My Top Twenty great smells.


Top twenty smells

A smell is a strange thing, I’m sure no two people smell something exactly the same. There is one thing for sure though and that is a smell can bring back a whole album of pictures and memories back in an instant; at least it can for me.

Scents and fragrances have been fought over and we all have our favourite.

Anosmia is the lack of sense of smell, and must be dreadful because we rely on food’s smell to confirm that it is safe to eat, and that we that we like it.

I’m always envious of my two dogs, because they can read the air like a book. They know who and what, has passed through the garden over the last few days, and just where every treat is buried by its smell. First job on a morning they stand and sample the air and then track back and forward following any scent. Imagine going past a chocolate shop with a sense of smell like that!

The world famous museum Jorvik Viking Centre in York Yorkshire England, added smells to the journey through the section looking at how the Vikings lived in ancient Jorvik as it was named by them. You can listen to the ancient language see tapestries of life and of course smell the smells.


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The smells are not in order of preference, but it is the order that I thought about them.

  1. Baking bread, be honest whether it is in the street or in your home, baking bread makes you smile and hungry. It reminds me of my grandma’s house when I was a kid.
  2. Babies; there is something about the smell of a baby that is simple wonderful, maybe not when it needs changing, but after a bath. When my son was a baby and fresh and warm I would cuddle him until we both went to sleep.
  3. Lavender; it has the power to relax you and calm you down. It makes an interesting addition to a recipe too. A dab under my wife’s nostrils steadied her nerves for her driving test; which she passed first time.
  4. Sweet peas; one of the smells of summer. The delicate butterfly like blossoms give so much pleasure both visually and to your olfactory sensors. They remind me of my Mum because they were her favourite flower.
  5. Hyacinths; Christmas, we always have pots of these special bulbs around the house, the fragrance is sheer pleasure. To come down on a Christmas morning and no smell of hyacinths is unthinkable.
  6. Onions frying on a hot dog stand. My mouth waters within seconds of smelling fried onions, forget the sausage let me sniff the onions.
  7. Indian curry. The fragrance of this dish is truly great and maybe it should have been much further up the chart.
  8. Sour dough mother mix. The beery alcoholic fumes of this are quite addictive, I stick my nose in the top of the tub I make my sourdough mix in. Wow it can really make you dizzy. This is a new smell for me, because I have only been making bread for a couple years.
  9. Freshly mowed hay. Sorry hay fever sufferers, but meadow hay is to me a great smell. I kept rabbits and guinea pigs when I was a kid and I used to love the smell in the shed where we kept them after we had had a new delivery of hay.
  10. Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door. One cruise ship I worked on, this was the firm favourite of all the female staff and I associate it with good times and a fantastic period of my life. My wife wears it and she smells like heaven.

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11. Coffee; I mean the beans rather than the drink. Old fashioned grocers used to always grind their own, so it takes me back to my childhood.


12. Chocolate. Enough said!


13. Leather. Nothing kinky here, a real leather wallet or belt makes me want to sniff it. I once won a matching set of notebook cover and presentation folder, key ring etc, what a fantastic smell.


14. Spices; cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg. I could have cheated here and given them all their own place. The smell of festivals, of Christmas, of wonderful meals. The smell of India my favourite place to visit.


15. Sandalwood, maybe it should have gone in with spices, but I think this is a really special smell. I had an aftershave that made me feel three inches taller just wearing it.

16. Cigars, I smoked them for about ten years, which was 33 years ago, but I still like to get a nostril full even though it is not good for the health.


17. Spruce trees. If you ever drive from the old capital of Tenerife up the ridge of mount Teida you pass through a spruce forest which is usually veiled with a swirling mist of low clouds, once through it there is a very pleasant smell of the forest.


18. Strawberries, almost the perfect smell, you know that their smell is almost as good as their flavour and as soon as you get a nostril full then you have to eat some.

19. Flower tent at a country fair. You walk in and you can smell the trodden grass and then the fragrances bowl you over; the heady mix can transport you to a higher plain without doubt.


20. Rose water, when I first started courting my wife back in 1966 we used to go to a very posh Indian restaurant in Bradford called the Taj Mahal. As you entered the building the first thing to greet you was the smell of roses. We felt very grown up and sophisticated when we were there, and in those days, very few locals were eating curry. I loved it from the very first taste and I still do. It is the fragrance of Turkish Delight too.

What is your favourite smell

  • Bread
  • coffee
  • chocolate
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Adventure, growing pains of a young man

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Young Ben Stone is fleeing for his life over the bleak Yorkshire Moors. From being a child, he has been besotted by the local landowner’s daughter Ruth, but after her wicked brother is accidentally killed, Ben fears that he will be blamed. Ruth convinces him he should go on the run; otherwise, her father who is also the local magistrate will probably have him hanged for murder.

Trying to keep out of the way of the law, he runs into a wandering band of thieves. They take him as a prisoner and he is forced to endure a desperate winter in their secret lair. When he does escape their clutches, his fortune changes, and he is taken in by a friendly parson. The parson runs a small orphanage in Cartmel, where Ben recovers his health and spirits.

A brief spell working at a chandler’s shop in Barrow in Furness is rudely interrupted when Ben is pressed into the navy. The year is 1801 and the Royal Navy is desperate for men.

Despite this poor start, Ben takes to life in the navy, and quickly gains promotion. He is set for a promising career, when his past returns to haunt him, in the person of Ruth the landowner’s daughter, who has been married off to the new Governor of Jamaica and needs transporting out to the Caribbean on Ben’s ship. During the voyage, Ruth takes the opportunity to revive Ben’s feelings for her.

When he returns to England, he is confronted by his past and has to face a court-martial over the death of Ruth’s brother. Can he clear his name? What part will Lady Ruth play in his future? Ben is in for many varied adventures before his life is settled.

 

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Very interesting hub! It must be davestating to have no sense of smell..... The things that you would be missing in life! I think most of us associate pictures and events with smell. Couldn't vote because I like all three of them, bread, coffee, and chocolate :)

Sharing....


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

laThing

thank you for comment and calling by. I just thought it would be different sort of hub for me.

regards

Tony


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

How can you ask me to choose between bread, coffee, and chocolate as my favorite smell?!


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Natasha,

I like to set a tough task. maybe fresh bread spread with chocolate and a nice coffee on the side, yummy.

thanks for visit

regards

Tony


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, well this is such a great and well written hub and it's smelling to me like roses . Very interesting and put together hub.

Vote up and more !!!

Have a awesome week my friend !


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Now I need some fresh baked bread, curry and some sandalwood drifting in the background. Wow I read and sniffed in my mind. Fantastic. Passing this on.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I remember going to Tunbridge Wells with my dad and he would walk passed a coffee bean shop for the aroma of fresh beans being cooked if that's right term. At this young age I hated the smell and would run passed the shop holding me breath.

We have a number of French bakeries here in Las Vegas that we go to buy bread and the deserts shown in a display case are totally sinful.

Vote up and awesome, Joyce.


stessily 4 years ago

Tony, Sandalwood, jasmine, and lavender vie as my favorite perfume; I cannot choose one over the other. Sandalwood was my mother's favorite perfume; I fell in love with its fragrance, its name, its color, the packaging, its origins, its history, everything about it. So I'm pleased that both sandalwood and lavender are featured on your list.

Appreciatively, Stessily


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Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

This was really interesting to read. Smells really do bring different emotions and thoughts to a person. They also put certain memories in your head. I'm not sure if I love the smell of a clean baby or the fried onions at the hot dog stand more. Great hub!


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Rod Marsden 4 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

They say that smells bring back memories a lot quicker and more accurately than what we might pick up with our eyes. I have wondered if this is true. I hate the smell of tobacco and have no love for cigars. At least one general who became president of the USA was killed by cigars. Here I am talking about Grant. So cigars wouldn't be on my list. I would substitute it with freshly baked or baking apple pie.


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Hi Kash

thank you for the visit and votes.

It is so amazing how a smell can trigger a whole memory chain of thoughts.

regards

Tony


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

GRL,

many thanks for your visit charming to see you again. Everyone must have their own list of favourites, but whatever it is a simple smell can give real pleasure.

regards

Tony


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

writer20

many thanks for your visit.

There was a local grocers called Drivers that and as you got near it the smells hit you and 50 years on I can still smell it and remember where things were on that shops shelves.

the French bakery sounds heavenly.

regards

Tony


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

stessily,

Sandlewood is just one of those smells that stands out from the rest, I love it.

I'm surprised that this hub is proving so popular, I'd made the list for something totally different and did this for a bit of fun, which shows how desperate I am for fun. Anyway I'm delighted it has brought back memoreies and pleasure for people.

ttfn

Tony


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Ryem

many thanks for taking the time to comment. My mouth's watering thinking about those onions even without the smell.

thank you for calling I'll take a look at your hubs too.

regards

Tony


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Rod

thanks for calling and comments.

I stopped smoking in 1979, but if i get whiff of a cigar it reminds me of CHristmas and my Grandad. I'm sure you must have smells that you enjoy too.

regards

Tony


Derdriu 4 years ago

Tony, Does any cigar, any coffee or any leather do? It's Italian and Uruguayan leathers for me!

Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Derdriu,

Dutch Cigar, coffee any dark beans, leather hmmm?

Hi great to hear from you again, many thanks for calling in. I'll think about the leather.

ttfn

tony


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Rod Marsden 4 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Well I did tick fresh baked apple pie. Baking bread is also a good one.


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Rod

I think most like the bread smell and usually coffee too, they say that if people are coming around to buy your house always make bread and coffee because the smells are so homely.

cheers

Tony


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Freshly baked bread is sure a winner.... and I love Indian curries... I have them every day :)

Nice compilation....

Cigars would be good for me too :)


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

rahul0324

thank you for visiting, and you comment too. I'm envious of daily curries. I see you are from India, where are the hills of doon?

regards

Tony


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Really neat hub tonymead. I agree with so many of these scents, wonderful stuff. Voting this up, sharing, and rating interesting and awesome :)


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Coffee has to be my favorite smell of all time. I drink it every day and it's by far the best thing on this planet, in my opinion :)


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

OCashmere

many thanks for calling in and taking the time to comment and voting up.

cheers

Tony


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire Author

kDuBarry

many thanks for your comment and your opinion. Coffee is a great smell and a real comfort smell.

cheers

Tony

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