My Basset Hound Nose

It doesn’t particularly look like one, but it works like that of a scent-driven Basset Hound.  Should you view the “about” page here at Dresses and Hats, you will see a few other scent references – but, here’s a story.

On a recent walk, I happened to catch a sniff of an indescribably wonderful fragrance.  It seemed to exist in a minimal area.  To find it again, it was necessary to retrace my steps (just like a Basset Hound).  The neighbors may have wondered what was going on.  This has happened before and the conclusion was:  the scent of dryer sheets wafting from a household vent.  But not this time.

Almost instantly, my olfactory senses produced a scent-component analysis:  woodsmoke, country air, rabbit tobacco (gnaphalium obtusifolium – also called life everlasting, sweet white balsam, cat’s foot, and indian posy), and a holiday-something baked with pineapple, cloves, cherries, and orange zest.

Overall, the essence of this fragrance was like that of a perfume of my beloved grandmother’s – with aldehydes, bergamot, galbanum, muguet (lily-of-the-valley), ylang-ylang, orris root, tuberose, musk, vanilla, sandalwood, cedar, and amber.

Perhaps this scent experience was actually the presentation of an assemblage of smells from the locale:  woodsmoke, fresh air, native plants, and someone’s culinary masterpiece.  But, maybe it was my grandmother saying hello.


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