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Smell-o-commuting

*shakes fist, somewhat fondly, at LJ*
These "tags" we can now apply to entries: oh, how they appeal to my librarianistic sense of order. But, oh, how much work it's going to be to go back and tag all my entries. I've gone back to April of this year so far. We're going to have to do this in small chunks. Though when I get back into my all-LOTR-all-the-time phase, circa 2002-2003, I guess the tagging is going to be kind of easy. "LOTR...LOTR...LOTR...LOTR..."

Anyway, this entry is tagged "fragrance," so on with it:
My hypersensitive nose lately has been dissatisfied with quite a lot of scents, natural or manufactured. Most perfumes smell too fake to me these days, though I'm sure I'll get over it. Vanilla is just about making me gag. I'm liking ice cream (chocolate) because it's frozen, and frozen things don't smell. Oddly, though, I'm also liking tuna, which does decidedly smell strong. (Yes yes, I know; mercury levels; be careful.) But there remain a few things I like the smell of:
- The pages of a thick paperback
- The flowers in bloom out there
- The fresh air, most notably:
- Puget Sound saltwater on a summer morning

That saltwater smell is rich in the air, here in Seattle, this morning. I actually said, "Oh, God, yes," when I walked out on our rooftop here at work to sniff the breeze. (And we're at least 10 blocks from the water, and can't even see it due to landscape features like lower Queen Anne Hill.) I could smell it in the car, through the air ducts, with the windows rolled up, as I drove in on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. With all our digital technology, I could have taken a picture for you of how the water looked this morning, but I still can't capture that smell and send it to you. But I wish I could. It would improve everyone's day.

Yeah, back to work.

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kali_kali
Jun. 21st, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
Haha, I guess I'm not the only LJ-tag geek then. I've gone back to the end of December already, inserting tags into all my entries.
snorklewacker
Jun. 21st, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)
My wife is super-sensitive to perfume fragrances as well, and hates the ones that tend to smell over-soapy or over-floral. I found her two winning fragrances you might be interested in: one is Fleur de Vigne, from a company called Caudalie (www.caudalie-usa.com). They make all-natural stuff from grape skins and such, much of it from wineries in France. It smells *terrific*--grapefruit, cinnamon, and currant, but no soap, no heavy floral notes. Plus, it's all-natural. :)

The other stuff is from Demeter, who makes what they call "pick-me-up sprays." They smell like odd things: Earl Grey tea, "wet dirt," "snow" (which, yes, really smells like the morning after a heavy snowfall), and some food flavors like angel food cake and orange creamsicle. Funky, but wonderful to sniff.

I found both of these at the local neighborhood Sephora, but you can buy them both online. I was actually turned on to them by Mighty Goods (www.mightygoods.com), which is a shopping blog. Fun stuff. :)
mollyringle
Jun. 27th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to try Fleur de Vigne--have heard other good reviews too. May have to track down a sample. We do have a Sephora here, where I've toyed with a few Demeter scents too. Never enough fragrance samples around my house; no, never!
integreillumine
Jun. 21st, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
The lilac and honeysuckle down the street from me is awesome. Except when it's really hot... then it's sortof sickeningly-overwhelming.

I don't like perfumes, really. I liked the better early body splashes/sprays of fruits and flowers, before they got complicated. It's the closest thing to smells on my body that seem 'natural'. Kindof like herbal essences is natural, you know... *silly shrug*
ladyrogue79
Jun. 21st, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that and thought, "Wow, I'm going to have like 100 posts labeled 'slash'." That's not going to be much help. ^.^
modmerseygirl
Jun. 22nd, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
Those fragrances that you still like are all lovely - I love the smell of a brand new book. *grin*

Hope everything is going well, Molly! *hugs for you and baby*
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