Things to Smell Before You Die

I’m fed up with all the attention our eyeballs are getting in the bucket list category lately. We get it. There are a gazillion things to see before you die. I know seeing is believing and all, but since when did seeing become the only sense that matters?

Our sense of smell deserves some love too. After all, it is the sense most closely related with memories. And you want to remember your bucket list journey with utter clarity, don’t you? Helen Keller couldn’t have described it more beautifully when she said:

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard.”

Ladies and gents, clear out your nostrils because you’ve got a lot of sniffing around to do before you die. You haven’t really lived until you’ve smelled these things:


  • Warm summer rain
  • Old, worn book pages
  • A fully bloomed bouquet of honeysuckles
  • A burning pile of crisp autumn leaves
  • Clean laundry fresh out of the dryer
  • Homemade bread wafting through the house
  • A field of wildflowers
  • Morning dew
  • Ocean waves lapping onto sandy shore
  • Burning wood on a campfire
  • Bratwursts grilling on the 4th of July
  • Sparklers burning 4th of July evening
  • Pure, fresh country air
  • State fair food
  • Saw wood shavings
  • A shirt from a loved one
  • Warm, made from scratch cookies
  • A rain-soaked forest of fir trees
  • Wood, hay and rust intermingling in a barn
  • Peppermint hot chocolate Christmas morning
  • A freshly cut fruit salad

Did I miss any? What smells would you add to the list?

23 thoughts on “Things to Smell Before You Die”

  1. Such a great post Brianna, I adore pretty smells – all of these are ‘must whiffs’ 😀 I will say another smell I love is (brace yourself for weirdness) petrol! There’s just something about the smell of a gas station, I know bizarre right?! lol *rolls eyes* Karen X

  2. Beautiful. I loved this list. I’ve got to add the smell of a little baby. I won’t be able to ever forget the smell of my new little babies. Slightly soft of me I know, but it’s enough to make my heart flutter still and make me crave one more moment with them tiny and sleepy in my arms!

    Instead the 5 year old is snoring heavily wearing an all in one bear suit currently and little martha (who is 1) is cocooned snug as a bug in her cot with her blanket Nelly.

    1. Aw, what a sweet smell to add to the list. Clean babies do smell quite special.
      Your kids sound so cute and the photos of the two on your about page are simply adorable. Thanks for sharing Laura!

  3. Excellent smells! I love smelling old, worn out books already, clean laundry fresh out of the laundry, and a shirt from a loved one 🙂

  4. Love this too! I really should have added you to the Creative Blogger Award – my apologies! My favorite still is Singing in the Shower…

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