I was reflecting the other day on what things speak to me of my masculinity and that got me thinking about scents that I identify with my own masculinity. When I smell these things I feel like they are part of who I am. They make me feel whole. They belong to my being. And they make me feel distinctly masculine.
- My father’s tool box after it’s been closed for a while
- Old Spice after shave
- The way my shed smells of a combination of gasoline, motor oil, exhaust from my mower, wood, grass clippings and sweat
- Fresh cut grass
- Beer and bourbon
- old hardware stores
- old bars that still reek of cigarettes and booze
- meat cooking on a bbq
- mud, dirt and dust
- fresh cut lumber
What scents make you feel more masculine or feminine?
Note: I’m not saying that any of these scents ARE masculine. Just that they make me FEEL masculine. I don’t think a smell has a gender. I also love the smell of roses and lilacs, honey, tea, and the ocean, but they don’t really make me feel masculine.