Some of our readers’ favourite smells

Some of our readers’ favourite smells

This week, we asked our readers: what's your favourite smell in the whole world? Here are our favourite answers

A page-turner

Books. Call me crazy, but to me, books have a nice fragrance. Sometimes they smell like vanilla, sometimes like a bouquet of flowers. It’s the best: opening a classic book, while enjoying the aroma drifting out of the pages …

Arella Ng, 11, Christian Alliance P. C. Lau Memorial International School

Heavenly whiff

I am a diehard chocolate fan. So no prizes for guessing my favourite smell. It’s chocolate! Dark, white, milk, hot cocoa ... I love anything that is made from chocolate because it smells so good!

Tom Chan, 16, Munsang College

Now you’re cooking!

I think the smell of cooking is best. For example, when you are boiling noodles or making desserts, the smell is so yummy. So you can imagine the taste!

Eunice Yung Po Yiu, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

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Right as rain

Petrichor, the earthy smell after it rains. I came across an old photo which I took with my friends at a camp. It reminded me of this smell – we had woken up after a rainy night, and as soon as I stepped out of the tent, there was a wonderfully fresh, sweet fragrance. It was really refreshing.

Marcus Leung, 16, Carmel Secondary School

Nose for news

Young Post! I can’t wait to get my copy every week!

Helen Li, 12, King Ling College

Cash is king

Nothing beats the aroma of cold, hard cash. The scent of paper money just excites me! Studies have even shown that the smell of cash increases one’s incentive to work.

Emily Chiu, 16, Leung Shek Chee College

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Oven fresh

Do you like roast chicken? I certainly do! Crispy, juicy, chewy ... I love chicken so much. But what makes me love it even more is the smell. As the chicken comes out of the oven, the smell instantly fills your nostrils. Who can resist eating it? I know I can’t.

Jolynn Ooi, 11, South Island School

Gum, gum ...

The smell of gummy bears. The sweet scent reminds me of my childhood. When I was upset, my mum would always give me some gummy bears to bring my smile back. Now that I’ve grown up, I don’t fancy candy as much as before, but I still love my childhood, and the smell of gummy bears reminds me of that.

Jacqueline Wong Cheuk–lam, 15, Methodist College

A breath of fresh air

I love the smell of laundry. My mother uses lavender-scented washing power. Later, when I help her fold the clothes, the strong scent of lavender washes over me, leaving me feeling clean and fresh. When I’m older, I’ll always remember those times when I told my mum all my thoughts and ideas.

Ashley Chong, 16, Leung Shek Chee College

Romance is in the air

The natural scent of flowers inspires me. Sometimes flowers even help bring back past memories, some sad, some happy. What could possibly be more romantic and poetic?

Leslie Wu Chin–yeung, 17, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

For next week’s Top 10, tell us: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? Send us your answer, along with your name, age and school, to, and our favourite answers will appear in next week’s Top 10 page!


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Aimen Sadeedi


I love the smell of lavender. It is a very sweet smell, similar to roses, yet a little different. The sent of lavender helps to calm my nerves, it also reminds of my primary school life as I have just graduated from there. It is also the sent that reminds of Gods doings(yeah, I practice a religion. Islam) and all those gorgeous things that he has created for us selfish humans. Hence, I appreciate the smell of lavender.