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[*] posted on 13-10-2014 at 17:35


I like hydrogen sulfide because it reminds me of garlic... which I love eating raw

Yeah I have a weird taste
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[*] posted on 13-10-2014 at 19:16


Quote: Originally posted by Cou  
I like hydrogen sulfide because it reminds me of garlic... which I love eating raw

Yeah I have a weird taste


I love garlic. Try throwing some in a batch of chocolate chip cookies. It's an experience.




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[*] posted on 14-10-2014 at 03:06


Eugenol is pleasant.

But also a host of other chemicals present in essential oils.
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[*] posted on 22-10-2014 at 03:26


Octanol is something i'd never smelled before. I couldn't place it anywhere, but it's special :)

[Edited on 22-10-2014 by Jylliana92]




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[*] posted on 22-10-2014 at 04:08


Quote: Originally posted by Jylliana92  
Octanol is something i'd never smelled before. I couldn't place it anywhere, but it's special :)


Welcome back! Apparently octanol has some pretty nice-smelling esters, too. I need to find some.




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[*] posted on 22-10-2014 at 10:00


Thanks. With some luck i'll be back on my old account soon.
Bummer it got blocked... shit happens :')

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Today I got an accidental whiff of bromine... ugh.. it was awful >.<
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[*] posted on 22-10-2014 at 10:01


Quote: Originally posted by No Tears Only Dreams Now  
Quote: Originally posted by Cou  
I like hydrogen sulfide because it reminds me of garlic... which I love eating raw

Yeah I have a weird taste


I love garlic. Try throwing some in a batch of chocolate chip cookies. It's an experience.


My mom and dad love pickled garlic and some reason I don't...

Also, my mom and dad love what is known in Farsi as "zereshk" and I also don't like it.

One of the worst smelling things is a mix of copper(II) and iron(II) sulfate.

[Edited on 22.10.2014 by Brain&Force]




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[*] posted on 22-10-2014 at 11:18


Quote: Originally posted by Brain&Force  


One of the worst smelling things is a mix of copper(II) and iron(II) sulfate.

[Edited on 22.10.2014 by Brain&Force]


Now that, I don't understand at all. Iron(II) sulfate has never had much of a smell in my experience, and copper(II) sulfate is only mildly off-putting. Why would this smell so bad?




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[*] posted on 22-10-2014 at 11:45


Do copper and iron sulfates even have a smell? I don't think so -- they are non-volatile. Maybe it comes from inhaling the dust?

My lab has been smelling faintly of almonds for a few days now, due to nitrotoluenes.

[Edited on 22-10-2014 by Cheddite Cheese]




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[*] posted on 22-10-2014 at 14:34


Copper(II) sulfate has no smell to me, but all iron compounds smell awful to me. I don't think that it's the compounds themselves, but rather whatever it is that they make when you touch them, because after touching some iron(II) sulfate once, my hands had a nasty "rusty" smell to them all day afterwards that I couldn't wash off.



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[*] posted on 22-10-2014 at 21:42



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The “smell of metal” is actually a body odor caused by contact between skin and metal! We all know that musty smell that metal has, like pennies or other things made of copper, brass, and iron. It is actually caused by human body odor. It isn’t a metal vapor that causes the smell at all. Some researchers treated test subjects’ hands with a ferrous solution composed of iron dust, steel, and cast iron plates. All the subjects recognized the smell on their skin. Researchers then captured the smell and analyzed it with a glass funnel containing extraction fiber. The fiber was analyzed through gas chromatography. They discovered that the metallic smell is actually caused by sweat coming in contact with iron. The sweat actually corrodes the iron which generates reactive ferrous ions that break down lipid peroxides in the skin and creates odorous aldehydes and ketones. So, the smell is actually a reaction with our sweat. Now, when you smell a particularly raunchy jar of pennies, you can imagine all the nasty hands that made it stink so badly. Thanks science.



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[*] posted on 23-10-2014 at 00:02


What about damascenones? One drop is very disappointing but if you drop something on yourself and give it time (like overnight) then you'll wake up to the smell of roses. Magic! :D
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[*] posted on 6-11-2014 at 01:10


Chloroform for sure, and toluene smells slightly appealing sometimes.
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[*] posted on 6-11-2014 at 01:54


I'm ether going to get smacked up side the head or laughed at it.

But I find the smell of acetic acid and small amounts of ammonia rather pleasant. It has that fresh clean smell I guess. No i have worked at a factory in their IT department and they had ammonia leak. no so pleasant...




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[*] posted on 6-11-2014 at 10:30


Quote: Originally posted by gardul  
I'm ether going to get smacked up side the head or laughed at it.

But I find the smell of acetic acid and small amounts of ammonia rather pleasant. It has that fresh clean smell I guess. No i have worked at a factory in their IT department and they had ammonia leak. no so pleasant...


I think I have an even weirder choice for pleasant smell: small concentration of iodine. I love the smell of iodine. Too bad it's toxic.
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[*] posted on 6-11-2014 at 12:31


Quote: Originally posted by DrMario  
Quote: Originally posted by gardul  
I'm ether going to get smacked up side the head or laughed at it.

But I find the smell of acetic acid and small amounts of ammonia rather pleasant. It has that fresh clean smell I guess. No i have worked at a factory in their IT department and they had ammonia leak. no so pleasant...


I think I have an even weirder choice for pleasant smell: small concentration of iodine. I love the smell of iodine. Too bad it's toxic.


I see my T key was failing me last night.


I never took the time to smell Iodine. I was rather afraid the fumes may turn my nose purple.(jk)

I also like the smell burnt gunpowder...Smokeless . Black powder has a very sulfer smell.




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[*] posted on 6-11-2014 at 13:25


Quote: Originally posted by gardul  

I also like the smell burnt gunpowder...Smokeless . Black powder has a very sulfer smell.


Burning potassium nitrate and sugar together has a nice smell as well, because it essentially very rapidly converts the sugar to caramel (and then burns it).




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[*] posted on 6-11-2014 at 13:36


Quote: Originally posted by No Tears Only Dreams Now  
Quote: Originally posted by gardul  

I also like the smell burnt gunpowder...Smokeless . Black powder has a very sulfer smell.


Burning potassium nitrate and sugar together has a nice smell as well, because it essentially very rapidly converts the sugar to caramel (and then burns it).


I actually did that to show my wife how sugar can be used as a fuel. I didn't do it in large scale so I didn't notice a caramel smell. I might have to try it again.




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[*] posted on 6-11-2014 at 20:23


Quote: Originally posted by gardul  

I also like the smell burnt gunpowder...Smokeless . Black powder has a very sulfer smell.


Soviet surplus ammo has a gross sulfur smell and is corrosive. I wonder what its made of?




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[*] posted on 6-11-2014 at 20:34


Quote: Originally posted by mr.crow  
Quote: Originally posted by gardul  

I also like the smell burnt gunpowder...Smokeless . Black powder has a very sulfer smell.


Soviet surplus ammo has a gross sulfur smell and is corrosive. I wonder what its made of?


It's not the powder that is actually corrosive. It the salts in the primer. I can't remember off hand what it is.




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[*] posted on 7-11-2014 at 17:40


Hydrogen sulfide, chlorine, bromine, toluene, propane, acetone, and vanillin are some of the best that I have smelled.

Iron salts, ammonia, and acetic acid are the worst.




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[*] posted on 7-11-2014 at 19:21


A very strange sense of smell, i have been told, is that pyridine and DMSO smells like faintly sour berrries to me, while others chocke on the vapours. I actually have no problem putting my nose down on most amines, besides the most caustic/volatile ones as they do put me off.
The most memorable smell i've ever smelled is an ester which smelled raspberries at low, and pears at high conc. or vica-versa.
I have posted a ester lab sheet somewhere here with descriptions of about 40+ esters in their smells if anyone is interested but is to lazy right now to look for it myself to name the ester.

Sulfuorus and nitrous fumes I'm especially fond of, in addition to the smell of combusted two-stroke oil:)




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[*] posted on 14-11-2014 at 19:13


One of my favorite smells is Chlorobutanol. For some reason it reminds me of antiques or something old. I don't know why, must be something I relate that small to from my past that I enjoyed.

Chloroform is another chemical smell that I love. I sometimes smell it a little too much and get slightly drowsy, but that does not seem to stop me, its the thought of it being possibly cancer causing. Too bad because it smells so good.

I also love the smell of skunk, any one know what chemicals contribute to that scent?

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[*] posted on 14-11-2014 at 19:20


Quote: Originally posted by TGT  
I also love the smell of skunk, any one know what chemicals contribute to that scent?

Thiols and derivatives.
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[*] posted on 14-11-2014 at 20:03


Quote: Originally posted by Etaoin Shrdlu  
Quote: Originally posted by TGT  
I also love the smell of skunk, any one know what chemicals contribute to that scent?

Thiols and derivatives.


And I though I had some odd ones.




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