I wish we could see perfumes as well as smell them.

I look perfectly normal right now, perched in a booth in the coffee shop typing away at my computer. My hair is curled, I’m wearing a green shirt with a pretty necklace (both new acquisitions) and I’m sipping at a small mocha. I don’t stick out in the morning rush.

They don’t know my secret.

They don’t know that I’m addicted.

They don’t know that I can get high on the smell of coffee.

Gotcha! You thought that was going somewhere totally different didn’t you? 😉 But I am being honest though, I love the smell of coffee. One of my habits as soon as the barista hands me the cup is to stick my nose to the opening and take a big whiff of the bittersweet steam. Coffee is one of my favorite smells.

As is baking bread. I love the yeasty smell and there’s something comforting about the home-y smell. If there was an air freshener that smelled like Irish soda bread fresh out of the open, you can guess that my dorm room would smell like the Pillsbury dough boy.

I also love the smell of water. Call me crazy, but I really do think that water has a smell. I recently visited Niagara Falls and I ventured into the Cave of the Winds. The waterfall was splashing against the stones, bouncing playfully through the moss before tumbling on top of my head (take a little advice from me: always tie the poncho hood tight or you will be dripping wet). The fresh scent that assaulted my nostrils was strong, filled with the powerful perfume of nature. I loved it.

Not as much as I love the smell of dark chocolate. The sweetness tickles my nostrils but is quickly followed by the grip of the bitterness of the unsweetened candy. The mix of smells is intoxicating and I will literally sniff bars of chocolate before eating them — I promise I’m normal!

Finally, I love the smell of men’s cologne. No, I would never wear it but I always notice if a guy is wearing good cologne. I like the spicy smell, a musky smell, the acrid rich smell that would be overpowering in heavy amounts. Only a hint is good enough for me. It’s like a strong French roast, a rich chocolate cake that you love but can only have one piece of because it’s so poignant with flavor.

From my spot in the coffee shop, you would never guess that I enjoy such smells. But, I will confess that my favorite smells are coffee, baking bread, water, dark chocolate, and men’s cologne.

What are your favorites?


One thought on “I wish we could see perfumes as well as smell them.

  1. Beverly HIckey says:

    It took me awhile to respond to your question. Vanilla, and cinnamon are two that come to mind, but I would agree with you on baking bread. Also sautéing onions and celery. Of course Kevin would probably say bacon. Men’s cologne depends on how strong the scent. Of course sometimes the scent brings back memories of a particular person, i.e. Old Spice and dad, which then makes me smile.

    I might like the smell of coffee, but that’s all. I never developed a taste for it unless it is in a Tim’s ice capp (a Canadian drink from Tim Horton’s) which is probably more sugar than coffee. Similar to a frapp.

    Now to catch up with you latest post. I’m enjoying getting to know you better through your blog.


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