I am “scents-ual”…

I have this coconut body butter lotion made by Philosophy that I use frequently to keep my arms and legs moisturized.  I purchased it because I love the smell of coconut and I thought that the enjoyment of the fragrance would prompt me to moisturize more frequently.  The lotion is great – thick, creamy, and it absorbs quickly.  The only complaint I have is that it doesn’t smell like coconut at all to me; instead, it smells like Play-Doh.

Now, I recognize there is a whole group of readers I just lost with the Play-Doh reference.  This is a scent reference uniquely focused on those who have engaged in the sport of Play-Doh creativity – those who have molded and shaped Play-Doh food, animals, people, vehicles, buildings, etc.  If you have done that you understand completely the smell I am referencing.

Not that there is anything wrong with smelling like Play-Doh.  It is a pleasant enough smell and it does conjure happy memories, but it isn’t coconut.  Interestingly enough, every time I use the lotion I have an urge to go to the store and buy Play-Doh.  I do not fully understand the force behind this urge, but have concluded that I am “scents-ual”.  And yes, I once again made up a word to meet my own selfish needs.

I am defining “scents-ual”  as having a sense of smell that is wired in a way that it affects a person’s behavior or mood.  Some folks have emotional or mental ties to things they see, taste, or hear (I have some of those too),  for me it is mostly scents.  Unfortunately, I am the poster child for dysfunctional aromatherapy.  I am tied to different scents than normal folks.  Scents like Play-Doh, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, buttered popcorn, and wet wood carry special connectivity for me.

No need to email me to tell me I am odd – I am aware.  But in my defense, I am sure I am not alone in being scents-ual – there must be others with a like olfactory connection.  I imagine all the other folks out and about wearing Philosophy coconut body butter are driving other scents-uals crazy and causing unexplained increases in Play-Doh sales.   Wait a minute now…do you suppose Philosophy and the makers of Play-Doh are in cahoots to draw in the scents-uals?   Dare I say something smells fishy?  😉

Day one thousand four hundred and forty of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to I am “scents-ual”…

  1. Sheri says:

    But do other people think you smell like coconut when you put it on, or do they also think it smells like Play-doh?

  2. Hayley says:

    I know how you feel, when I go to get my hair trimmed, she uses coconut shampoo and I always smell playdough. She says in all her 40 years of being a hair person, I’m the only one who’s ever smelled playdough in coconut. Everyone thinks I’m nuts. My Mom did too until I went to the doctors office for lab work and mom smelled playdough in the reception area, someone had coconut lotion.
    Maybe it’s a blood type thing or maybe even a DNA thing. Only people with a certain something in their DNA can smell it?

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