Our most comforting outdoorsy smell

The scent of freshly mowed British lawn—then later sweetly putrefying silage—is our most comforting outdoorsy smell. It cannot be satisfactorily replicated anywhere else in the world. Bonus points, anyone, if you can proffer a believable theory as to why this might be.

— From 10 British Smells You’ll Miss When You Leave the U.K. at BBC America's Mind The Gap blog, where they point out that "Freshly mowed grass in the U.S. smells ace but it’s just not the same as in the U.K." 

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  1. D.D. says:

    ….and EXTRA bonus points if you can name a fragrance or two with “Freshly Mowed *UK* Grass” as a note : )

  2. TheSnailsPajamas says:

    Isn’t that funny. As an expat I can actually say mown grass in the UK doesn’t smell nearly as sharp as it did back home in the Midwest. Back home it literally smelled the way Gap Grass (original version) did – ultra sharp. Here it is definitely milder, almost sweeter. My other grumble is we don’t get proper thunderstorms with that lovely before and after storm smell the way we did back home in the summer. I don’t think I’ve ever had that smell here.

    • Robin says:

      Maybe that is what they find less ace — that it’s not sweet enough in the US.

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