Good smells and bad smells are generally considered pretty universal, but there are definitely some outliers.
Most people can't stand the smell of gasoline, but there are quite a few people who find the smell pleasant.
Redditor Psycho_Bunny_Cutie asked:
"What's a weird smell you're willing to admit you like?"
"Not getting sprayed directly because I've never had that happen so I don't know if I'd like it, but the lingering aftermath."
"My friend's dogs got sprayed and I helped get them bathed. It almost drove them out of their house, but I liked the smell. It lingered for months."
- LakotaGrlbaby skunks GIFGiphy
Home Sh*t Home
"I grew up beside a sewage treatment plant, and it processes the waste of about 60,000 local people including surrounds (largest town in my country)."
"To everyone else it smells like sh*t and it did to me at the start, but now the smell is a comfort, a nice smell, like freshly cut grass or petrol at a petrol station!"
"I don't think it smells like sh*t anymore but when I smell it sometimes I have to pretend it smells bad."
Disney Home Video
"I remember liking the smell of Disney VHS cases."
"Omg. This unlocked a memory for me. I also loved this. But I haven’t done it in so long that I had forgotten. But this comment literally brought the smell right back. Thank you!"
"Me toooooo. Holy sh*t. I feel like it’s 1995 and I’m on the living room floor about to pop in Pocahontas for the 4th time today."
"I dont know if this counts, where I used to live is very common to hug people all the time, and if I have been in someone's home before, the place would have a particular smell, and almost everytime I would hug them, they would smell like their home."
"It always felt good to make that association, it was comforting somehow."
"Same for me, and then when you're out and about and you catch a wiff of something that smells the same even if it's been years they pop into your mind."
"The smell of brand new tech gadgets. It smells of technology. Whenever I buy a new mouse or keyboard (it is especially true for logitech products I don't know if it is a general thing) I sniff them as long as I can detect that sweet plastic-y, ultra clean-smelling goodness."
"Back when CD's were the dominant form of data transfer, I would LOVE every time a new one was opened, just sniffing the new CD."
"Years later, I discovered a nearly identical (to me) smell that works just as well... fresh saffron. Saffron smells like new CD's to me, and I love it."
"Ah, back in the old days, the smell of papers that the teacher handed out that were fresh off those old hand-cranked mimeograph machines. The solvent. Mmmm."
"Pvc pool toys when you're unfolding them before you blow them up."
"I bought a shower curtain the other day and instead of a light plastic smell it smelled heavily of inflatable pool toys, best shower ever."
"New magazines or flyers."
"Freshly printed newspapers."
"I love the smell of basement- which I don't know if is weird, but I'm the only one I know who likes it."
"Yessss, also sometimes underground parking garages or stairwells have it. Everyone always thinks I’m an idiot when I bring it up."
"Asphalt or tar in the summer."
"I grew up in Chicago and I like that smell now for some reason."
"The smell of Home Depot"
"I have long been hoping for Yankee Candle to team up with Home Depot to do a lumber aisle scented candle."
Hot Pavement And Rain
"Hot parking lot when it first starts to rain."
"The best! I can smell it now. Thanks for that."
"That smell in a sun shower is like the best feeling you could ever feel."
"Matches after the flame goes out."
"Ooooh I like the smell when you blow out a candle."
"Dirt in rainy season."
"Farm dirt when they first till the fields in the Spring."
"Gasoline and garages."
"My sister opened her garage the other day and I said how much I love the smell and my entire family (solid 12 people) stared at me in disbelief."
- EnvironmentalSky8872garage GIFGiphy
Meat of Fish
"Butchers or fish mongers. Triggers the caveman part of my brain."
The Other Carb
"Phenol. Toxic chemical used in antiseptic soap and some poisonous mushrooms, also known as carbolic."
"Smells simultaneously musty and clean, yet oddly pleasant."
While there are some smells that seem like everyone must hate them, there's always going to be someone who thinks they smell better than roses.flower GIFGiphy
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