Posts Tagged "petrichor"

My favorite smell

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

200px-Geosmin_Structural_FormulaeI was just browsing Reddit, and saw a discussion about people’s favorite smells.  Unfortunately, it looks like my favorite smell is also the overwhelming winner on Reddit.  I don’t know if I should be happy, or if I should be sad that my favorite smell seems to be a lot less original than I thought.

My favorite smell is the smell of dust kicked off the ground by the rain in the spring. Apparently Petrichor – the “Smell of Rain” is caused by Geosmin, the organic chemical compound that causes the smell.  Hooray, the collective intelligence of the Internet saves the day again!