Friday, 30 August 2013

The smell of chlorine

Entering the shower - even before sliding under the "hett hot" water - the bellowing steam releases the smell of chlorine from my scent soaked skin. I swam last night & although I showered straight afterwards, the stench of chlorine still lingers in the pores of my skin.

I don't mind the smell of chlorine and from what I can gather from reading about it online, lots of people actually seem to really like the smell of chlorine. Others not so much and so as the smell fills my nostrils I find myself pondering the question: is the smell of chlorine like Marmite: you either love it or you hate it? Ok so I don't necessarily love it. After all it's not necessarily a nice smell but I have to admit that years of swimming have meant that I do in fact quite like it, not least because when I smell it years and years of memories come flooding back to me.

So is Chlorine a Marmite smell? Like petrol or tar heavy dandruff shampoos?
Well I don't know - maybe I should do a none scientific survey to find out - but what I do know is that the more I think about it, the more I  hope that none of my family or close friends have a particularly strong feeling towards the smell of chlorine (negatively or positively) because I'm going to be smelling of it a lot over the next 12 months or so and I don't necessarily want the smell of chlorine prompting them to run away. Or heaven forbid, get a little too close for comfort. 

1 comment:

  1. A great image! I write a small science blog for kids. I hope you don't mind but I have used this image in an article i have written about the sense of taste.
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