The Smell of People

Everyone smells different. It’s taken me awhile to figure out exactly how, but even if we’re not all applying cologne or perfume on a daily basis, we all have different scents of deodorant, soap, shampoo, lotion, aftershave, shaving gel, nail polish, and chapstick. I might not smell specifically like my shampoo, but all the little scented things we apply to our body contribute to that overall smell.

Then of course, there’s the smell of your sweat. Your body odor in general, really. Even though we cover it up with all sorts of stuff, everyone’s body odor smells slightly different, and it, too, adds to the mix. There’s also the effect of how our snot and our saliva receive those smells. In some effect, we’re smelling everything through our snot. As much as it adds to the mix, if we don’t like the smell of that filter because of a cold or because our own bodies are changing their chemical combinations, then everyone smells bad to us.

That change happens to me every once in awhile. Not today, thank heavens, but when it does, the thing that smells the worst is myself. I have to get used to my own scent because it has adjusted itself slightly. It happens when you walk into a house. Some houses are worse than others, depending on how often and how thoroughly they’ve been cleaned, but you know that sometimes you can smell the house. And the family smells the same as the house they live in.

Which means that the smell of a family changes as they move from residence to residence. I liked the smell of this apartment when I first walked in here. It’s nothing identifiable, (“Oh, that smells like lemon and moth balls!”) but I was happy with the thought that, eventually, this apartment smell would add to my personal smell.

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About The Original Kate

Along with artistic tendencies, Kate enjoys unusual people and is constantly striving for some sort of nonconformity. Kate offers a perspective that is thoughtful but well-written and full of images within the words. Other tidbits that might intrigue: she has very long auburn hair, and, you guessed it, her favorite color is orange.

Posted on January 14, 2009, in From Rabid-Mormon Land Known As Utah. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  2. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  3. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  4. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  5. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  6. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  7. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  8. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  9. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  10. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  11. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.

    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  12. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.
    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

  13. If you want to hear more people talk about their own scent specifically, the best way (I suppose) is to poke your head into a perfume shop. Not only do people perceive perfumes differently, some perfumes smell different on different people.
    I was first introduced to this idea here, at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Years ago, they had comments of each scent underneath the product listing. I think that they’ve since moved all these comments to this forum, specifically to the Reviews section. Fascinating stuff.

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