Anytime I get a whiff of fresh laundry, it takes me back to my college days. I lived in a small apartment building in Orange County. Every time I passed by the community laundromat, I'd be hit by bursts of hot, laundry detergent scented air. Now whenever I smell laundry detergent, it reminds of those days. I see my apartment building & the exact section where the hot air would come out from. I can picture myself walking to my classes for the day. It's crazy that all these thoughts & emotions & memories come from one scent.

rain on asphalt
Favorite scent #4: Rain on asphalt
If you want to get technical, your ability to smell comes from specialized sensory cells known as olfactory sensory neurons. These can be found in a small patch of tissue deep within your nose & the cells connect directly to your brain, according to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). 

fresh baked bread
Favorite scent #7: Fresh baked bread
The microscopic molecules released by the things around us stimulate these receptors, such as fresh-cut grass or your daily cup of spiced chai tea. Your sense of smell reaches the olfactory sensory neurons through two different pathways: through your nostrils & through a channel that connects the roof of the throat to the nose (NIDCD). That's why a big part of food & eating is scent as well as taste.

cinnamon
Favorite scent #21: Cinnamon
Scents & smells can trigger memories & emotions. Scientists found evidence that odors trigger more vivid emotional memories compared to images. For example, the scent of your grandma's perfume versus just the box of her perfume. This can be both a good or a bad thing. Sometimes the smell can bring along negative emotions or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So yeah, that's your miniature science lesson for the day.

Take a look at my 25 favorite scents & see if you like them too. Apparently I quite enjoy the smell of various foods. I don't think that's a bad thing. Some of these scents make me feel warm & cozy inside, bring me back to a particular moment in my life, or quite frankly just smell really good. Okay let's get to it.

1. Fresh laundry
2. Rose water
3. Coconut
4. Rain on asphalt
5. Sweet pea body spray
6. Soy sauce
7. Fresh baked bread
8. Incense 
9. Newly purchased clothes
10. Guava 
11. Ocean air
12. Sauteed onions & garlic
13. Puppies
14. Vegemite
15. Vacuumed carpet
16. A peeled orange
17. Pineapple
18. The back of my boyfriend's neck
19. Old books
20. Vanilla sugar
21. Cinnamon 
22. Bonfires
23. Earl Grey tea
24. Nutella
25. Lavender

What are some of your favorite scents? Anything from this list? Please share 3 of your faves. :]

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