#1,741 My Favorite Smells.

Tonight on our walk down 5th Avenue, we were passing the Reeders’ beautiful home called Sweet Olive, named for that wildly fragrant bush that grows in every bed, against every fence, all around the grounds of the house… And as I took a breath, I smelled it. The first time this season, my absolute favorite smell in the world that we only get to have twice a year in spring and fall, THE smell of my city:

1. Sweet olive. Since the actual flower is not much to look at—just gaze upon the home with its namesake that you can smell from a hundred yards away:

 I took this photo when Jean Allsopp was in town.  I love that a professional photographer still takes iPhone photos!

 I took this photo when when Ben and I were brand new, taking walks around Laurel and dreaming about being married and living in this neighborhood. 

We carried on, to the next block. We were passing Father Jeff’s house when I got a big whiff of it… My second favorite smell in the world. That humid, sweet, clean smell from:

2. The laundry vent.  I’d like to tell you that Gain is the ultimate, and while it is the only detergent and softener we use around these parts, I’m not particular. Any and all dryer vent smells put the wind in my sails. Mmmmm…

And then, as luck would have it… When we were making the block back home, there it was… The smell of a wood fire burning somewhere. The first cousin of my 3rd favorite smell in the world:

3. The Red Lion Inn. With its big, cozy wood burning fireplace, old sofas and rocking chairs, creaky wood floors and a complimentary snack time every day in the inn lobby with hot apple cider from fresh local apples… This is what I sincerely hope heaven smells like.

And in honorable mention due to overmentioning on this blog, and because it’s now cool enough outside, I’ve started wearing my Simply White perfume again—my most sentimental smell in the world, the smell of falling in love and being 19. Interestingly, I can still recall that it was October 4, 2004 when I bought my first bottle of it. My purse had been stolen out of the yearbook room, and I ran smack into Big Ben Napier—my face streaked with tears, as I was running across the street from the student union to the campus police department. I asked if he’d seen anyone suspicious running out of the building with my purse. He looked like he felt bad for me and told me he was sorry, but he hadn’t. We were strangers. I had an incredible crush on him. That night, I went to the Gap where my roommate spotted me the money for a new purse and a new little bottle of perfume I’d found at the checkout register. 2 months later, still wearing my new scent everyday, we hung out for the first time. And thus my scent memory of it, tied forever to him.

Ohhhhhh Simply White.

So, please! Won’t you tell me… What are your favorite smells? I know there are some good ones I’m not thinking of, and so many more scent memories I love!

P.S.—Another funny question I stumbled upon on Cup of Jo once: if you could marry any movie character, who would it be? It’s a tie for me:

Edward Bloom from Big Fish, the wholesome golden boy of Ashton, Alabama:

Or Albert from Enough Said, who reminds me for the world of a 50 year-old Ben Napier.

What movie character would you want to marry?


Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Daily Journal

13 thoughts on “#1,741 My Favorite Smells.

  1. My favourite smells are: right after rain has fallen and everything smells so clean and fresh, freshly cut grass, cookies or cake in the oven, when you're making soup and the onions have just turned right and when you get the fresh laundry out of the machine.

    It's fall here as well, but has been for about almost a month now *sad face* I've already seen more leaves on the ground than on the trees!

    I think I'd like to marry Landon from A Walk to Remember, as I can't help but cry every time I catch a glimpse of that movie and he's seriously cute. Ah, young love.

  2. I loved the smell of my babies fresh out of the bath during a snuggle (last one was 19 years ago), a bonfire, and the crisp smell of fall. Also my favorite time of year! We are still having the odd really warm day which makes me a little persnickity. I am the only one in my house who gets excited at the sight of a red leaf.

  3. Autumn fires, a pot of soup simmering, and I love the WINTER candle from Bath and Body- in the winter months! The scent is like orange, clove and … Winter here in Maine! So many favorite smells, especially this time of the year, in our new home. Ralph Lauren- Blue is my summer scent and in the winter months… Haven't found one that I really love – still on the hunt! xxx

  4. Like you I love the smell of fresh laundry. I only use Gain as well, the original scent. The smell of a bonfire is something that I could enjoy all year long, but love it during the Fall most. I have been burning my winter candles from Bath and Body and I'm looking forward to getting out my duvet very soon (nights here in Ohio are in the 40's already).

  5. Ah, I have so many favorites! The smell before and after a good rain, when the air turns crisp and cool in the fall. Fresh laundry is a good one and baking cookies. One of my favorite childhood scent memories is the smell of hot black top (odd I know) which reminds me of riding the trolley from the parking lot into Silver Dollar City in the summers, so it just can't be beat.
    My new favorite is Pinion wood. It seems everyone around here has a chiminea and they start burning it in the late summer/fall and it smells delicious and just like the beginning of fall should. I am bound to get one for our backyard so we can enjoy it too!

  6. A few of my favorites include, the smell of a baby after having a bath, the smell of grass after its been mowed, cinnamon in the fall, magnolia's in the spring, and towels fresh from the dryer. Oh, and the smell of chicken cooking when making chicken and noodles, and garlic and onions when making Italian.

    The list could go on and on….

    – Talia 🙂

  7. Erin! I'm a new reader and love hearing about your small southern town. I was scrolling through your archives and came across your post about your stomach issues. I've had the same tests (a camera pill!) and symptoms since 2010. Ive been loosely diagnosed with a genetic disorder. Its hard to prove as I haven't had an episode is 3years, praise Jesus. I'd love to chat and let you know what's worked for me!

  8. the smell of a baby…nothing sweeter; a campfire, breakfast cooking over a fire outside. I have 2 favorite Yankee candles- cranberry chutney and balsam. Both are winter smells. About 1/2 mile before you reach the summit of Mt LeConte, one of the highest peaks in the Smoky Mountains, you walk through a forest of evergreens and it smells like Christmas. Gain laundry detergent and the dryer vent is another favorite smell.

    And don't forget bread in the oven:)


  9. The smell of a clean baby lathered down in lavender baby lotion, leather, coffee brewing, the fair (food not livestock), football games with the smell of burgers cooking and the sound of the band warming up, Leaves candle form Bath & Body, 24K Tyler candle.

  10. Popcorn popped in a pot on the stove… That, of course, goes hand in hand with the scent of a good ole VHS tape from the video store. There's nothing quite like the sweet plasticky smell of the inside of a bright orange trick or treat pumpkin filled with delicious treats. My husband after working at the donut shop… My husband after his shower… A fresh hot pan of homemade buttermilk biscuits and bacon frying. A pine tree… Or the woods in general. Coconut. My mamas cookin…. And, like the others, a sweet baby lathered in pink Johnson and Johnson baby lotion is as good as it gets..

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