I received a bag of clothes from a friend and when I opened them I got a waft of something foreign to my nose. The clothes were highly scented with her laundry products.
The smell was lovely and the clothes obviously well cared for but that unfamiliar smell got me thinking about all the scents that are used around a home.
My laundry is all done with fragrance free powder or more recently with an ecoegg and I don’t use conditioner so my washing just smells freshly laundered and that is how I like it. Although it would appear that this smell is also available in a bottle along with many more.
When we go into the supermarket we are bombarded with the latest fragrances for laundry products, but do I really want my undies to smell of a chemists interpretation of a spring meadow or Stawberry and Lily Kiss!
It doesn’t stop at laundry you can scent your home with plug-in’s, candles, sprays. Even your car can smell of Cinnamon or Mango.
Our shampoo, bodywash, washing-up liquid and polish are all scented. Don’t get me wrong, I love a spray of my favorite perfume and a nice body lotion as much as the next person. But where does it end?
Are we becoming so surrounded by chemically produced scents that we can no longer remember just what real fresh laundry smells of when it has been aired on a crisp day? After all it appears this fragrance is readily available at your local supermarket!
Some of the most wonderful smells are those that are produced naturally: freshly baked bread, coffee brewing, rain on summers day, lavender growing in a window box. And perhaps the purest and most natural scent of all; the smell of a newborn baby.
Why not banish your fragrances to the cleaning cupboard for a few weeks while you remember and enjoy the wonderful smells all around us.