You don’t need a Parisian perfumery. Or a royal botanical garden. Sensational scents are all around you in everyday life, and all you need to find them is your sense of smell and your sense of adventure.
1. An Open House
Homeowners make sure their house is looking (and smelling) its best when they’re expecting company. And when that company might be interested in buying said house? Your senses better look out! We’re talking mood lighting, fresh-cut flowers, luxury hand towels, and cozy scented candles. The best part about visiting an open house is that it’s a blank slate where you can envision your life taking place. There’s no junk clogging up the rooms, scuffs in the paint, or holes in the drywall where the “honey-I’m-SURE-I-can-fix-it” project was abandoned.
2. The Farmer’s Market
The farmer’s market is a feast for the senses… and the belly. Sample produce that was harvested yesterday or cheese made from the milk of local goats (hence, goat cheese). Meet artisans who are growing things, making things, and keeping your community alive and thriving. The whole experience is enhanced by the fact that it takes place in the great outdoors. That’s right, not the “good” outdoors, the GREAT outdoors.
3. A Local Bakery
You may not be able to hop on your private jet to eat crepes while strolling the Champs-Élysées, but you can get your mitts on a baguette at a nearby bakery. And why stop there when chocolate chip cookies, scones, and pastries are all at your fingertips? As soon as you walk in your local bake shop, you’re gonna be hit with sensational smells… instead of outrageous exchange rates. So eat up (and sniff up)—it’s duty-free.
4. The Library
The thing about libraries is that they smell like books. Books say, “I know stuff,” and knowing stuff is high currency. Old libraries can be quite rich in smells: old books, wooden shelves, leather chairs… and the occasional octogenarian librarian. Many cities have phenomenal public libraries. Get out and visit yours.
5. Mama’s House
Few things are more comforting than returning to the nest and the person who raised you. (Unless that nest is a nest and you were raised by a bird… that would be awkward.) Nobody’s kitchen smells like Mama’s kitchen. Nobody’s hand soap smells like Mama’s hand soap. You’re home, and you’re not gonna have to lift a finger. OK, so you might have to move that heavy piece of furniture, but other than that, you’re home. And, right now, you’re royalty.
6. A Newborn Baby
There’s something inspiring about glimpsing life at its freshest. Visit a friend or family member who’s just welcomed a little bundle of joy. That newborn baby is so full of innocence and curiosity. Skin so soft, body so fragile… it brings out a little something special in all of us. Lean in close. Smell that? Ah. That’s new life, my friend. And soon enough, it will give way to dirty diapers, so get a whiff while you can.