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How can I turn a bar of soap into cologne?

I received a nice bar of soap as a holiday gift and I really like the particular cedar wood smell. So much so that I want to convert it, one way or another, into a wearable fragrance. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Mr Yak on May 26, 2014 - 9 answers

What specifically am I sensitive to?

After having to leave a meeting due to someone elses perfume, I would love to know what chemical it is in scented products that I am sensitive to. Can we narrow it down some? Details of reaction inside. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Scent wearers and the scent sensitive: what's the balance?

Last night at a social event, a person seated at my table had to leave because my scent was bothering her. Her eyes were tearing and she was obviously uncomfortable. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by summer sock on Jan 16, 2014 - 59 answers

Fire bad, smelly things good.

I have been wanting to get some nice scented things, but my lease stipulates no burning candles in my apartment, so I'd like some other delivery mechanism. But there's a loooot of things out there and I'm not sure what to choose. Criteria: Nice and not fake-smelling stuff, wide variety of available fragrances, reasonably priced, involves no matches/flames/smoke. Kind of prefer something I can use only for short periods of time as opposed to just leaving it going so long I can't smell it anymore.
posted by Sequence on Jan 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Looking for a new cologne

I’ve worn the same cologne off and on for about 20 years, and I think it’s time for a change. I’m looking for scents for everyday wear with woody notes (or citrus/fresh notes, like what I wear now). Nothing musky or spicy! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 31, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me understand fragrance: Hermes edition.

Do you use Hermes perfumes? Do you like them? Can you explain them to me? I'm not a typical perfume wearer. I recently tried the Hermes fragrance Un Jardin Sur Le Toit at a friend's house and I really liked it. Then I started googling and found myself in a world of top notes, drydowns, accords, and other things where I don't even know what the words mean, much less how to understand them. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 24, 2013 - 13 answers

What do you use to clean floors? How about grease spots in laundry?

We've been using Pine-sol cleaner for years. The pine oil in it dissolved grease and killed germs. Unfortunately, the old formula has been replaced by a new "original formula" that is advertised as having a longer-lasting scent. It stinks! It smells like very bad cheap imitation floral perfume now, a long-lasting scent that makes the house smell horrible. We can't have this scent in our house. What should we use instead? [more inside]
posted by Ery on Dec 23, 2013 - 25 answers

perfume dabblerey

For some time now I've had an on-off fascination with scent and perfume, particularly the artistic side of scent. How can I further explore this? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2013 - 14 answers

A little perfume? Good. A lot of perfume? Not so good.

Following this post I finally came across a perfume that is exactly what I was looking for. The only problem is that it is quite strong and the sprayer sprays out too much so the perfume is applied too heavily. How can I moderate that? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 18, 2013 - 14 answers

What are the greatest EU/UK bath & beauty products?

So, every time I go looking for recommendations for makeup, etc. (here, and Makeup Alley, mostly), the majority of highly rated items are US products that are usually impossible or expensive for me to get, which is why I'd like your tips for your top-rated favorite bath and beauty items made-locally / available in Europe at reasonable cost. Maybe I can replace a few things, and find some new gems. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

What was that enchanting smell? (not bufala)

Spent a little less than a week in Paestum, Salerno in late September/early October this year. I remember smelling something beautiful and herb-like, particularly in/around the forum area. I'd like to know what it was that I was smelling! [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on Nov 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Please recommend the best scented liquid hand soap

I want to get fantastic smelling liquid hand soap as a gift. I.e., the kind that makes you happy to smell your hands all day. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Nov 4, 2013 - 31 answers

mmm vampire blood

I am a big fan of the Vampire Blood incense sticks - I love the dark, musky, smoky, very erotic and animalistic deep smell. What else smells like it (and what is Vampire Blood really the smell of anyway)?
posted by divabat on Oct 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Universal assent for a scent?

I've noticed that my female friends almost universally love it when guys wear Old Spice deodorant. Is there an equivalent scent for girls that nearly all guys go crazy for? I'm really looking for deodorant, but lotions or perfumes or other scented things could also be taken under consideration. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Oct 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Help ID this (natural) mystery floral scent?

Every now and then this incredibly gorgeous floral fragrance wafts into our house, and I always thought it was a neighbor spraying on scent at a time when the breeze currents are just right for it to drift our way, but when I mentioned that I wished I knew what brand of perfume it is, my husband said that, no, it is actually a flower (or flowering vine), because he's seen and smelled it before, but he doesn't know what sort of plant it is, or remember what it looks like. I'd love some suggestions about what it might be. I'm sure it's not Jasmine, unless it's some specific type I'm not familiar with. We're in Greece. [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 31, 2013 - 31 answers

How to generate "grilling smells?"

So we're opening up a concession stand a local soccer field tomorrow, and we're going to have a grill at which we're going to serve typical grill stuff (burgers, dogs, maybe a few fancier things here and there). What can we throw on the grill (like in a saucepan on a side burner) that can blanket the fields with the smell of home-cooked burgers and generate some serious mouth-watering? The grill's fairly small -- a fairly typical four-burner suburban soccer dad fixture, and the stand will be open for about 2-2.5 hours each night. [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Jul 21, 2013 - 12 answers

This one smells just right!

How do I find my signature scent? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jul 1, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me find a clean, bright, sexy smelling perfume

I want to get a new perfume but perfume shopping is an utterly horrible experience for me. I'm looking for a very clean smelling perfume. What can you suggest? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 3, 2013 - 65 answers

Don't mind me, I'm just going to follow you around now.

I met a guy who was completely ordinary until I got close enough to smell him, at which point I went into overdrive. Has anyone else experienced this? What just happened here? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Mar 27, 2013 - 31 answers

Smells like SCIENCE

After dropping chemistry post-GCSEs, I find myself reading a couple of books about perfume construction that have made me realise that molecules are interesting, and that if they're written about for a non-scientific audience, I understand and am engaged by them more. How can I learn more without being scared off by Really Hard Science? And are there other books or articles which deal with the construction of scents and smells? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

The Scent of a Girl

Why did girls used to smell like girls? [more inside]
posted by user c on Dec 3, 2012 - 35 answers

Maybe if I rub some vanilla under my nose...

I'm moving into a new place! Hooray! But it harbors the scent of the last tenant. Boo. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Oct 26, 2012 - 30 answers

Fragrant and glycerine-free hair care tips needed!

What are some fragrant, glycerin-free options for shampoo and conditioner? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Sep 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Choose Your Own Smell-venture?

Need the archetypal examples of various fragrance families, as well as a place to sample 'em on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Sep 13, 2012 - 19 answers

What beautiful fragrance? How to use it?

I bought bottles of orange blossom water and rose water at the grocery store. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Sep 9, 2012 - 36 answers

Disoriented you enter in, unleashing scent of wild jasmine

Honeysuckle and jasmine smell identical to me. Is there a good reason for this? Like...science? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Do we have to smell that smell?

We're looking for a new home and found one we like, but the odor is a bit overwhelming. Can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by roue on May 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Something stanks and I want some

Help me find a perfume that smells like these flowers. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on May 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me smell good

I would like to adopt a smell that will be My Smell. I want only a partner leaning in close or the person I'm hugging to smell me. I'm interested in hair stuff, perfumes, and all that other fragrant crap, with a strong preference for organic products. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on May 8, 2012 - 42 answers

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world.

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Where can I buy bulk quantities of high-quality body soap online?

Where can I buy bulk quantities of high-quality body soap online? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 2, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I get that "she smells nice!" reaction, not coughing and gagging?

Every time I apply perfume I'm afraid that I'm going overboard. For those of you who wear scents, how much (and where) do you apply? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Dec 21, 2011 - 39 answers

Christmas without a tree

How do I make my house smell like Christmas without a tree? [more inside]
posted by mikesch on Nov 23, 2011 - 29 answers

How to capture and recreate a specific scent?

A friend and I are trying to create a product with a very particular scent. Our Google skills have failed. Is there a company that does this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Oct 28, 2011 - 7 answers

I don't want my chair to smell like shampoo! I want it to smell like a chair!

How do I get this shampoo smell out of a recently-cleaned chair? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

The Nose Knows

What online perfume stores are similar to Black Phoenix Alchemist Lab? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Smelling like brisket forever doesn't seem like such a terrible fate either.

How do I get rid of the smell of liquid smoke on my skin? I rubbed beef for homemade beef jerky with liquid smoke using my fingers, and now my hand smells delectable. I can't stop salivating and I'm about to start gnawing on my phalanges. Help! [more inside]
posted by halogen on May 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Get it off! Get it off!

This morning I generously applied a sample of perfume oil (BPAL Eclipse, if you're wondering) that I forgot I've already tried on and hated. Now I can't stand the way I smell. How do I get it off?? I've been scrubbing with soap and water to no avail.
posted by rhiannonstone on May 11, 2011 - 12 answers

How do spas scent their air?

What machines/types of aromatics do spas use to make the entire facility smell pleasant and relaxing? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Apr 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Keep the husband, lose the mice

Please make my mice go away! (Keep the husband, lose the mice.) [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Nov 9, 2010 - 39 answers

how do i encourage that delectable scent to return to my nostrils yet again?

My partner has stopped smelling good to me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 - 20 answers

What is that scent

Over last couple of years I have noticed an increasing number of people (male & female) wearing a particular scent. It doesn't smell like standard perfume or aftershave. It has a kind of herby / healthy scent maybe even a touch medicinal. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Sep 27, 2010 - 33 answers

A Skunk By Any Other Name

I have always found skunk odor and roses to share similar scent. In my opinion, it's strikingly similar, but almost nobody agrees with me. What chemical, if any, do they have in common? [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Sep 16, 2010 - 20 answers

Best perfume selection in US department stores?

What US department store -- besides Sephora -- has the best [widest?] selection of perfume? Bonus points if they will give samples -- I don't like to buy something without wearing it for a day first. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 30, 2010 - 15 answers

sugar and spice and everything nice - how to make the scent without the food?

How do I create a vanilla sugar scent? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Apr 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me find a fragrance for a young woman!

Please help me find a fragrance for a young woman! I have asked her what she wears (she always wears some scent), and her reply is vague: "I have a number of spritzes I use." I would like to get her something that she likes. I have no idea what a spritz is. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 - 42 answers

ScentFilter: I love Caress Moroccan body wash. Help me find a similar scent.

ScentFilter: I love the smell of Caress's Moroccan body wash. Help me find a similar scent in perfume form! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Oct 7, 2009 - 5 answers

Anosmia - is it forever?

Getting over a lousy cold/flu, can breathe again but can't smell anything. Is this permanent? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Smells like clean spirit

Can someone identify the clean soap (or other laundry product) smell I keep noticing among hispanics? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Aug 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Professional smell tester - am I part dog?

Could I be a professional smell tester with my dog like nose? [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Jul 5, 2009 - 10 answers

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