My Favourite Smell – Aisling Keenan

My Favourite Smell – Aisling, U Beauty Editor, shares her all-time favourite scent.


Smell in such a powerful thing… smell has the amazing ability to hit the ‘old’ part of your brain and stir up huge emotion and memory. In this series, I asked people their favourite smell and got some passionate responses…


The question: What is your favourite smell, other than perfume, and why?


Waking up in the morning to the smell of a full Irish breakfast being cooked for you in the kitchen downstairs is one of the most amazing things you could ever hope to have happen to you. The smell reminds me of the weekend, being with my family, delicious food and just a general feeling of relaxation and contentment.  Most people pick ‘foody smells’ when asked to pick their fave scent memories. Your tongue is only responsible for a tiny amount of the ‘tasting’ you do – sweet, sour, salty, savoury (umami) and bitter – so the rest of everything that you ‘taste’ is actually what you smell. That’s why when you have a cold, you can’t taste your food. 


Tell us what you think? What’s your favourite smell? Let us know in the comments below.