There are smells that are so neutral no one notices. Some are a light scent (good or bad), and some are quite strong (good or bad), but not everyone perceives these scents the same way. For instance, I like the smell of good strong cheese, but I’ve discovered it is not allowed in my home. There is nothing like the smell of a possum roast; however, as much as my wife agrees with me on this, she doesn’t seem the think it is a good smell. On the other hand, I can’t walk through the beauty section of a department store without gagging. How these fragrances are supposed to be pleasing to men is beyond my understanding.
The waiting room at my doctor’s office uses a plug-in air freshener that literally makes my eyes burn and activates my asthma. A popular import store reeks of burned dung. They say it is incense. I took my car to be washed and the air freshener they used was called ‘new car.’ I thought it smelled more like something rotting in the back of my refrigerator.
I’ve been thinking about the fragrances I would like surrounding me. How about barbeque? Or fried chicken? Pizza anyone? I miss the smell of real Tex-Mex, so this would be a good one for me. Recently I was in a winery and the smell of fermentation was fantastic. Speaking of fermentation, how about a beer fragrance? Or a whiskey fragrance? Make mine a single malt scotch. What about fresh baked bread? Each year I attend the Wild Game Feed in Irvine, California, and I get to smell roasting pig, grilled game birds, chili, deep fried frog legs, buffalo ribs over wood smoke, and a few other things. Each one would make a great fragrance.
I’m serious about this. I recently heard of air freshener called ‘fart.’ If they can put this stuff into a container, why can’t they capture the smell of a good cigar? I would buy that in a heartbeat. In fact, I believe I could put it to good use the next time I walk into a department store and have to pass through the beauty section to get to the sporting goods area.