't rained here for ages unfortunately, so that smell is but a memory at the moment. I've always enjoyed the smell of vanilla too, especially when it's in something that's being baked like cakes and cookies etc. Thanks for the response Becca.
@mtdewgurl74 (18124)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I think vanilla became my favorite scent because of my grandma..it seemed whenever she would use it and we were there she would dab some behind my ears and told me that is what they used to wear as perfume..I haven't dabbed any behind my ears in a long time..but I do by the Vanilla scented body sprays,perfumes,washes,soaps,shampoo..etc..The scent suits me well,And what is better then smelling somewhat like a cookie all day..?
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
26 Jun 09
lol. Smelling like a cookie doesn't sound too bad at all actually!
• United States
29 Oct 08
Coffee brewing in the morning... especially when it is intermingled with the delicious aroma of sizzling bacon. Nothing will get me out of bed faster. The smell of the sea wafting in through an open window makes my heart sing. The lingering smell of Sandalwood incense brings out the mystic in me. The intoxicating aroma of Skunk makes me delirious! (Weed, not the animal, silly!!) The smell of orange blossoms makes me want to dance. But the smell of the air after a cleansing rain takes my name and I am born anew!
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
29 Oct 08
Hands down freshly brewing coffee is up there with the best of them and I have always stated my love of anything to do with the ocean so I have to agree with you on that one too. As far as I am concerned the ocean cures all! I had never thought of sizzling bacon smells until now and have to say that now I want some bacon! lol. I haven't had this for a very long time. Skunk weed though is an interesting one because I've never really liked the smell myself. Mix it wih orange blossoms and I just might! We had a light rain shower here again the other day and I smelled the rain before I saw it and it was fantastic. I ended up opening the door to the balcony in my office so I could hear it and smell it even moreso but it stopped as quickly as it started. On a different note, I am sure that the smell of a burning old couch will top all of these aromas you have just listed for sure. Maybe you can stuff the upholstery with sandalwood and skunk beforehand and really milk the moment!
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• United States
31 Oct 08
Hahaha, yeah, I thought of you when I wrote that one Tremor!
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
31 Oct 08
I don't even wanna THINK what type of conversation you two would have if you did meet one day and skunk entered the equation!
@camomom (7537)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Vanilla, I find it to be very relaxing. It's also supposedly an aphrodesiac. LOL. I've always loved it, it just smells so yummy.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
I just heard this before actually that vanilla may be an aphrodisiac! This was a new thing for me to learn, that's for sure. I love the smell of vanilla too and like the taste as well. Especially when it comes from fresh vanilla pods but I haven't seen these for ages so have to stick with the essence. Thanks for the response camomom.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I've never tried to eat it like that. I have only eaten things flavored with vanilla flavoring.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
It's a fantastic flavour camomom. You split the pods and then scrape the pure vanilla out from inside the pod. The smell is amazing and it is as pure vanilla as you can get! If you ever see vanilla pods at the market you should get some. You only need the smallest amount for flavouring too.
@kwenge (2347)
• Kenya
30 Oct 08
The greatest smell is the smell of my husband while kissing me........I never figured out what comes from his lungs or wherever it comes from but it really makes me weak. The first time we kissed I fell down. The smell of soil after the rain has rained is wonderful, it was the best before I met him.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
30 Oct 08
I think that what you need to do now kwenge is wait until it starts raining and then go and kiss your husband while laying in the soil! For sure the entire experience will send you off to some type of heaven! lol. Thanks for the response.
@kwenge (2347)
• Kenya
31 Oct 08
Heheheheeeeeeeee James, you knocked me out. This is a good idea and i think am going to try it out soon! or we make love lying down in the rain! I cant imagine the heaven I might go! Paradise........thanks for juggling my sense of smell and imagination.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
31 Oct 08
Goodness me kwenge! I am happy that you like the idea but if you are going to take it past kissing then I suggest you be discreet! If not you may have to experience the smell of a police car in the mix! Hahaha.
• Philippines
1 Nov 08
hello james! A new born baby! hehehe. Nothing beats it. Regards, sheena
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• Philippines
1 Nov 08
if you're doing a survey then a new born baby will win for sure! LOL
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
1 Nov 08
Hi Sheena. Yes, you are right for sure. It's a race between new born babies and rain for the greatest smell of all! I have already said we should try to seek a way to bottle these smells and make a fortune! Thanks for the response.
@Nhey16 (2519)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
mmm... the smell of freshly baked bread and cookies, yeah.... added with the smell of freshly brewed coffee.... also the smell of a newly bathed baby... :)
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
9 Nov 08
Baby smells appear to be one of the all time favourites Nhey; and the first three you share sound perfect to me! If I could start my day with the smells of baking and freshly brewing coffee I would be pretty happy! Thanks for the response.
• United States
8 Nov 08
I have a few that come to mind. The smell of the desert when it rains. There is nothing like it. It makes me feel weightless, because when I am able to smell rain in the desert it means that I am in wide open spaces. The smell of grass being watered. When I smell that, it means that I am at a ball park, one of my favorite places to be, with people I enjoy spending time with. The smell of my horses. I love to bury my face into the soft place on my horses face, between his lips and his cheek. I know there is a name for that place, I just can't think of it. As I breath him in, he is doing the same to me. It's our way of sharing a peaceful moment.
@James72 (26833)
• Australia
9 Nov 08
I love the smell of the rain too but I am not sure if I have smelled it raining in a desert as such! Arguably I guess you could say I have because Egypt is mostly desert; but I am in the City centre. One of my dreams is to one day see a professional baseball game so hopefully I can add this smell you describe to my list as well in time; although I have of course smelled grass being watered when I have been watering it myself. As for horses, I used to ride quite a bit many years ago and remember having someone tell me that one of the first things you should do when meeting a new horse for the first time is to breath each other in! Thanks for the response cowgirlheart.
• United States
8 Nov 08
Hmm,i couldn't just choose one!!I myself am a very stop and smell the roses kind of person.For starters i love to smell fresh coffee in the morning,the smell of freshly cut grass,the smell of a smoking grill in the summertime.I love the smell of my man after we've mixed our farmones,and of course the ocean air.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
8 Nov 08
I can relate to every one of those smells but one marquita. (I shall let you work out the odd one out for me! ) But by far my favourite of the lot you have mentioned is the ocean air. I have always loved anything to do with the beach and the smell of the ocean is very blissful for me. Thanks for the response.
@liquorice (3903)
31 Oct 08
I love the smell of fresh tar and of rubber (like you get from new tennis balls). I could smell them all day! I also really like the smell of garlic and of coffee, although strangely I really went off both of these smells when I was pregnant; they had the opposite effect and just made me feel sick! Luckily I like them again now. I can also relate to the people who are saying they like the smell of babies. My daughter has always smelt so lovely, especially after a bath.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
31 Oct 08
Garlic and coffee are two I can definitely relate to liquorice but the tar and rubber smells are a unique one I must say! I am still firmly of the opinion that if someone could bottle baby smell and sell it as an aromatherapy type product they would make a fortune! lol. Thanks for the response.
@ersmommy1 (12607)
• United States
30 Oct 08
That smell would belong to my daughter. I love the smell of her newly washed hair. After her hair dries, and we are reading at bed time, she snuggles up and there it is. It is almost comforting and peaceful.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
30 Oct 08
I can relate to this one too ersmommy. Whether it is our children or our spouse, there is that sense of comfort from a scent of love that is indescribable! Thanks for the response.
@rkrish (3003)
• India
30 Oct 08
i love to smell the landsoil after a rain and even the breeze near to the seashore as well and often i love to smell the fragrance of fruits as well..but i am the greater hater of smells which are stink and i could not able to bear it for secs as well
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
30 Oct 08
I love the smells that come from the ocean also rkrish. The air always feels so clean and clear and makes me feel alive! The smell I love the most in fruits is the aroma of a ripe mango most of all. I am not sure what smells I really don;t like but ammonia is definitely one of them. Thanks for the response.