No gagging guys, not referring to Secretions Magnifiques or perfumes like that. And no, I am not a glue sniffer or a solvent junkie or abuser of any kind! Just some smells around me that I love, drawn to, addicted to. Some may hate them or may just find me weird or some may even share my likes. Here goes my list.
I Love The Smell Of Vicks. I may have been born with an addiction to Menthol and anything with a counter irritant effect. As a baby sleeping in my crib, it seems that I had eaten up a whole bottle of Vicks! The affinity still persists for the rub, inhaler, cough drops, Vicks in all forms! A panacea for my senses, with or without a cold. The touch of it is soothing on the skin with strange combination of warmth and chill. The fumes tickle my nasal mucosa in a fuzzy way, the inhaler enhances it for me! I just placed a bottle under my nose as I am typing. A deep breath... oh what a relief, so satisfying!
Oh those rubs for sore muscles like Badger Balm, Goanna and Migrastick.... what a bliss!
Amruthanjan, is an Indian product similar to Vicks but it smells different, it is more citrusy and spicy with the same menthol, camphor and eucalyptus. I should pick up a bottle next time I am at Indian grocers.
The stronger versions like the ones you find in Asian stores: Tiger Balm, Dragon Balm and the like. These have a punch to them, they are really spicy with loads of cloves and cinnamon and lots and lots of counter irritation, strong enough to literally cauterise the mucus and the muscles! Love them all!
I Love The Smell Of Carbolic Acid Soaps, aka the disinfectant soaps. I associate the word sterile with it, not just clean but sterile. Washing my hands to clean myself after a playing in sand as a kid with Lifebuoy was really purifying! I also remember occasionally using it for a shower or bath. Then as a med student, scrubbing my hands with it, this along with surgical spirit and povidone iodine. The smell of Lifebuoy's antiseptic relative, Dettol, and Phenol, its disinfectant relative, so clean, bring on the hygiene!
Like most people, I love the smell of
the first drops of rain on hot, dusty road
fresh, clean laundry
just blown out candle
....... And the smell of my Baby Elephant, my dear little boy!