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.