My Sensitive Nose

Charlie will tell you that I smell everything.  It’s a trait I inherited from my mother. It’s not necessarily a benefit unless, of course, there’s a gas leak.

I like the bed made with freshly laundered, odor-free bedding.
I like the bed made with freshly laundered, odor-free bedding.

I can’t even have the fragrance of a dryer sheet on my bedclothes or my nose starts to itch.

I have used lemon and rosemary in simmering water to fragrance the house but in summer it's too hot to keep water boiling on the stove.
I have used lemon and rosemary in simmering water to fragrance the house but in summer it’s too hot to keep water boiling on the stove.

Of the few smells I do enjoy two are lavender and lemon. Over the years I have found Yardley English lavender body wash, soap, and body lotion to have a mild spicy smell. Charlie likes it, too.

The mudroom closet is used for coat and shoe storage which gives it a stale smell.
The mudroom closet is used for coat and shoe storage which gives it a stale smell.

I have noticed that our newly built closets have a musty smell so I wanted to gently give them a better fragrance. My plan was to buy a few bars of Yardley English Lavender soap and stash them in the closet.

Yardley soap for a $1 per bar -- deal.
Yardley soap for a $1 per bar — deal.

The cost of this soap in our local drug stores is about $1.60 – $1.70 per bar. Imagine my delight when I found it in DollarTree for a measly $1 per bar.

Lightly scented lavender soap.
Lightly scented lavender soap.

I snatched up 8 bars of lavender soap and 2 bars of a lemony smelling soap.

I'm hanging the soap from the closet rod in a mesh bag left over from my niece's wedding.
I’m hanging the soap from the closet rod in a mesh bag left over from my niece’s wedding.

I have decided to hang or store the lavender soap in our coat closet, our conservatory closet and the linen closet.

Citrusy lemon soap in large bars.
Citrusy lemon pure vegetable soap in large bars.

The lemon soap I’ll use in the kitchen for a fresh scent. Now I have a non-cloying, pleasant smell in our belongings.

Do you favor certain scents?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “My Sensitive Nose”

  1. “It’s a trait I inherited from my mother. It’s not necessarily a benefit unless, of course, there’s a gas leak.” – I am the same way! hubby is convinced I have the nose of a bloodhound. it’s both a blessing and a curse! my mom actually did detect a gas leak in our house growing up – so minor that after she called the gas company the 3rd time, and they sent the 3rd tech out, he finally detected it with a super sensitive tool – he was like “lady, that’s some nose you’ve got!” I love the soap in a mesh baggie idea! I might have to steal that…

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