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Are there smells that are universally pleasant to humans?

Asked by Dutchess_III (42442points) September 29th, 2014

Just thought of this after reading a “fresh air” question. Do you think there are some smells that every human would find pleasant? If so, what would they be?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Do you ever expect 100 percent of people to agree on anything?

the100thmonkey's avatar

The smell of a baby.

2davidc8's avatar

Bread and other bakery items being baked.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It would be from an evolutionary / instinctive point of view @Adirondackwannabe. For example, I think it’s universal that humans do not like the smell of rotting meat. I think it’s universal that we would shy away from a dead human body.

the100thmonkey's avatar

@2davidc8 – how about the smell of a baby baked in a roll? ;)

Buttonstc's avatar

I would guess at Vanilla and possibly citrus. (as long as they’re from natural sources as opposed to chemicals concocted in a labroratory to (supposedly) mimic the scent.

This is based upon the fact that these two scents are the most commonly used in a wide variety of products (such as candles, cleaning products, air sprays etc. ) Well, you get the point.

talljasperman's avatar

Money and gold

rojo's avatar

According to a 1995 study by Allen Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Research Center, the most sexually arousing aroma for women was a mix of Good & Plenty and cucumber.

Dutton, Judy (2010). Secrets from the Sex Lab. Random House LLC. pp. 49–50. ISBN 9780767930291

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Chocolate, coffee & hickory smoke

hearkat's avatar

Popcorn – is there anyone who doesn’t like the smell of popcorn?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven.

rojo's avatar

A wood fire.

Buttonstc's avatar


What great links. And the top four on the list were all citrus based. Really interesting.

hearkat's avatar

I’m allergic to lavender.

talljasperman's avatar

clean water must smell good. Or rain water.

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