I was going to choose the prompt about Covid-19, then opted for something fresh, because I needed a break from the whole subject.
I love the smell of fresh coffee, both as it’s ground and as it’s brewed. One of the reasons I enjoy going to Starbucks is that smell of freshly-ground and freshly-brewing coffee that always seems to hang in the air there. Before that, I used to like to go to A&P and buy their Eight O’Clock Coffee, which you could grind right there in the store however you needed it. The grinder had a dial where you could choose the kind of coffeepot you had, whether a percolator you put on the stove, an electric percolator, a drip coffeemaker like the Mr. Coffee, or anything in between.
Another fresh smell that I like is tobacco. Yes, I used to smoke, cigarettes, cigars, and a pipe. I don’t smoke anymore, but I used to get a little rush when I’d open a fresh pack of cigarettes, unwrap a cigar, or fill my pipe with tobacco from a new package. I don’t smoke anymore, of course, but sometimes I miss the smell of the tobacco.
I learned a long time ago that laundry detergent makers add a scent to their products called “fresh.” It’s supposed to duplicate the smell of hanging your laundry out on a clothesline. I like the smells of doing the laundry: the detergent, fabric softener, bleach, the smell of the laundry room when clothes are being washed, the smell of the dryer sheets, of the spray starch and iron as it’s being used. To me, all of those smells are fresh. I remember my mom used to iron something every day. Even with clothes that didn’t need to be ironed. I think she just liked doing it.
Some of my noise generators include the sound of the laundry being done. If they could figure out how to make the room smell like a laundry, I’d sleep to that every night.