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What are some of your strongest scent memories?
Camping smells: tarps and tent canvas, pond water and fish bait, campfires, pine trees, damp earth. A scratch-n-sniff book I had based on The Secret of NIMH, especially the sunflower. The smell of the inside of the Ferrari my dad used to own, not just the leather but the "Connolly Hide Care" conditioner he treated it with.
What are some of your favorite smells?
Wood smoke, pipe tobacco, coffee beans, vanilla beans, coconut, almonds, caramel, leather, rum, limes, grapefruit, tuberose, geranium, patchouli, El Paso when it rains.
Do you have any favorite smells that are considered strange?
I love the smell of blown out candles, but I don't know if that's strange.
Describe one or more of your favorite cooking smells.
The smell of grilled, marinated meat (think steak fajitas) though I'm a vegetarian. Baking bread too, though I can't eat that either. Fresh herbs, especially basil, mint, and cilantro. Grilled onions. Basmati rice.
What smells do you most dislike?
Usual suspects: vomit, shit, foot fungus, etc. Also menudo and organ meats. Chinese markets. Canned fish. Dog food.
What smell did you first dislike, but learned to love?
I used to hate the smell of Earl Grey Tea (bergamot). I still prefer English Breakfast but I like bergamot now.
What scents do you associate with memories of loved ones?
Clinique products remind me of my grandmother's bathroom. The burnt metallic smell that old appliances give off reminds me of her kitchen.
What fragrance(s) remind you of growing up?
Crayons and Play-Doh. Fruit leather. Heavily chlorinated pools remind me of swimming lessons and make me anxious.
What fragrance(s) remind you of the places you visited on vacation?
Eucalyptus = California. Sulfur = Yellowstone?