Wake up and smell the Amsterdam Coffee House.

Posted by Alexandra Watkins on February 4, 2009

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal talks about fragrance trends in consumer cleaning products. The scents of pine forests and lemon groves have been upped by “a wildly varied bouquet” including mandarin-lime detergent, lavender vanilla disinfectant and eucalyptus mint toilet bowl cleaners. Although we can’t find any mention of it online, the article says a new deodorizer which hit store shelves last month, promises a “Moroccan bazaar.”
Have you ever been to a bazaar in Morocco? I haven’t, but I have been to bazaars (also known as “souks” or “markets”) in Libya, Egypt, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and countless other countries, and I can assure you that the overwhelming scents of these bazaars, should simply not be bottled.
Here are some of the more memorable scents from my travels, and what I would name them:
Egyptian Camel Breath
Zanzibar Fish MarketVatican TouristFiery Ganges BreezeAmsterdam Coffee ShopIndian Milk MarketRustic Serengeti Jeep
Peruvian Llama SprayNew Zealand HostelMildewy Rain ForestDurban Bunny ChowSmokey Chinese Railcar
Okay, I can say it. But please don’t spray it.

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