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Common Scents You Can't Stand

What's Your Least Favorite Scent?

I was talking to CasaSugar today and found out that she isn't the biggest fan of vanilla-scented things, which got a bunch of us into a conversation about different common scents we're not so fond of inhaling.

It turns out PartySugar doesn't like incense and I cannot condone that waxy fake chocolate scent (organic and real chocolate notes, though, I love.) It seems like all of us have at least one Achilles' heel when it comes to smells. So now I want to know if there's a common scent you can't stand, and if you have one, what is it?

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Sandalwood and patchouli. But really loathe patchouli.
cortneye cortneye 7 years
I have tropical fruit smells anything mango pineapple peach - ish smell is the worst!
Allytta Allytta 7 years
anything floral, herbal (except basil), honey or anything in the family of chanel no5. basicly i love fruity escada perfumes and dkny be delicious :)
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
AAAH, TELANE! THANK YOU! I think cucumber melon is so flippin' disgusting and everyone else always seems to love it. YUCK YUCK YUCK. I can't believe I forgot how passionately I hate cucumber melon in my original comment.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My husband hates patchouli and complains anytime my mom is around (she bathes in it). I can't stand rose, peony, sweet pea, honeysuckle, freesia, fake chocolate, and baked goods (why would I want to smell like a sugar cookie?).
Sophie-May Sophie-May 7 years
haha whoops thats my fav... but my worst would have to be lavender toilet spray!!! and just lavender in general!!
Sophie-May Sophie-May 7 years
Anything Vanilla!!!!!!! Or fruity tones...
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
Baby powder. Can't stand it! I've never met anyone else who's with me on this.
eneriyma eneriyma 7 years
Fake vanilla. Real vanilla, yes. Fake vanilla, especially that horrid vanilla lavender laundry detergent? It's so awful.
vanilla19 vanilla19 7 years
I hate fake chocolate smells and really strong musky smells. I am surprised that any one could not like vanilla!
Trebbles Trebbles 7 years
I have to agree with Brianna roses and lavender are horrible and for some reason the smell of lilacs always make me feel light-headed my grandma used to pick them and put them in her house and I just felt like I was going to pass out it was so strong and stinky.
BriannaLovesKaty BriannaLovesKaty 7 years
Lavender and Rose!
LuniaFloria LuniaFloria 7 years
Any of Elizabeth Taylor's perfumes (old lady smell...eccchhh) Any thing that is supposed to smell like a baked good (Sugar cookie, etc) or candy (I find them nauseating) Heavy florals (remind me of potpourri) Fake vanilla (Swisher Sweets, anyone?) Basically, the scents I like the best are light florals and fruit that isn't overly sweet or cloying... citrus in particular, especially since that's the one I pull off the best :D
telane telane 7 years
I'm surprised that I agree with a lot of people, too! I hate, hate, hate the scent of: faux vanilla, faux chocolate, freesia, lavender, and I also really dislike any tropical fruit smells (other than coconut, for some reason). The absolute worst for me is cucumber melon. It seriously makes me want to vomit.
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 7 years
LOL- I couldn't agree more Bplasters! I hate poutchouli, and smelling like food is weird. I used to like the smell of Vanilla Bean lotion but I ended up getting ants in my laundry because of it!! Now I can't stand it!
kulikuli kulikuli 7 years
Surprisingly i agree with a lot of others on here, i hate vanilla scented things. Fake vanilla smell is so gross, i've never bought a vanilla candle, lotion anything, and my sister is the same way. Can't stand it.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
These are so great! It's so interesting to see what people don't like to smell.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
The Yankee Candle pine tree candle, ughhhh. Gives me a headache!!
mo_ri_ah mo_ri_ah 7 years
mannylove mannylove 7 years
Febreze!! Hate it!
tallkell tallkell 7 years
zeze zeze 7 years
"Cool Water" a good friend of mine used to wear it everyday, it literally made me want to gag!
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Anything super flowery!!! And fake chocolate too...yuck (like Philosophy's Red Velvet Cake scent).
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