We’re only covering the loveliest smells here. Don’t want to evoke memories of unpleasant, rancid stinks. So, take a deep breath and prepare your nostrils for some of the nicest scents they’ll ever get the opportunity to experience…

1. Do the streak!

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Bacon cooking has to be our favourite smell ever! When someone’s got a piece of streaky sizzling and they offer you a bacon sarnie – you’ll be powerless to refuse! Trust us, we’ve been there (and got the slightly bigger than we’d like T-shirt to prove it)!

 

2. All rise

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The ingredients have been mixed, it’s been kneaded, proved itself and is now in the oven! All we want it to do now is rise… Because, when it does, it’ll omit the most mouthwatering whiff! We are, of course, talking about freshly baked bread. It’s even suggested that people who are selling their home, bake some bread before potential buyers come to view.

 

3. Full of beans

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Another suggestion estate agents make when showing people around your home is to put on some fresh coffee. We’re not talking bunging some hot water in with some granules, but dusting off the cafetiere and plunging the filter disc down seconds before they arrive. The instant (see what we did there) they walk in, that coffee-bean waft will get them signing on the dotted line!

 

4. I got you, babe!

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We’re not kidding ourselves, here! Of course babies don’t always smell good (at nappy-changing times they properly reek!) but they can be breathtakingly fragrant. It’s hard to say exactly how good-baby smell is made up. However, we reckon it’s part baby, part talc and part maternal instinct stirring up all those feelgood senses in your nostrils!

 

5. So familiar?!

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Talking of people whiffs… Loved ones have a familiar scent. We don’t mean the regular aftershave or perfume that they wear, but their own natural aroma. If you were asked to describe it, you’d find it really difficult, but, to you, it’s instantly recognisable gives you a rush of affection and comfort at the same time. It’s why you might want to put on your partner’s jumper when you’re apart.

 

6. Grass-ias

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Terrible pun aside, a newly mown lawn really does signal that summer’s arrived and makes you feel optimistic about the sunnier days to come. Cut grass isn’t the only thing that heralds the start of summer. Stay with us for another hot-weather favourite…

 

7. Sausages, anyone?

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It may be almost inedible, but while that sausage was blackening on the barbecue – did your nostrils get wind of it? Wasn’t it good? And didn’t it make your tummy rumble? Yes. And yes. Now you just need to bag an invite to your neighbour’s barbecue. If you keep looking over the fence and licking your lips, you may get lucky. The cook may also have learnt from his (normally a bloke, it’s their thing) mistake, and won’t burn your sausage when you pop round!

 

8. I wish it would rain down…

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We don’t like to complain about the weather because we’ve been rambling on like a summer rose about how much we enjoy sunny days and associated aromas. However, when rain finally comes, it’s just the freshest fragrance and leaves the air feeling much cleaner. Although, you’ve just noticed that your washing’s wet now, which leads us nicely to another fresh scent…

 

9. Laundry day

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Everyone loves getting into a bed when the sheets are clean on, but fresh laundry of any kind has such a reassuring aroma. It’s nice to put on just-washed clothes! Adding some fabric conditioner to the machine makes the experience even more nose-pleasing as does popping in a tumble dryer sheet!

 

10. Road worthy…

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You just love it when you’re walking down the street and you realise that the road is getting a lovely new, hot layer of Tarmac! Just breathe in that noxious whiff and enjoy. You really shouldn’t like it, but for some inexplicable reason you really do! Next up is another noxious-but-nice odour…

 

11. Boy racers

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Ever been to watch the speedway? When those motorbikes start burning rubber and petrol, the scent is exhilarating and exciting! Sometimes when a motorbike speeds along the road, you’ll also experience the smell in milder form, but that probably means the driver’s going too fast in a built-up area and should really reduce his speed! There’s some more burning coming up…

 

12. Met your match?

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The second after you blow out a match you get that sulphur waft that is so satisfying. Sulphur doesn’t always smell good, though. It can also be omitted when somebody passes wind especially when they’ve been eating eggs… That stink we don’t enjoy. Burnt-match-stink we do.

 

13. A little bit of toast

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Doesn’t matter if it’s under the grill or in a toaster, the scent of bread grilling makes your mouth water. Picture it with butter melting on it and the tastebuds tingle even more. Next we’ll imagine it under the grill covered in cheese that is melting and bubbling on top. Whiff-heaven complete. Well almost… we have a few more foodie favourites coming up…

 

14. Know your onions…

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The fragrance that frying onions omits is fantastic. They won’t actually taste as good as they smell, however, but will add extra flavour to other foods, like our favourite, bacon and that barbecued sausage we snuffled earlier. Talking of things not tasting as good as their odour suggests they might…

 

15. Oranges are not the only fruit

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…but they are one of the nicest-smelling ones! You don’t even have to be eating an orange, but if somebody in your vicinity is having one, the zesty zing will make itself known to you in quick time. But eating one won’t be nearly as satisfying. Our next treat, however, is very satisfying!

 

16. Chips ahoy!

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You didn’t order any fries with your meal, but your partner did, and now you’re nicking them off his plate, they just smell so damn good! He doesn’t look too impressed, though! But while chips on your fella’s plate are tempting enough, they’re even more satisfying combined with the sea air when you’re eating them on the beach. We’re now going to end our trip to the seaside – and our list  in fact – on a sweet note…

 

17. Give us some sugar!

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We can almost feel our teeth rotting as the sickly sweet aroma of candy floss hits us. If you look on the Internet, you’ll find people actually trying to find a perfume that smells like the flossy stuff. We’ll stick to eating it. We just have to decide if we want our candy floss in a bag to pull out and munch, or on a stick and risk it sticking in our hair. If we choose the latter, and get residue on our locks, then we’ll have one of our favourite smells lingering even longer…

 

What’s your favourite smell? Let us know below…

  • For me it’s got to be freshly mown grass (summery freshness), pure vanilla (sweetness and romance) or coconut (tropical and exotic).

  • Vicky

    I love the scent of lilacs in Spring! I also remember the smell of fresh clean air back when I was a kid, but unfortunately, that’s rare today.

  • Tamsyn

    Either wood smoke from old fashioned fireplaces or coconuts. Usually the strongest whiff come from coconut flavoured toiletry products rather than the actual coconut themselves. Yuuuummmm