Zia Hassan

Smells Scents Aromas

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A smell is defined, roughly, as the process by which your nose detects a scent and sends it to your brain for processing. It’s one of those special powers we have as animals.

A scent is a characteristic smell. You’d know if it you smelled it again. Scents are things like asparagus, rubber, and coffee.

An aroma is typically a pleasant scent. Whereas the scent classification would apply to a skunk odor, an aroma is a positive experience. Aromas are fresh fall leaves, Christmas, a fireplace, the cold night air.

These aren’t separate things. All three are layers of the same idea, an almost indescribable olfactory sensation that creeps into our brain and reminds us that we’re present.