A Knowing Nose
"The generic smell of a coffeehouse," she replies. "I can smell cake. I can smell something sweet, like the crumbs on a coffee cake. I can smell coffee. I can smell someone who is wearing body lotion, what we might call floral-aldehydic. I can actually tell that there's open brick in here by the way the whole room smells."
Krell Kydd says smell is just as important to her as sight; she can recognize neighborhoods or friends' homes merely by their scent. She shares her expertise--honed through years of work in the fragrance industry--via her blog, GlassPetalSmoke.blogspot.com, and at workshops she holds around town. A self-described "walking smellopedia," she feels that smell is unfairly considered "the bastard stepchild of the senses.
"Vision comes first in our culture," she says. "But if we couldn't enjoy the smell of food and eat, we'd die. And if we couldn't enjoy intimate smells, like the back of someone's neck or perfume, we wouldn't have families. So olfaction is pretty important--and I hang my hat on that!"