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The smell of Christmas

So it turns out that, while less expensive, fake Christmas trees you inherit from your mom do not exude that pine-fresh scent.


So I got obssessed with went on a mission to find it.

I tried scented candles. They aren't particularly pungent, it turns out. At least not in a large room with twenty-foot ceilings.

I tried incense. OK, first off, I had to go to a number of stores before I even found one that sold pine (or any evergreen) -scented incense. And this is Christmas time! And *then* I had to buy a bunch of other scents as part of a "multi-pack", and being rather scent-sitive, I don't burn much incense. Lastly, while pungent, it turns out most incense, no matter what the aroma it says it is, just kind of smells like incense.

I tried air fresheners. See above re: nobody sells pine or evergreen-scented air fresheners. Some of the aromas I did see, though, would be worse than the scents one was covering up. Trly.

I tried those reed-thingies that poke out of jars of scented oils. Those things are damned expensive. And they usually give you no way of knowing the scent in advance of buying it. Not the best marketing strategy in the universe. I bought one for more than I care to say, and it did NOT smell like "fir". It ended up in the guest bathroom, battling cat turds. Finally, I broke down and bought another which claimed to be "pine/cedar," and hoped for the best.

Victory!!! Tree-like *and* pungent.

Life in these modern times remains existentially absurd, as usual.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 14th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Do all guest bathrooms here smell like cat poo? My sister's cat spent no more than a few days here years ago, but the aroma of her litter box lingered for ages.
Dec. 14th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
I expect the memory of my kitties to last for quite a long time after they are gone, alas.
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Wait...are *both* your kitties gone now?

And did the money you spent on trying to find a pine fresh substitute still come out to be less than what you have had to spend on a real tree? I'm curious.
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
No, I still have my black kitty, curled up at my feet.

Since I have no earthly idea how much fresh trees cost, I don't know if my quest cost less, more, or the same. What I do know is I will still have the free fake tree next year, and will be able to buy the smell quickly and easily then, having done the research this year, and, ho ho ho, if I want to see pine trees, I can walk outside.
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
I have this thing about feeling that live trees are superior to fake plastic ones. Because my mom always insisted on the fake plastic one because she was worried about "fire hazards". Since I loathe my mother and think all her stupid fears were stupid and like the smell of real trees, I have a bias towards real trees.

I suppose I have issues.
Dec. 15th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
I would love a real tree, and would prefer one. However, Christmas is expensive enough this year.
Dec. 15th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
One way to solve the pine scent issue is to get real pine wreaths and center table decoration thingies. They're made of real pine and smell of it, but are small, and don't require an army to help drag them up three flights of stairs.
Dec. 15th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
The smaller they are, the less they smell up my gargantuan great room. Those high ceilings are really starting to annoy me!

; )
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