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    i like the smell of...

    sean's underarms after he gets done playing frisbee
    fresh rain
    nice stuff baking
    vanilla & cinnamon
    the bitter defeat of my enemies when they realize I was right and they were wrong (okay I admit this is very 'rubbing it in' but I'm not a perfect person...)

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    perfume wise i like vanilla, patchouli, lavender, musk.
    old spice on men.
    i don't think i've ever smelled an incense i didn't like.

    smells i like only if they're real & not synthetic: rain, lilac.

    old books.

    marijuana (even though i don't smoke it).

    bleach & cleaning supplies.

    coffee.

    face makeup/foundation (my mom smelled really heavily of it when i was a kid).

    i'm leaving things out.

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    I don't have any. I can scribble down the ones I don't find "favourite."

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    For some reason I'm crazy about the smell of water/rain on hot pavement. They should bottle that shit.

    I also like Mr. Bubble, raw coca butter, and white dove soap.
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    I am partial to the smell of petrol, Fresh ground coffee beans, Fresh Cut grass, blossom and spring flowers, occaisionally i think my underarms smell like carob.


    EDIT: anddd......Fresh baked bread

    there is a definate 'fresh' theme going on here


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    I love the smell of gasoline. I'm also really fond of the smell of some homemade soaps. I love that holistic spa smell as well.

    Some male colognes are also really nice, but I'm picky about that.
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    I love the smell after it rains, and the smell i associate with fresh water (not tap).
    I love the smell of fresh ground coffee beans.
    I love the smell of ripe strawberries in my garden!! (But i think that has to do with anticipation of juicy fresh strawberries more than the smell itself, lol.)

    I kinda like the smell of baby powder, but not with a baby attached....nor the powder.
    I kinda like the smell of fresh lavendar. I'm not much of a flower smell kind of person, and I was surprised when i first smelled a lavendar plant which was given to me.

    And I love the natural smell of my bf...when he's not all sweaty, that is.


    (Edited to add: i don't generally like smells, even ones other people consider good. But i also have chronic sinus congestion, so that may influence my orientation against most smells.)
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    cellars, black earth, ozone (storms)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scapegrace View Post
    For some reason I'm crazy about the smell of water/rain on hot pavement. They should bottle that shit.

    I also like Mr. Bubble, raw coca butter, and white dove soap.
    It's als my favorite smell. The smell after a summer rain on a hot day

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    Burning wood, and my boyfriend's sweat.

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    You know how certain people just smell amazing? Like not even cologne or soap or anything, but just their scent? That. But i have to be attracted to them. I like when you're cuddling and you just plant your face in their chest and it's just like AHHH. Or when they leave a peice of clothing behind and you smell their scent and feel all warm and happy inside. So i guess.. man sweat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica129 View Post
    You know how certain people just smell amazing? Like not even cologne or soap or anything, but just their scent? That. But i have to be attracted to them. I like when you're cuddling and you just plant your face in their chest and it's just like AHHH. Or when they leave a peice of clothing behind and you smell their scent and feel all warm and happy inside. So i guess.. man sweat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scapegrace View Post
    That's interesting, I'm always fascinated by that stuff. When I think about my previous boyfriends, I think I could pick them all out by scent alone...easily. There's definitely something subconsciously going on there.

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    mmm gasoline

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    I like the smell that comes at the end of spring and the beginning of summer. A fresh warmth.

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    A variety of perfumes, vanilla and some vaginas.
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    kerosene, honeysuckle, sarsaparilla, iodine, shoe polish, leather, effervescent paracetamol, myrrh, camphor, cork grease, ferns and pines, deep heat spray, butcher's shops, sawdust, bonfires, opium incense, algae, ozone

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    Food.

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    Ooh, yeah, honeysuckle.the other flower i like...it's been so long though since i smelled some.
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    dirt.
    I love the smell of dirt.

    and old, dirty garages/sheds.

    grass.

    matches.

    the air before a storm, the air after a storm.

    greenhouses.

    oysters.

    sunscreen. (in small doses).

    perfume I wear: Yves st. Laurent, Cinema- it's a musky vanillaish smell that reminds me of a French film in the 1940s.



    i hate the smell of cardboard. i hate the feel of cardboard. i hate everything about cardboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashton View Post
    Gunpowder
    Petrol
    Blood
    Marijuana
    Girls
    Water on a hot day
    Freshly cut wood
    so a blind man walked into a fish market right? he took a big whiff and said, "Good morning, ladies"

    water doesn't smell? (unless it's metal tasting water from a faucet, which smells like metal. which smells -kind of- like blood). however, bottled water ..is odorless, amirite.


    from the link:
    "Moreover, the women showed no preference for odors from men with the same gene types as their mothers, but did show a preference for odors from men who shared genes they inherited from their fathers."


    EW. guyz my dad smells like fucking ass.


    I think it suitable if a guy just rubbed some dirt on him.
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    My sense of smell is usually acute. Things that smell good, smell really, really good, things that smell bad make me queasy.

    Some things I like:

    Perfumes: Opium, Gucci by Gucci, Paris, Obsession (but on on some people, not myself) sometimes a mix of chocolate and champagne but it is hard to find a good one. I like spicy scents, sandalwood. I remember liking Cool Water once. I stick to perfumes that remind me of people I was close to. My sister wears Design and I don't like that at all.

    Flowers: jasmine, honeysuckle, gardenia, rose, lavender. Trees, like pine, cedar, orange blossom, evergreen, magnolia, sweet olive, eucalyptus.

    Resin: dragon's blood, frankincense, myrrh, amber, white copal

    Spices: cinnamon, cloves, sweet basil, oregano, vanilla, licorice

    I like the smell of freshly showered people and hair (especially washed twice and completely dry, so I can smell their head), rain, fresh cut grass, a house when cleaned with some lemon, pine or flowery scented cleaner, fingernail polish, lighter fluid, gasoline. I light scented candles and incense every day but I am very picky when it comes to the scent and quality. Cheap candles/oil/incense make me feel sick and burn my eyes.

    I love the way I smell.
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    phenethyl alcohol
    certain smells from books. There's the new smell and the nostalgic smell.
    random smells of the different seasons
    the smell of the air after it rains
    I love the subtle smell of body odor, nothing too pungent, especially healthy vaginal odors(from the few I've smelled)
    smell of freshly mowed grass and cut lumber
    coffee
    babies smell nice
    smell of wood burning
    vineyards
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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica129 View Post
    You know how certain people just smell amazing? Like not even cologne or soap or anything, but just their scent? That. But i have to be attracted to them. I like when you're cuddling and you just plant your face in their chest and it's just like AHHH. Or when they leave a peice of clothing behind and you smell their scent and feel all warm and happy inside. So i guess.. man sweat?
    My wife's like that. She has to smell me in the morning. When we were younger and spent more time apart she would wear my t-shirts and sometimes sleep with them.

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    Fruit
    Crotch Scent of a man/woman
    The Ocean
    Some Pizzas and brownies
    chocolate chip cookies

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    I am easily bothered or distracted by smells...
    I detect lavender, coffee, chocolate, tobacco or marijuana smell immediately for example

    I like the smell of:

    • apple and cinammon freshly baked pie
    • water like before or after rain or sea/ocean
    • forest and nature in general, I get crazy about lilac, lily of the valley...
    • fresh fruits
    • fresh linen
    • matches when they burn....


    I also got quite interested in olfactology related to perfumes a couple of years ago.
    I've got about 50 differents scents and play the game of recognizing what people wear

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    - Flowers (raw, fresh, lively scent): lilac, jasmine, freesia, narcissus, tulips (!)
    - Vanilla - raw or in perfumes
    - Opium, Musk
    - Pine; forest smell (wild, mixed)
    - Citrus fruit
    - Spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice
    - Sea water
    - Glue, paint, acetone
    - Ink
    - Gas
    - Old books
    - Skin
    - Incense
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    when girls smell like coconut
    patchouli
    good weed (in the bag before it's smoked)
    bleach
    the world after it rains
    baking bread
    roasting meat
    somebody smoking a cigarette when i haven't had one in awhile
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    My husband after he bathes and we snuggle. A baby, snuggling a dear baby.

    Springtime smells - after the thaw, the freshness, The scent of a giant Lily of the Valley patch in the woods in spring. The scent of a running brook in the woods, and the scent of pines in the woods. And yes, that early summertime Honeysuckle in the air. Fall - the scent of leaves, and winter, the cold freshness in the air after snow.

    The scent of roses and the scent of Gardenia. Fresh cut cedar. Oil paints in the studio. A kitchen full of fresh fruit being canned. Homemade tomato sauce simmering on the stove.

    A campfire. Cinnamon and ginger. Coffee. A roast in the oven. Fresh fruit being cut. Bread baking. German Chocolate cake baking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bg View Post
    when girls smell like coconut
    I actually put coconut oil in my hair

    Patchouli
    For some reaons patchouli is very unpleasant to me... if there's something patchouli around i'm like OK WHERE IS THE MOLD!!! I SMELL MOLD!!
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    similar to a couple other people here, my sense of smell is very sensitive, and i'm very picky about smells. Even if something is supposed to smell "good" if it's like too artificial or something like that, i can't stand it.

    Some of the smells i just love:
    cardamom
    garlic
    coconut (but ONLY natural, not the fake kind)
    cinnamon
    apple cider
    flowers
    various herbs cooking (and no i don't mean pot -- pot smells disgusting)
    edit: COFFEE!! i forgot coffee! (i like the smell better than the taste usually)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkaholicsAnon View Post
    I actually put coconut oil in my hair


    Quote Originally Posted by WorkaholicsAnon View Post
    For some reaons patchouli is very unpleasant to me... if there's something patchouli around i'm like OK WHERE IS THE MOLD!!! I SMELL MOLD!!
    I always liked it, but I think what makes it a favorite smell is memories of being a deadhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkaholicsAnon View Post
    I actually put coconut oil in my hair



    For some reaons patchouli is very unpleasant to me... if there's something patchouli around i'm like OK WHERE IS THE MOLD!!! I SMELL MOLD!!
    Same to both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aylen View Post
    Same to both.
    I wonder if certain genetic polymorphisms affect these preferences
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmers View Post
    babies smell nice
    REALLY??? you must have been around some pristine babies then...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica129 View Post
    You know how certain people just smell amazing? Like not even cologne or soap or anything, but just their scent? That. But i have to be attracted to them. I like when you're cuddling and you just plant your face in their chest and it's just like AHHH. Or when they leave a peice of clothing behind and you smell their scent and feel all warm and happy inside. So i guess.. man sweat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkaholicsAnon View Post
    I wonder if certain genetic polymorphisms affect these preferences
    I have wondered similar in the past. I am a beta-thalassemia (minor) carrier which was inherited from my bio-dad. He has Cooley's anemia (major) and as far as I know still needs blood transfusions. He still lives in Greece so I am not sure how it is treated there other than transfusions. It has not been much of a problem, for me, that I know of but I have had problems with nutrition and anemia throughout my life. I have read it evolved to protect certain groups from malaria.



    Patient demographics[edit]

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    Evolutionary adaptation[edit]

    The thalassemia trait may confer a degree of protection against malaria, which is or was prevalent in the regions where the trait is common, thus conferring a selective survival advantage on carriers (known as heterozygous advantage), thus perpetuating the mutation. In that respect, the various thalassemias resemble another genetic disorder affecting hemoglobin, sickle-cell disease.[22] [23]



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