Septoplasty mutes the Scentinelle

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Today I'm undergoing surgery on my nose, a septoplasty to be exact. I have a deviated septum from breaking my nose at least six times in as many years. It all started with a waterslide incident on the first Christmas that I spent with my husband when we were still dating. And now it may become the … [Read more...]

Fresh vanilla beans inspire new tradition

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Vanilla beans grow on orchids, something I didn't know until a dear friend showed me the budding plants in her yard. Each year she pollinates the orchids by hand using a small paintbrush and hopes for a crop. Last year she collected about … [Read more...]

New tablecloth burns my hands

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With the holidays coming, I found myself in need of a new tablecloth. So I went shopping, something I dread this time of year. At the first two stores, I found picked over linens sections. At the third store, my head ached and I was overwhelmed with aromas. But I finally found what I needed: a plain … [Read more...]

Cream and lotions spoil after a year

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I reached into the back of the medicine cabinet and discovered a tube of hair grooming cream. It wasn't exactly ancient; I remember buying it around the time of my wedding, which was about four years ago. The tube was more than half full. I decided to pop open the cap and take a sniff. … [Read more...]

Red twists sing baby powder

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My husband and I went to the movies the other night. He bought a pack of red twists and tore it open. I haven't smelled the candy in years and was instantly transported to junior high, when I went on a summer camping trip with a friend. We lay around the camper for a week, eating boxes of … [Read more...]

Lemon juice deodorant

Colder weather has inspired me to eat some different spices and a little more meat lately. I've noticed that my armpits stink like the stews I've been savoring, despite my use of deodorant. When you can smell your own armpit stink, it's a clue that it might be a strong odor. I decided to look … [Read more...]

Black spray paint

My neighbor three doors down repainted their metal gates this weekend with black spray paint. It was a sunny afternoon, and I had my lanai door open. An acrid aroma wafted into my living room and found its way into my brain. Before I could act, I was instantly transported to my grandparents's musty … [Read more...]

Olfaction differences between the sexes

Can women detect smells better than men? The short answer is yes, but only for specific types of odorants, according researchers who reviewed most of the studies on the topic.* The compounds that women seem to detect better than men include some surprises: acetone (nail polish … [Read more...]

Newspaper

A man sitting next to me on the train pulled out a newspaper. Not a smartphone with an app or an e-reader, but actual folds of paper printed with black and colored ink. It was fresh off the press. In such close quarters, not even my lemon lozenge and scarf could block out the aromas entirely. So I … [Read more...]

Fallen leaves

I was walking along a sidewalk when I came across a deep pile of fallen leaves. It was deep enough that my shoes were swallowed completely. I bent down and scooped up a handful of earth-toned leaves. Maple or Oak, I'm not sure which, or maybe both. I breathed in deep. This scene burst to mind: hay … [Read more...]