Get a whiff of this!

The smells of the season

I love smells, at least good smells, lol! One thing I love about the Christmas season are all the smells that come along with it. The pine tree, the cinnamon, the apple…. Walking through the store today, I passed the Christmas section with all its candles and potpourri, and boy, did it smell yummy! 

Seasonal decor

I also know that scents are strongly associated, whether negative or positive, with past relationships and circumstances. If I smell grape Bubble Yum, I am once again in Ms Pruitt’s geometry class in 10th grade! If I smell Brut, which I abhor, I remember my father, who passed away 4 years ago, as that is what he always drenched himself in, God rest his soul!

Scents are good for the soul…

I find that if my mood is lagging, surrounding myself with one of my favorite scents will help my attitude to perk up. I may use a perfume I love, and spray myself in it. I may light one or more of my chosen candles, or I may spray the room with one of my favorite room scents.

We all have perfumes that we love. Some of my favorites are Estee Lauder’s Beautiful, Avon’s Eternal Magic and U by Ungaro for Avon.

I have a couple of Bath and Body works room deodorizers I love. I use a Wallflower that dispenses the fragrance slowly over time. Currently I like Twilight Woods! I also like the Clean Linen scent. I have 2 dogs and I am constantly fighting to overcome their odorous presence!

Yankee Candle has some great scents for candles. I can’t pass their store in the mall without going in and sniffing a few!

grape bubble yumbath and body works candleavon perfume ungaro

Fun info about scents elsewhere on the web!

Gretchen Rubin at the Happiness Project- Fragrances and her young daughter recently explored some different fragrances. If you’d like to hear about a place where you can get very unique scents bottled, go read her post!

I also want to share a website about a charbroiled fragrance that Burger King put out. Be sure to go and visit Flame Meets Desire to see the King in action! It is an interactive site, so be sure to click on the bottle and Flame to advance to the next scene!

I encourage you to find a scent or 2 that has the capacity to lift your spirits. Spending $10 at Bath and Body Works is a lot less than a therapy session!

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28 comments to Get a whiff of this!

  • Great post and great blog! Found you on SITS and thrilled did! I WANT A BALANCED LIFE!!!!!! lol Can’t wait to reda more!
    Genevieve (AKA Superchick!)

    bernicewood Reply:

    Hey Superchick!
    I am so glad you dropped by! I am exctied about my new blog and cannot wait to meet new people and help them with their lives!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Bernice, I suffer from depression along with fibromyalgia, can you suggest a scent YOU like that can help with lifting my depression. I try all kinds but haven’t found ‘that’ scent, yet..thanks!

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    bernicewood Reply:

    I am sorry you are suffering! I think it just has to be a scent that makes you “feel” better. The beauty of a scent, one that appeals to me, can raise my spirits. I think it really just depends on the person’s likes. Go into Yankee Candle, or Cracker Barrel, or Bath and Body Worlks, and sniff away!

  • very interesting-i know my kids love to smell stuff and a relaxing scent would be wonderful at bedtime and the crazy afterschool before dinner time
    Dawn recently posted..I Heart CupcakesMy Profile

    bernicewood Reply:

    I have heard that lavendar works well for comforting and soothing and relaxing. Give it a try! Maybe it will slow them a little bit!
    Thanks for coming by!

  • Neat post! :) I don’t have a sense of smell (ever! weird, I know), so it seems so odd to me that people have memories based on smell. I think my brain must take pictures, b/c I think I have memories based on snapshots in my mind, if that makes any sense. Thanks so much for linking to my party. I hope you’ll come back again soon. :)

    bernicewood Reply:

    Oh, wow, I have heard of people not having a sense of smell! Great having a great memory for pictures is awesome though!
    Thanks for coming by!

  • Tara

    I finally have a chance to check out your new blog, Bernice. It’s beautiful! It’s almost 5:30 on a Sunday morning, and it’s wonderful to start the day with your blog.

    Funny how this post is about fragrance. I feel the same way you do about scents. Love ‘em!

    Scents associated with this time of year are among my favorites. There’s a unique magic to fall and winter that brings all sorts of comforting thoughts and emotions to mind. And to our lives if we’re lucky.

    I ADORE going into a Yankee Candle shop and just sniffing away, but even drugstores offer fantastic candle-sniffing escapes.

    Mmmmm…Cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin cranberry…

    bernicewood Reply:

    Oh, now you got me wanting to take a trip to Yankee Candle! Ugh, that would mean going to the mall, though, and I really don’t like going there!
    Thanks for coming by! I hope you come back soon!

  • I love so many smells. This was a nice post that made me think of a lot of pleasant things :) thanks!

    bernicewood Reply:

    That is the point, to ENJOY something!

  • Sue

    I love the smell of rose.

  • I couldn’t agree more. The power of smell is a wonderful simple pleasure. Lovely fragrances can lift my mood, or take me back to a special place and time.

    So glad you linked up today.
    Dayle recently posted..Simple Pleasures A Goodwill DealMy Profile

  • I thank God for the gift of smell. I thank Him for the flowers that perfume my garden and raise my heart to Him in praise :-) Lovely simple pleasure! blessings..Trish

    bernicewood Reply:

    Oh I wish I could grow flowers! That is NOT one of my gifts! I am desperately trying to keep 3 houseplants alive from my father’s funeral 4 years ago! Thank you so much for visiting! Do come back again!

  • I love the smell of the pine trees and all the other scents in the woods. They make me feel alive and connected. Great reminder that even our sense of smell is a gift.

    bernicewood Reply:

    Ahh, I love walking in the woods and just taking deep breaths! Very fresh and invigorating!

  • Great simple pleasure and one to which I can relate. I get my warm fuzzies from any fall or winter fragrance like pumpkin, apple, or spices.

    I love them so much that I save them until Thanksgiving week so as not to cheapen their special nature.

    bernicewood Reply:

    I can understand putting them back and saving them! Plus there are so many other scents to use! Glad you came by Debbie! Come back again!

  • I too love candles and the scents of the season ..I am still buring the Yankee Pumpkins Spice and I like wears valleys Christmas scents to use also . I use the reed sticks for scents and my fav scent is Ellen Tracy and Tresour
    thanks for shaing

    bernicewood Reply:

    I have never used the reed sticks before. May be worth trying, I get nervous about all the candles burning! Be sure to come back and visit sometime soon!

  • I love Scentsy ‘warmers’….and the never-ending variety of fragrances! Right now, it’s Cinnamon Cider.
    Evelyn in Oregon recently posted..Simple Pleasure in a cupMy Profile

    bernicewood Reply:

    You are right! There are so many to choose from! Be sure to come back and visit sometime soon!

  • Hi Bernice,

    When my youngest daughter was in junior high school she did a science project on the sense of smell. We created a mini research study as part of her project. In preparing for it I found the book A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman that revealed that our sense of smell carries memory and is connected to taste. (This is a fascinating book.)

    I learned first hand how smell affects our impressions and decisions. When I was preparing my former home for showing to prospective buyers, the realtor suggested that I sprinkle cinnamon in a pan and put in a hot oven. The smell wafted through the house giving the illusion that I was baking. She explained that the smell would immediately make visitors have a positive experience since it would be tied to a warm, homey experiences and feelings. I was amazed, especially since I was not even really baking, but just giving the illusion with a common ingredient associated with baking–cinnamon.

    Along the same lines of using smell to trick the mind, I have a quicky cleanup technique. When I’m expecting company but don’t have time for a thorough cleanup (never mind don’t have the desire,) I spray Mr. Clean along the walls from the front door at nose level throughout the house. It makes the mind think the house has been freshly cleaned. I learned this from a housekeeper. Hm-mm-mm-mm.
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    bernicewood Reply:

    I am going to have to keep those 2 ideas in mind! I have 2 dogs in my home and it is a constant battle to fight that doggie smell, even when I clean. I will definitely use the cinammon, what an inexpensive way to fill your home with wonderful scents!
    Thanks for coming by to visit!

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