I’m sure we’ve all heard over and over again about how powerful and primal the sense of smell is to people; how just a whiff of a particular aroma can bring back a cascade of memories and images. Well, at the risk of being clich; here are a few of my Good Scents. Not necessarily pleasant or bad, just ones I find particularly interesting, in no particular odor, er order. I’ve intentionally omitted commercial fragrances.

  • Fresh Cut Grass
  • Campfire smoke
  • Newly tanned leather
  • Honeysuckles on a warm night
  • The Arizona desert
  • Particularly pungent cheese
  • Hot baked chocolate-chip cookies
  • Fireworks/Gunsmoke
  • Coffee
  • The ocean
  • Heated amber
  • Old books
  • Mint
  • The ozone air before a storm
  • Moss
  • A lover’s flesh (particularly the nape of the neck)
  • Fresh baked bread
  • Rough hewn or natural stone
  • Good red wine
  • Chocolate
  • Newly cut wood
  • Seafood
  • Garlic
  • Sun dried laundry
  • Camphor
  • Lavender
  • Humus (the dirt, not the food)
  • Cedar
  • Burning circuitry

Not particularly comprehensive or scientific list, just whatever came to mind.