Donnerstag, 5. Februar 2015

Smells and colors

As I wrote last friday about colors ... asked me a visitor, how smell for me orange and red.
A difficult, but good question! Yes, the colors smell, but difficult to find words.
Conversely, I've often when smelling a particular scent, an association of color.
Now I tried to write down these perceptions.
Have confined myself to the main colors. Of course: red has many shades from vermilion to magenta... green ranging from lime green to olive and dark fir. And so on.
Many fragrances are also several color association.
I will limit myself to a few smells with only one (main) color.


Peonies, lily of the valey, jasmine, lilac and other sweet flowers
lychee, kokos(water)


Tulips, freesias, any kinds of roses, autumn asters
vanilla, apples, cubeba-oil


Apricots, almonds, cinnamon, sandalwood, Peru balm, burning candles


Fruitjam, strawberries, any summerdays
iron, forge, with the soldering iron make glowing silver,
odor in the circus tent, EdP "Fleur de Corail" by Lolita Lempicka


Freshly mown grass, lettuce, raw sprouts, basil, geraniums
candied lemon peel, cut stem of hippeastrum, petitgrain-oil


Cold winter air over snow fields, fishes,
EDT "Kazmir mist" by Donna Karan


Blue is difficult and in fact there is hardly to find any scent that I associate with blue.
30 years ago there was even a perfume, which I was wearing only blue clothes, because it smelled "blue" for me. But I forgot the name, it was any creation of Yves Rocher.

Blue is more of a sound than a fragrance.
And some voices. For example, this


Hyazinth, buddlea, lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang
EdT "Jette" by Jette Joop


Mango, cloves (dianthus)
EdT "Le Jardin d'amour" by Max Factor


Mushrooms, wet tree bark, alder forest, star anise, kakao (of course!)


Laundry,drying on the clothesline, sage, cedar wood, musk
the first summer rain on dusty roads since long time,
an empty ballet studio


Church incense, cloves for cooking, juniper wood, vetiver

I hope I haven't bored you with my little excursion into the world of the senses.
It is only just my personal perception and can be very different for each person.
Maybe it's exciting to watch yourself once more conscious of smell and color?


  1. A wonderful variety of photographs Mascha. I have never thought of associating colors and smells before. I will have to open up my senses more.

  2. Heisann Mascha... interesting. I am waiting for my students answers...
    I link to your post tomorrow!
    Could the scent of blue perfume be Nuit d´orchidee?

    1. I remind of "Nuit Orchidee", but it wasn't. It was for me to sweet, that I don't like in perfumes.

    2. I fount it on a picture: it was "Diamella"
      It's been so long (probably I would feel differently today)


    I once wore that perfume - and still have the bottle in the glass cabinet.

  4. Ok, I was wrong, "Diamella" I don´t know...

  5. Oh that image of the blue bottles is so captivating. Yes, blue to me sound like the ocean breeze and smells like salty air.

  6. Very colorful and creative photography! Love them all!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  7. I love the personalization of colors. I love how you grouped them- each group a piece of eye candy to savor.

  8. Love the blue glass. I have a collection of it too.

  9. This is really neat! I loved your descriptions and found myself agreeing with you. The ballet studio and grey really rung a bell with me. That's a big yes! I can smell the leathery smell of the shoes and the cool of the room.

  10. the yellow and orange dining set is stunning :)

  11. Farben und Gerueche ... eine interessante Kombination. Ganz besonders wenn Fruechte und Blumen mit im Spiel sind. Danke fuer die vielen wunderbaren Photos.

  12. Mascha, this is really a fantastic all your photos and the colour/smell thoughts are a wonderful idea. Thanks for infecting my nose and sharing your photos with OBW

  13. Beautiful shots indeed. I love the flowers of peach, dianthus and crocus.

  14. What a beautiful rainbow of images you've offered Mascha! Thanks as always for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

  15. schöne Bilder Mascha, eine große Auswahl and Schuhen und Farben, toll das du wieder bei "OBW" mit gemacht hast!

  16. Beautiful array of colours and pictures :)

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Modays

  17. Beautiful presentation I like the variety!

  18. Hari OM
    This is an incredible, wonderful, heart-filled post Mascha - the music is gorgeous.... Thank you for sharing... YAM xx

  19. What a lovely and colorful post! The flowers are beautiful. Well done, have a happy week!

  20. I absolutely adore seeing your photos ... these are really terrific!! Thanks so much for sharing at OBW!

  21. This was so unique and beautiful! I especially loved the photo of all the shoes :) Lovely colors and lovely inspiration. Hugs to you!

  22. Wonderfull colors; Greeting from Belgium ,have a happy weekend Valentine 's Day.

  23. You were featured at Roses of Inspiration today, sweet friend! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Hugs!

  24. Oh how I enjoyed your photos and colors. As a child I had a royal blue bottle of "Evening in Paris" and found a small bottle at a thrift store. But then lost it in the house fire two years ago.. So my search has been back on!