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What is a scent or aroma that you find to be under-rated?

Asked by Kardamom (32003points) April 8th, 2017

There are lots of fabulous smells. I think we’ve all talked about some of our favorites. Yesterday, I opened up a new box of graham crackers and took a deep whiff. It smelled so good! I never really thought about graham crackers as being one of the finest smells in the world, but it really is nice. Then I started thinking about other under-rated smells.

The second one I though of is the scent inside of an ice skating rink. I don’t know exactly how to describe it, but if you’ve ever been in an ice rink, the scent is very distinct. I skated when I was young, and whenever I smell that scent as an adult, the hair rises on the back of my neck and I am transported to a wonderful time in my childhood.

What scents do you find are under-rated?

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cookieman's avatar

New carpet smell.

The scent from a baby’s head.

That Frito scent from a dog’s paws.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I love the smell of chickens. When I was little I would sit around with a rooster on my lap. I would pet him while I gazed at clouds, or watched critters play. Every few minutes I would press my nose into the soft, golden feathers on the back of his neck and breathe in deeply a few times. I wanted to never forget that smell.

Sneki95's avatar

The smell of river. It has that specific smell….

Kardamom's avatar

I just thought of another one, based upon @Patty_Melt‘s answer. Cats. They just have a wonderful smell. I love to nuzzle their heads and kiss their bellies.

gondwanalon's avatar

The smell of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria culture when I worked in clinical microbiology lab. The smell reminded me of smell of spiderwebs that I was playing with when I was about 4 years old. It is so distinct. Nothing else like it. No one understood me when I tried to tell them about it. But whenever I caught a whiff of spiderwebs-smell I knew instantly that I was working with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Sneki95's avatar

@Kardamom Guess we haven’t been around the same type of a cat. Every cat I know of stank like hell.

gondwanalon's avatar

My cats smell a little like anaerobic bacteria. P-U!

Seek's avatar

Honeysuckle is attached to happy memories.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Baby powder
Baby shampoo
Dial soap

Love_my_doggie's avatar

That sharp, fresh smell of ozone, just before or after summer rain.

jca's avatar

So many flowers. Lily of the Valley reminds me of my grandmother. She used to have Lillies of the Valley in her yard.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Pine trees on a hot day in the high desert (around Big Bear Lake) in Southern California or Orange blossoms at twilight.

Coloma's avatar

Hay & freshly cut grass. Divine.

Rarebear's avatar

Cascade hops.

ucme's avatar


Kardamom's avatar

@ucme, you sure are in a randy mood the last few days : )

ucme's avatar

I must only want nice people to answer :)

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Mimeographed pages.

Anyone who’s old enough to remember this, you’ll understand exactly. Remember putting your nose against a freshly-printed page and inhaling deeply?

Kardamom's avatar

I had almost forgotten about Caress soap.

kruger_d's avatar

Wet wool. My mother used work spin and dye wool. Last week I made felt with students and it left a wonderful sweet swell on my hands. Also, I love the smells of pipe tobacco, Ivory soap and sweet grass.

Cooper_Saldana's avatar

I like how the movie theater always smells like buttered popcorn.
I actually really like the smell of Crown Royal whiskey it reminds me of partying when I was younger.
A certain perfume that this girl
I had a crush on in junior high used to wear.
If I ever smell it anywhere I feel like I’m back in grade 8 and excited to see this girl because I could smell her perfume by our lockers and I knew she was in school that day.

cazzie's avatar

Old books. New Books. Puppy breath. Sawdust. Sauna. Grønnsåpe. Fjord mist (getting loads of it today with a strong on-shore wind). The fresh press juice factory I worked for in New Zealand. ( Jasmine and Nectarines.

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