Our six favourite smells of summer

Our six favourite smells of summer

As life blooms around us, so too do some of our favourite summer smells. We think you can guess what’s on our number one spot, but what about the rest?

As life blooms around us, so too do some of our favourite summer smells. We think you can guess what’s on our number one spot, but what about the rest?

Our senses come alive in the summer – from the feeling of the sun on our skin and the grass between our toes to the sight of blooming flowers and blue skies.

But it’s a fact that smells in particular are stronger in warm weather. This is due to the higher levels of moisture in the air, so smells are carried further.

This goes some way to explain, then, why the six smells listed below immediately evoke a warm summer’s day for many of us.

What’s your favourite?

1. Freshly cut grass

What else could be at the top spot? As soon as you hear that mower kicking into gear, you know what’s coming: the delicious, fresh scent of cut grass.

Often finding itself in the top three spot of the nation’s favourite smells (along with freshly baked bread and cooking bacon), the aroma is actually released by a rush of chemicals that the grass emits to heal itself and prevent any bacterial infections after being cut.

That’s quite dark when you think about it, so we won’t. Just close your eyes and breathe in that lovely summer’s day smell…

2. Suntan lotion

The smell of suntan lotion transports us to a sun-drenched beach quicker than a Boeing 747 ever could.

You should protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays everyday anyway, no matter what the weather. So to inspire the habit of applying it every morning, why not take a moment to close your eyes and let the smell take you to somewhere a little more exotic than your bathroom?

3. The sea

Unless you’re lucky enough to live by the coast, the fresh, salty smell of the sea is something most of us only get to experience on the odd occasion it’s warm enough to spend the day at the beach.

We all desperately bundle into a car with towels, hats and buckets and spades in the hope that the sunshine holds out at least for the day, and then end up spending most of the sunshine hours in a traffic jam as everyone else has the same idea.

But when we do make it, little beats that refreshing smell of the sea – well, apart from the taste of a 99 ice cream, complete with Flake!

4. Fresh air

With the warm weather comes a lot more adventuring in the great outdoors. From a summer meadow to a rocky hill-top, you’ll have moments when you can really breathe in and fill your lungs with that wonderfully refreshing pure, clean air.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to climb a mountain every time to enjoy it – simply spray the new Febreze Air Heavy Duty around your home. It has 2x the power to eliminate bad odours and will leave a fresh, lingering scent of Crisp Clean Air. Lush.

5. A sizzling barbecue

Something else us Brits insist on doing as soon as there’s a single ray of sun is wiping down that barbecue. Sure enough, the smell of sizzling burgers, chicken legs and corn on the cob is enough to get our summer-buds salivating.

Why not invite family and friends round to enjoy the long summer evenings? For tips on how to host a brilliant barbecue click here, and to make sure you’re grilling like a pro, check out our Home & Garden Editor’s top picks when it comes to what gear to use.

6. Clean sheets billowing in the breeze

One of the great things about a sunny day is that you’re able to hang the washing outside. Wash your whites with a capful of Ariel Washing Liquid, which has top stain-fighting power, and when you hang them outside to dry the gentle summer breeze will carry the fresh, clean smell right to your nose.

And, as an added bonus, white sheets and clothes benefit from drying outside as the sun helps bleach the material, keeping your whites bright.

Cheat’s tip: to keep your sheets smelling sweet a few days after washing, spritz them with Febreze Cotton Fresh Fabric Refresher to revive that fresh summer scent.

What’s your favourite summer smell? Why not share it in the comments section below?

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