Our favourite smells: Cut grass, aftershave, a freshly cleaned house, baking and a Sunday roast

Our favourite smells: Cut grass, aftershave, a freshly cleaned house, baking and a Sunday roastNostalgic scents from childhood make us happiest

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08:47 GMT, 11 June 2012

It is smells that remind us of home that bring us the most happiness, conjuring up treasured memories to make us feel utterly content.

Nostalgic scents of freshly washed sheets, cut grass and home baking are Britain's favourite fragrances, a survey has revealed.

Comfortable, domestic smells of cooking or our mother's perfume can whisk us back to a forgotten childhood world in seconds.

Crazy for gravy: A traditional Sunday roast ranked highly on the list, with one in ten of us rating the aroma of crisping potatoes and a tender joint as our favourite smell (file picture)

Crazy for gravy: A traditional Sunday roast ranked highly on the list, with one in ten of us rating the aroma of crisping potatoes and a tender joint as our favourite smell (file picture)

Bacon was an unsurprising high-scorer, while more unexpected popular scents in the Vileda Cleaning Report included hairspray, leather, coal, petrol and chalk dust.

The traditional Sunday roast also
ranked highly on the list, with one in ten of us rating the smell of
crisping potatoes and a tender joint as our very favourite smell.

Participants named aftershave, beer and fresh paint as the smells that reminded them of their fathers, while perfume, Sunday roasts and freshly washed sheets triggered memories of mothers.

More than a third said the smell of the seaside, sun lotion, ice-cream or barbecues reminded them of lazy, sun-soaked days.

Young woman cutting grass

Woman sniffing towel

Have some scents: Homely smells of freshly cut grass and clean washing make us happiest

But it is in our own domain that smells play their most important part in our lives – with 82 per cent saying the smell of a clean home makes them happy.

BRITAIN'S TOP TEN FAVOURITE SMELLS

1. Cut grass
2. Aftershave
3. Freshly cleaned house
4. Baking
5. Sunday roast
6. Fresh flowers
7. Fresh linen
8. Hairspray
9. Bacon
10. Leather

Lindsey Taylor, from Vileda, which
commissioned the study, said: 'Comfort smells associated with the home,
such as Sunday roasts and fresh linen, make us happy and by keeping
your home clean and fresh you will make sure that they are not drowned
out by bad smells like kitchen bins and piles of washing up in the sink.

'We’ve
developed our first ever cleaning liquid scent for the Vileda 1, 2
Spray mop to help keep homes looking and smelling fresh and clean.'

The study also revealed the extent to
which modern life has influenced our memories, with today's scents
replacing some which have been consigned to history.

Among the
scents which associated with the older generation of grandmothers
were soap, lavender and musky perfumes.

Wood smoke, pipe smoke
and strong aftershaves brought back memories of grandfathers in times
gone by and do not appear in the list of favourite modern-day smells.