Blog All About It Challenge ~ March 2018

Posted March 15, 2018 by Shari in Blog All About It Challenge / 45 Comments

Favorite Scent

I can’t say that I really have one specific favorite scent so I’ll take that as a plural ‘scent’ and press on.

In nature:

The ocean just nudges out clean high mountain pine forests- I love the clean scent of the sea.  Just last fall I got to camp at Marina Beach, CA and experience both beautiful Pacific sunsets and sunrises.  The whole experience of sight, sound, and scent worked powerfully on me and I was as calm as I can ever remember being.  I loved that even my sleeping bag smelled of fresh ocean scent a few days after.

In the kitchen:

Homemade apple pie- spices and baking fruit is just phenomenal for me.  I love baking cobblers in summer and pies in fall to make the house smell soooo good.

On my vanity:

My chamomile and lavender candles are lit when I have bad headaches or tension in my muscles.  Aromatherapy is not a cure-all, but it definitely plays a role.

As to perfumes or sprays, this Victoria Secret Blush is a favorite scent.  I have to be careful because strong scent in perfumes, lotions, or candles will trigger a bad headache, but this particular scent is just right.

So, those are a few of my favorite scents.  What are your favorites?  Do tell!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • My favorite seasons are usually autumn and spring, as I don’t like the too hot weather in the summer. I can deal easier with the cold in winter, as long as I stay inside. Winter does always seem like the perfect season to stay comfy inside your house with a good book. I also like snow, as long as I don’t have to go anywhere. It sure can be dangerous, especially when it turns to ice and gets slippery. I hope you’ll enjoy coloring. I am actually currently working on a jigsaw puzzle at the moment. They are so much fun to do.

    This was a great post to read and it’s fun to learn a bit more about you. I never new you liked winter so much. Looking forward to see what the next months prompt is about!

  • literaryfeline

    Winter is so different in my part of the country. We beg for rainy days. Our daytime temperatures are pleasant, although the nights tend to dip sometimes into freezing territory. No snow (except on the distant mountain tops), sometimes ice, everything begins to turn green to get ready for spring. I admit I’ve never much cared for the cold, much less wet snow. It all sounds so magical in books and in photos–and other people’s stories–though. So, while I like winter here in California, I don’t think I would do well in a Michigan winter. Haha

    • I grew up in Northern California near the mountains, but not in them so I get what you’re saying about the rain and not being a huge fan of winter. I was so worried when I moved to Wisconsin at seventeen and experienced my first real winter. Now, its old hat. LOL

      Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  • I love winter, too! I don’t love the ice either, though. That’s sadly what we get most of the time instead of snow but when it snows….happiness. I do like it to stay above the 20s but other than that I’m on board with winter 🙂 How funny on the attack squirrel. ::snort::

    • Oh yes, I think I’d have a totally different attitude about being outside in winter if I lived where it was mostly ice. I’m terrified of the stuff.

      Squirrels are not my little woodland friends here. This one throws nut shells at me and him or his cousin dig up my bulb plants and replant them so that I get crocuses, daffodils, and tulips out in the middle of my grass or in other weird spots.

      • Oh I’m totally having a giggle over your squirrels. What naughty babies! Mine will dig up things but they don’t tend to move them. So bad. lol But I guess that’s how nature does it, right?

        • Very true. They are doing the natural thing and helping to propagate the plants by scattering them.

          I am no longer quick to assume that someone’s a slipshod gardener when I see bulb plants coming up in an odd arrangement. For some reason, they leave everything else alone, just the early bulb flowers are menaced. Must be the way the bulb smells or tastes to them.

          I will say this, they are great for sorting the seeds and acorns out of my gutters for me so there isn’t so much to clean out.

  • I love winter for the cozies too. Puzzles, yes! I have a fond memory of doing a puzzle with classical holiday music playing, warm fireside flickering and window display of snow falling. Your attack squirrel sounds like quite a character – hilarious.

    • Yes, its perfect for staying in and getting cozy. Woohoo, another puzzler. 🙂

      Oh that squirrel and his cousins are nuisances, but also fun to sit outside and watch in nicer weather.

  • you had me at apple pie, hospital scent should be apple pie i think

    • LOL, it sure would make a bunch of people calmer about having to be there- or, make them crave pie. 🙂

  • I love lavender I think it’s a very calming scent. What a fun post!

    • Yes, I love it too. I grow it, but haven’t had the desire for candlemaking so I just make sachets with it. So soothing on headaches. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    Ohh apple pie! I’ll take pretty much apple anything. Fall has some of the best scenes, with apple and cinnamon too!


    • For sure! I love hitting the orchards and the roadside stands around here. Hot apple cider, too, forgot to mention that. 🙂

  • I never thought to try candles for that type of thing, love the idea!

    • I don’t get deep into aromatherapy, but certain scents like lavender or lemon work well on my system. It will be a fun experiment for you. 🙂

  • I like the scent of gumballs, cotton candy and carnations.

    • What fun, Mary! Now that you mention it, I enjoy the scent of gumballs and cotton candy. They are ‘memory’ scents for me.

  • My favorites are vanilla and strawberry. Lavender smells so good too.

    • Yes, vanilla is a comfort scent and I will put that one on the warmer, too. I do love the scent of strawberry in the summertime. 🙂

  • Vanilla. I love it 🙂

    • Oh yes! It is our favorite everyday candle scent around here and I love it when I get to include it in baking. 🙂

  • I love the smell of anything baking. I also love smells that remind me of experiences or people.

    • Yes! Memory Scents, Carole. I think those orange spice candies are great when I want to remember trips to Gran’s house. 🙂

  • Joann Downie

    I like how you used different things, like nature, nice post!! Here is my post for March!!

    • Thanks, Joann! I tried to narrow it down to one scent and just couldn’t. 🙂

  • I have a thing for “homey” scents – especially cinnamon. Anything scented with cinnamon is a hit with me. When those candles/sprays/etc hit the stores in the Fall I stock up! Apple and pumpkin and orange are other favorites. Hm, I’m sure the fact that all my favorite scents are food-related says something about me. 🙂 Fun post, Shari!

    • Yes, cinnamon and pumpkin spice area a great hit for me. LOL, I love foodie scents, too. 🙂

  • I love the smell of the ocean and being out in nature is one of my favorite things. 🙂 I am also a big fan of my essential oils.

    • Yes! Nature does produce some really lovely scents. Ah… for the ocean. 🙂

      Oh, man, I missed putting my essential oils in the picture. Oh well. I used a peppermint just today. 😉

  • Mmm pie. That is an amazing scent. So nice in the winter when it’s chilly .

    • It really is. It goes past making me hungry to doing a bit of soul-feeding.

  • I love the smell of fresh baked cookies or almost any food actually. Cobblers sure make the house smell good. It’s been a while since I made them. but i did make coconut cookies with chocolate chips today and they smell great. And I totally agree with you on nature scents, my favorite being the smell of forest. I also have this lavender wash softener and I really like how my sheets smell after I washed them. Some candles, lotions and such can have a too strong smell, so it can be hard finding one that works for you.

    • Yes, fresh baked cookies are just the thing. My mouth waters and I have a hard time waiting until they cool a bit. 🙂

      I love the lavender scents in laundry goods. Good one!

  • Karen

    Oh yikes! I’m glad you posted this – I totally forgot about March’s prompt lol

    I LOVE the smells of the beach. And pie. Mmmm pie

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Ha! Glad to help, Karen!

      Oh man, posting this has me totally craving pie.

  • Impossible to pick just ONE scent. I picked a few too.

    • It was making my brain hurt just trying. So, I gave up and picked a few. 🙂

  • Mmm Apple pie! This month’s prompt has had a way of making me crave baked good, lol.

    • I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s posts. There are a lot of baked goods or food scents in the posts. Guess we all love our food. 🙂 Yes, nothing like baked apple pie smell.

  • All of those are awesome scents. Great post!

    • For sure, Tina! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  • I know someone who gets headaches from scents such as baby powder or coconut. (Not real coconuts, but things with that scent. If that makes sense.)

    Looks like you’ve got some choices here. Way to go on taking part in the challenge.

    • I believe you about your friend. I tried a conditioner that was strongly scented with coconut and it made me dizzy with a headache until I was able to rinse it out.

      Thanks for stopping, J Lenni! 🙂