Olfactory Bucket List
Most bucket lists are about going somewhere or seeing something. But is was the fragrance of the new blossoms on our Viburnum carlesii (commonly called Koreanspice Viburnum) this morning that made me think that there should be a bucket list of great smells. Here are a few other wonderful fragrances that bring me joy. Add yours in the comments.
- the smell of bread baking
- the smell of a baby
- the smell of the ocean
- the smell of gardenias at dusk
- the smell of the first daffodil of spring
- the smell of the lavender fields in bloom in Hokkaido
- the smell of downtown Chicago when Blommer’s Chocolates is processing cocoa
- the smell of the bayous in Southern Louisiana
- the smell of gingerbread baking
- the smell of a pomander
- the smell of ripening pears
- the smell of garlic bread baking
- the smell of peeling an orange
- the smell of grass being mowed
- the smell of Crabtree and Evelyn Citron handcream
Lilacs blooming in the spring
Leaves burning in the fall
Freshly grated ginger
Corn on the cob roasting on the grill
And being from Baltimore, the smell of Old Bay seasoning on steamed crabs
Sentimental roses climbing the fence
Pine freshly scorched by the sawblade
The first rain
A sweep of your hand over a rosemary hedge
…old books that are well loved
…anything cooking in the kitchen as you walk in the house
…my 8 yr old’s hair after his bath reminding me he’s my last baby
honeysuckle bushes at night in the summertime.
My mom’s cedar lined hope chest
chocolate chip cookies baking, the smell of the man you love in his car , those old mimeo sheets from grade school, pinon smoke in New Mexico, fresh brewed coffee, laundry that has dried on the line outside, champagne!
Smelling the ocean as you pass over the mountains in Santa Cruz
Fresh cinnamon rolls
Brut aftershave (but only in passing — it reminds me of my dad)
My kids’ sweet necks
I would list many of the same scents as you plus…. New crayons, opening a fresh bag of coffee beans, puppies, rain in the air.
The smell of rain pelting onto the baking African earth. There is nothing like it elsewhere
My orange trees in bloom.
I LOVE this