Your favourite smells that are NOT perfumes...

(82 Posts)
FrickingFedUp Tue 02-Apr-13 01:17:44

I am getting more and more discerning with the smell of products in general, not just perfume, and I think they contribute just as much to your "smell". I love the smell of Aussie volumising shampoo and conditioner, and I have an abahnabody lotion that I love that smells of. Honeysuckle. I love layering on lots of lovely smells. I have yet to find a clothes washing detergent that I truly love though. What are your favourite non-perfume smells? smile

colditz Tue 02-Apr-13 01:19:45

Fresh,y cut grass, roses, the sea side, and other peoples chips.

I adore the smell of bleach! It just makes me feel clean.
Sweet peas - smelling them always reminds me of growing up as we had loads in our garden.
Cinnamon - I just do.

EMUZ Tue 02-Apr-13 01:31:06

Anything citrus
(No laughing!) surf liquid towie blush
J&J bedtime baby bath
L'oreal ever pure (rosemary and mint one)
Baby powder
Any wax tarts from candlewick greens (I burn them every day)

I could go on forever!!!

EMUZ Tue 02-Apr-13 01:31:56

Oh colditz I'm with you on the sea smile I love the salty seaweed smell.. Just smells fresh

abbyfromoz Tue 02-Apr-13 01:33:43

My DD's breath (i smell her dummy sometimes)
Lavender oil (i wear it as perfume)
Cinnamon doughnuts
Fresh cut grass

janji Tue 02-Apr-13 01:39:35

Fresh laundry
Summer breeze and freshly cut grass
Johnson s baby shampoo
Fish and chips at the seaside
Fried onions on bonfire night
Fresh rain on grass
Pipe smoke (reminds of dearly missed grandad)
Dhs aftershave at the end of a day at work?!!

Startail Tue 02-Apr-13 01:41:09

Lavender, it grows by my garden steps.
Rosemary, thyme and herbs in general, that smell you get once you step into the scrub land in Majorca in summer.

Christmas scent, orange, cinnamon, making Christmas cake and grating in nutmeg.

Real old fashioned roses.

Startail Tue 02-Apr-13 01:41:59

I actually also like fireworks

Startail Tue 02-Apr-13 01:44:07

Oh don't, we were watching an old QI and Jo brand was talking about smoking a pipe and I was remembering my dear grandpa too!

abbyfromoz Tue 02-Apr-13 01:55:24

Can i add SPF and coconut oil? (mmm holidays!!)

EarlGreyTeabag Tue 02-Apr-13 02:11:10

Laundry fresh from the washing line outside.
Pipe smoke (memories of grandad again).
Coffee jar freshly opened (even though I don't drink coffee).
Satsumas (remind me of childhood Christmases).
My cat's fur - smells of wood smoke for some reason!

MamaMimi Tue 02-Apr-13 02:28:16

A couple of my favourite smells are mushrooms being fried and warm/hot milk. I'm not food obsessed or anything grin

crazy8 Tue 02-Apr-13 02:55:27

Tarmac and wet plasterblush

Pine sap on cones
My boys just after their bath, i think its the combination of baby powder, lotion, and their hair (Burt's bees or the purple j&j)
Dh. He doesn't even wear aftershave, he just smells so good.
Men wearing lush's 'cosmetic lad'cream.
Wheat fields on a really hot day (childhood)
Hay bales, saddle soap (as above)

daffodils Smell cheerful but snowdrops smell the best,.like tiny pieces of honey and perfection, only not cloying at all. If someone could successfully bottle the smell of snowdrops everything, and I mean everything in my life would just cease while I sniffed joyfully!

IsaacCox Tue 02-Apr-13 06:44:49

Most of the above plus:
Sun tan/after sun lotion- just smells of holidays
Fruits esp strawberries
Almost any food that's cooking
Logs burning on the fire
Dried slices of oranges
The air when I'm horse riding
The stables
Pipe smoke too
The smell of spring/summer/autumn/winter
I think my favourite may be freshly cut grass

CheerfulYank Tue 02-Apr-13 06:57:21

My DH smelling of Irish Spring soap
DS after his bath
Sawdust and coffee and Dad
Since my third trimester started I've become obsessed with the scent of my Neutrogena face wash...I always wash my face twice in the shower now and just sit there inhaling it!

CheerfulYank Tue 02-Apr-13 06:59:19

Oh and my parents' sauna! It's -30 at least in the winter there, and after steaming up I stand outside in a towel getting colder and colder, looking at all the stars and smelling the woodsmoke and the snow and the hot cedar benches inside. It's lovely.

buttercrumble Tue 02-Apr-13 07:30:54

Fish and chips here too

vanillavelvet Tue 02-Apr-13 07:37:33

Freshly baked bread and coffee

HarrySnotter Tue 02-Apr-13 08:09:28

Lots of the above smells

Cigars - take me back to when I was about 4 sitting at my Grandpa's feet.

Vanderbilt perfume - reminds me of my mum. I have a bottle that was on her dressing table, it's gone all dark and smells awful now but I could never part with it.

Fishermans friends - reminds me of my dad.

Fish n chips.

Freshly baked bread.

A casserole cooking in the winter.

That 'spring' smell you get when the weather starts to turn a bit nicer.

Ditto for Autumn.

revolvenotevolve Tue 02-Apr-13 08:23:36

why has no one mentioned petrol !!! ....

<backs out of room quietly>

elQuintoConyo Tue 02-Apr-13 08:28:09

Post-sex sweaty balls.

<lowers tone... but I do love it and you did ask>

Plus most of above:
Sun-dried washing
Freshly washed DS
Milton (used to puke a lot as a kid and it reassures me)
Freshly made rosemary shortbread (ie mine)
The smell of a foreign country when the plane doors open!

I just snorted tea onto my desk, elQuinto - ta! grin

SanctiMOMious Tue 02-Apr-13 12:29:20

colditz and EMUZ try and get hold of Inis perfume. it is like the sea. it's one of my faves. not a popular or well known perfume.

i love the smell of cucumber! mmm

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 02-Apr-13 12:38:45

melted butter
yy to other peoples chips
fried onions

armagh Tue 02-Apr-13 13:04:47

Sweet pea
Baby powder
M&S Vanilla fabric conditioner- no other fabric conditioner comes close
American detergents
Babies- when nappies are cleansmile
Agree re smell of a country when you walk out of the airplane- if it's a sun holiday
Smell of aircraft fuel- when on the ground smile
Bewley's coffe shop grafton street when i visit Dublin-the smell of coffee beans wafts onto the street
Rituals Mei Dao body lotion-such a gentle scent
The smell of grass being cut for the first time in the year- summers coming

armagh Tue 02-Apr-13 13:11:03

Sancti- Inis perfume is made in Fragrances of Ireland, kilmacanogue, wicklow, ireland- widely available in touristy shops in ireland and at dublin airport duty free and Avoca shops. Inis means an island in Irish. They also do a rose version of it. Personally i don't like either. smile

Karvol blush

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 02-Apr-13 13:14:04

The smell of tomato plants in a hot greenhouse.
Rain - a really good rainfall, preferably when it's hot.

tethersend Tue 02-Apr-13 13:15:28

Attics and tar.

Still18atheart Tue 02-Apr-13 13:19:12

Freshly cut grass
fresh paint
the sea

Brand new sponges straight out of the packet! Mmmmm

abbyfromoz Tue 02-Apr-13 13:37:35

OP- i too would like to know a good clothing detergent/fabric softener smell. I can't remember which one i used when DD was born but i am on a hunt to find it as all of her newborn baby clothes have a distinct beautiful smell that reminds me of that precious time...i think i used fairy non bio though for detergent... Just need to find the fabric softener!

Viviennemary Tue 02-Apr-13 13:43:38

I like cinammon and ginger. Also bleach because it makes me feel I've done loads of cleaining even if I haven't. Lily of the Valley.

MrsBucketxx Tue 02-Apr-13 13:47:12

ok mine seem abit odd now blush

I like leather
freshly cut wood
ethanol car fuel, or petrol as a close second.

MorrisZapp Tue 02-Apr-13 13:53:09

Gap used to do a fragrance called grass, was lovely.

ujjayi Tue 02-Apr-13 14:06:09

Fresh cut grass
Old fashioned roses, lavender, thyme & rosemary (have all 3 of those around a swing seat in my garden)
The smell of Tarmac in the summer after a rain storm.
DCs heads/hair....they are 8 and 12 and yet still smell like babies smile
Tomato plants.....remind me of my Grandad's greenhouse
Vizsla puppies - they smell of bacon smile
The sea
Heady aroma of long dry summers that hits you as you disembark from the plane in Greek Islands.
Vetiver essential oil

Leather Tue 02-Apr-13 14:21:36

Leather (hence the name!)
Horse stables
Freshly cut lime
Germolene (does it still smell the same?)
Vicks vaporub
(Hmm bit of a medicinal smell theme emerging!)

Mumelie Tue 02-Apr-13 16:00:41

Gin n Tonic
Roast Chicken
Golden Virginia rolling tobacco (I hate smoking though)
Salt n vinegar crisps

A work colleague! He wears Chanel Anteus and it gets me every time....swoon

So many of these are lovely!

Warm paper bags (with a greasy takeaway inside)
Fresh ground coffee
Bread baking
My kids (but not their farts wink )
Fresh rain on a hot day
Brand new magazines

SoMuchToBits Tue 02-Apr-13 17:22:18

The seaside
That really lovely smell of a well-used tea cosy! smile

Eskino Tue 02-Apr-13 17:43:10

Old books.
The smell of the aircon, is it Freon?
Fresh popcorn

VerySmallSqueak Tue 02-Apr-13 17:48:18

Bacon cooking
YY to old books
Plimsolls in a pe bag (reminds me of my own schooldays)
Fag smoke on a sunny day especially if it's a rollie.

RafflesWay Tue 02-Apr-13 17:50:10

Anything almond scented/flavoured.

sydlexic Tue 02-Apr-13 17:53:02

Bread pudding
Hot cross buns
Tomatoes on the vine

susiedaisy Tue 02-Apr-13 17:53:46

Vicks vapour rub
Johnsons camomile and lavender talc
New leather
Tomatoes on the vine
Fresh red peppers being chopped
Roast chicken cooking
Vinegar on hot chips
Garlic cooking

MrsHoarder Tue 02-Apr-13 17:54:38

DS (but not with pooy bum)
Fresh ripe strawberries

Melfish Tue 02-Apr-13 17:58:38

The smell of the launderette which I pass on the way to work.
Woodsmoke and gingerbread- reminds me of being little.

soundevenfruity Tue 02-Apr-13 18:09:00

Nape of newborn's neck in the first week or so (I couldn't get enough of smelling DC)
Hairdresser's smell (old-fashioned: bleach, hair colour and nail varnish - loved going there with my Mum and I could choose her nail varnish colour)
Musty smell from shed (memories about my grandpa's)
Fresh yeasty smell from raising dough (I used to love eating dough to my grandmother's horror)
Gorse (which makes my New Zealand friends go shock as it's a major pest there)

Nombrechanger Tue 02-Apr-13 18:09:35

Burning wood
Fresh basil in pots in Greece

JollyPurpleGiant Tue 02-Apr-13 18:13:09

Washing that has been hanging outside is my absolute favourite smell. I love bringing in the towels and hanging them up inside for a bit so my whole house smells wonderful smile

ScooseIsLooseOnTheLoopyJuice Tue 02-Apr-13 18:16:11

Cinnamon, ginger, patchouli. But my favourite smell is dd's hair when it's freshly washed smile

chartreuse Tue 02-Apr-13 18:33:35

Freshly cut grass
Frangipani on sunny Sydney streets
Honesuckle in not so sunny Irish gardens
Nutrogena pink grapefuit face wash

ujjayi Tue 02-Apr-13 18:35:26

yy to line-dried cotton sheets. It's like bringing the sunshine indoors - particularly on those very early sunny spring days smile

donnie Tue 02-Apr-13 18:36:23

I absolutely adore the smell of laundrettes/utility rooms......heaven!

Washing powder
Oranges and lemons
Baby lotion
Sun dried cotton
Marzipan (even though I can't stand the taste or texture of it)

MysticMugBug Tue 02-Apr-13 18:41:56

the smell of babies,
fresh cut grass,
the smell of baby products,
daddy-o shampoo from lush,
the smell of my mum,
flower meadows,
wild flower honey,
old books,
old houses,
my own farts,

Ruprekt Tue 02-Apr-13 18:43:02

Log fire burning
Burnt matches
Clean bedding


EmpressMaud Tue 02-Apr-13 18:45:00

parsnips blush

new carpets

old books

abbyfromoz Tue 02-Apr-13 18:46:12

Thought of more!
Plastic from toys esp Barbie... Oo nostalgia!
Tinsel and evergreen christmas tree grin

catsmother Tue 02-Apr-13 18:48:15

witch hazel
jasmine in cyprus in the evening
my cat's fur
the smell of my (clean) daughter
new car smell (not that I've smelt that personally for a very long time)
new books
old books
the sea

usuallyfoundinthefastlane Tue 02-Apr-13 19:00:00

Any books, magazines, leaflets - I always open them and smell them and yes, people do give me funny looks
Freshly mown grass
Dunhill aftershave (the original I think, I can never find it when I look for it in duty free for a sniff)
Frying bacon (most food actually)
The smell outside pubs, sort of boozy but never quite the same once inside

usuallyfoundinthefastlane Tue 02-Apr-13 19:00:53

Another one - the smell inside a new car, never mine unfortunately

mamageekchic Tue 02-Apr-13 19:05:10

yellow lenor
lancome cleanser (the milky one)
fresh bread
parma violets

littlepeas Tue 02-Apr-13 20:20:04

I like that yellow flowering gorse you get on cliffs/moorland (and the side of the motorway....).

ygritte Tue 02-Apr-13 20:54:15

BBQs,garlic (but not on other people), old fashioned sweet shops from years ago with cheap chocolate, multivitamins.

BangOn Tue 02-Apr-13 21:04:53

Yy to launderettes.

The bread factory near where my grandparents used to live.

Rose oil. Makes me happy.

The Dcs hair after a bath

New baby smell

Yy to freshly cut grass

The smell of woodland after the rain on a Sunday afternoon.

The smell of people who've just swum in the sea

Chlorine smell on wet hair after a dip in the pool

Coconut oil in suntan lotion

FrickingFedUp Wed 03-Apr-13 00:41:52

I also really like the smell of skin after sunbathing. Smells a bit parched. I actually think it must be the smell of melanin because my exp had olive skin and smelt like it all the time. Very unscientific theory there! grin

FrickingFedUp Wed 03-Apr-13 00:43:23

I swear bracken has a smell as well.

armagh Fri 05-Apr-13 17:54:45

Still 18 - manure!!!

Macdog Fri 05-Apr-13 18:02:23

Gorse - smells like toasted coconut!!
Sawn wood, especially pine
Old fashioned hospital disinfectant

There are more, but I'm boring myself now.....wink

Macdog Fri 05-Apr-13 18:03:12

Freshly ironed cotton bedding!!

ujjayi Fri 05-Apr-13 18:26:45

Imperial Leather soap (do they still make it?)

Groveregg Fri 05-Apr-13 18:29:53

Lots of the above but I haven't seen one of my favourites here: the smell inside a sauna, all woody and hot. Years ago the Body Shop did some bath salts inspired by Japan that had just the same smell...

eedibops Fri 05-Apr-13 18:54:55

Love patchouli smell and orange, also lavender, love the smell of parma violet sweets xx

LittleFeileFooFoo Fri 05-Apr-13 19:00:53

My Ds and my Dh

New books
Old books
My sons hair
Freshly washed clothes straight out of the machine
Warm paper

withaspongeandarustyspanner Sat 06-Apr-13 03:18:21

Method eucalyptus mint bathroom cleaner. I have to resist the urge to spray it on my pulse points smile

withaspongeandarustyspanner Sat 06-Apr-13 08:13:22

And printer's ink. And the smell of a book hot of the press.

foxysocks Sat 06-Apr-13 09:07:41


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