Late August Ramble | Fragrance Posse

Chile-roasting in motion.

Hey, everybody – brief meander right now. It’s nearly the tip of August, such a transitional time of 12 months — again to high school, late summer time trip, and many others. In D.C. it was sultry and/however the metropolis empties out in August, so simply staying put could possibly be good and quiet. We’re heading into Labor Day weekend after which Fiestas the next weekend, so there are a great deal of folks on the town proper now, bringing a variety of wild vitality (possibly all that tequila?) I’m hoping the oldsters alongside the gulf coast/southeast U.S. don’t get whacked too laborious by the approaching hurricane.

As of earlier this 12 months, New Mexico is the first state with an Official State Aroma – the scent of roasting chiles. (The backstory is kind of sweet, a bunch of schoolkids studying how laws works by proposing it.) Anyway, the chile roasters are simply getting arrange in parking tons and the farmers market with early harvest. It actually is a superb scent, however I’d argue there are extra ubiquitous aromas they might have chosen. Marijuana for one, though I assume that’s true in a variety of locations now. The resin-y pungency of sage/evergreen is a continuing within the background, that’s an important scent, particularly after a rain. Or they might have chosen the scent of pinon burning, it’s well-liked to burn in fireplaces and on some summer time mornings it’s cool sufficient right here that folks have fires and I can scent it round my neighborhood in all its incense-like glory.

A basket pre-roast.

Most of us are aware of all of the “scent of X metropolis” candles – like espresso in Seattle, and many others. I believe they’re a enjoyable thought however usually don’t do a lot to conjure a spot for me. What would a New York candle scent like? There could possibly be a summer time model that captures its particular fetid scent, asphalt and rubbish and exhaust. I discover it actually evocative, however okay I in all probability wouldn’t purchase it. Summer time within the D.C. suburbs the place I grew up could be reduce grass, bug spray, sunscreen and chlorine, possibly a touch of swampy undertone. The corresponding ambient soundtrack could be cicadas and lawnmowers.

If the place you reside (or the place you trip, or one other spot) had been a room spray or a candle, what would it not scent like? Any particular plans for the upcoming vacation when you stay within the U.S.?