June 20, 2012 at 10:18 am #30736
So, my coworker now thinks I’m all kinds of crazy because I was sniffing my new book I bought. I can’t help it – I LOVE the smell of books. The best ones are the old books and second best are brand new ones. I also love the smell of gasoline (but I try not to sniff that, since its really bad for you) and I think that came from practically growing up at a race track and being the pit all the time. Does anyone else really like smells that other people think are strange? Or am I the only weirdo?June 20, 2012 at 10:21 am #30737
I like the smell of booksJune 20, 2012 at 10:39 am #30749
I like the smell of books AND gasoline/exhaust (if I get a whiff, that is…I don’t go around huffing these substances )
And this is gross, but I really like the smell of sweat. My boyfriend thinks I am crazy, but whenever he’s like “Ugh, I’m so sweaty and gross” I’m probably sniffing him like a weirdo, going “Noooo you smell so good!” It’s unfortunately not just love that does this to me, though– if I smell B.O in a crowd of people, my internal reaction is “Mm!” regardless of who it’s coming from. Probably somebody completely disgusting, if their sweat is wafting through the air?
Anywayyyyyy um. I like cigaratte smoke, also (& have since I was a child, before I actually took up the habit) I’m truly an on/off smoker (haven’t had one in like 2 weeks, then smoked a few last night) but the smell is always good to me.June 20, 2012 at 10:52 am #30753
This is why I love this site. I always thought I was totally weird for loving the smell of a brand new book, cigarette smoke on someone’s clothes (I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life though) and gasoline. And now I know of other people who love/like these smells as well!!! Don’t feel so alone anymore I don’t like other people’s B.O. but I don’t mind mine if it’s not after a run. If it’s just sweat from the day, I don’t mind it much at all.
I’m REALLY sensitive to smells though, to the point where once I walked in the apartment after an entire day at work and looked at my roommate at the time and said “did you change your soap?” She looked at me all weird and was like, yeah, I used a brand new bar of soap in my shower this morning…” I can’t use any sprays or plug-ins (which are btw, like the 2nd leading cause of house fires in this country) and very few perfumes make my “ok” list. The smell of roses makes me nauseous, but I’m obsessed with lavender. I also can’t use shampoo if I don’t like how it smells, because I smell it all day. Hate the smell of Pantene.
Here’s another weird one…I totally love the smell of beer on someone else’s breath, if it’s while we’re hanging out and drinking (obviously it’s not so great the next morning if they don’t brush their teeth) but yeah, another totally weird one. I know I have more weird ones, but can’t think of them at this moment.June 20, 2012 at 11:00 am #30755
New book smell is awesome.
I also love the smell of melting butter, new diapers, and new erasers.June 20, 2012 at 11:07 am #30757
Oh, books! I loove their smell. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t gotten a Kindle yet.
I don’t like cigarette smoke; but if someone is smoking a cigar, I’ll get closer to get a whiff.
And if I smell gardenias and or jasmine, I am automatically transported back to childhood.June 20, 2012 at 11:10 am #30758
I’m so happy that I’m not the only freak out there I don’t know of any other weird smells that I really enjoy, but books get me every time. I go to used book stores just to sniff the books. And sometimes I pay more for a new book because I’ll go to the store to buy it the first day instead of ordering it online, because it doesn’t always smell as good after being shipped individually.
@Jessibel5 – I can tell if someone changed soap/shampoo/etc too. I also hate most perfumes. I love most men’s colognes, but women’s perfume is usually gross to me. I have only found 2 that I can wear at all (Ici that I buy from Walmart and smells kinda vanilla-y and Basic Instict from Pure Romance). I hate pretty much all floral smells and can’t stand lavender. Now, if I could get a “book and gasoline” smelling perfume, I’d be good to go.
Oh and I love the smell of burning/burnt rubber. Like tires. But I don’t usually stand outside and sniff tires. Because that would make me even stranger than I already am.June 20, 2012 at 11:17 am #30761
When I was a kid I was in the car with my mom while she was gassing up the minivan and I told her that I wanted my prom date to wear gasoline perfume….I love that smell…June 20, 2012 at 11:18 am #30764
@Jessibel5 Oohh yes, I like the smell of beer on people’s breath also! I thinkk it’s from my early college days of making out with beer-drinking boys? Some kind of positive association thing hahaJune 20, 2012 at 11:23 am #30765
Well Budj, why haven’t you invented that yet? I was totally buy it and apparently other people would too.June 20, 2012 at 11:46 am #30770
Haha, Fabelle, yes, that’s probably where it’s from, associating it with those pleasant college hookups. I guess I associate it with the scenario of “I really like this guy, but we’re both circling around our attraction, let’s get a little drunk and make out!” that sometimes I get nostalgic for. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my husband and am so happy with our current situation, but sometimes I remember that excitement of having a crush on a guy that’s requited, and the first make-out was always shit-eating grin, jump up and down inducing.
New plastic. That’s another great smell, or I guess maybe it’s rubber. I remember really liking the smell of a fresh from the package My Little Pony.
I also usually enjoy the smell of a freshly opened box of Kleenex…so odd, I know!June 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm #30773
Oh my, I love weird smells. My dad and I have always been smelling old books, new books, paper, etc. I love the smell of a bookstore haha.
I also love the smell of gasoline, rubber, and the smell of auto repair shops.
While I absolutely hate the smell of cigarette smoke, my boyfriend smokes, and I have come to like the smell on him because it makes me feel at home.
I love the smell of fresh sawdust, or anything related to lumber and wood. And fresh paint on walls. Ah, I could go on with my weird smells I like.June 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm #30777
Oh, here’s an odd one: Construction sites and hardware stores. Like, if you pass a storefront that they’re doing construction on and the door is open, the smell of the drywall and tape and 2×4′s and sawdust. Sometimes I have to stop myself from stopping and lurking there and inhaling the scent, because the construction workers think I want to flirt with them. I know where that comes from though. My dad is a carpenter/general contractor and when I was a kid he used to let me come help him out on job sites (he works mostly alone) and would let me help with little things, and we used to write stories on the drywall in pencil before it got painted and taped over. I’d write a line, then he’d write a line until we had a semi-plotted story. They usually started with me insulting my dad (“Little Johnny was stupid and went to school on the short schoolbus”) and then him countering it (But what everyone else didn’t know was that Little Johnny was a genius and just faking dumb”) So that smell reminds me of my papa.
Also, no trip to the mall is complete without going in one Abercrombie and Fitch door and out the other, just to smell it! Works with Hollister too Don’t ever really buy anything there, but love to smell it!June 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm #30786
I read somewhere that most women are attracted to the smell of gasoline. I love new books too, and new shoes and rain and cigars. I also hate the smell of baking cookies everyone looks at me like a crazy person when I say that.June 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm #30788
I love the smell of books. I worked at the library all through college and it was wonderful!
I’m pretty much ecstatic if it smells like rain.
Jessibel, I like the smell of hardware stores too. That lumber smell is just satisfying somehow.
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