Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

In Sympathy With Candle Sniffers

When I was a kid, like eleven, I used to get those tubes of lip balm that smelled so strongly of lime or strawberry or pina colada and keep them in my desk in my room and basically huff them when I was supposed to be doing my homework. God, they smelled so good!

The higher-end ones even managed to inject a bit of actual, tastable flavor into whatever was their chemical composition. I ate far more of them than I ever should have. It makes me feel a little queazy to remember it now, gnawing away at a stick of what was basically lime or strawberry or suntan lotion-scented wax. That's just what it tasted like, and just what it felt like in my stomach, too, after a long night of not learning how to divide. Still, the next night, I'd be back at it, twisting off the little plastic cap, inhaling deeply for a few minutes and then tucking in—somehow believing that this time the taste might live up to the bouquet. It never did. They were only made to please one sense. Lip balm is not food.

So my heart goes out to these kids who make YouTube "haul" videos of themselves reviewing the delicious-smelling products they buy at places like Yankee Candle and Body Works. Because I know they eat them when the camera's off.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

I used to do this, only with Testor's model paint. Plus I didn't have a camera to record it. Not that I would have been able to operate it.

Jim Demintia (#1,815)

I really loved the smell of the "plum-scented" Christmas candle my family put out every year. I did not, however, eat any of it.

Zack (#2,609)

This exists! I'm so … fascinated. I should be watching Egypt coverage, but. I. Can't. Turn. Away!

garge (#736)

A coworker gave me a miniature Yankee candle with a snugly fitting lid that he received when he recently gave blood ("because girls love Yankee candles", a;dfkj;adsklfj), and I keep it on my desk, next to my tape dispenser for two purposes: firstly as my smelling salts, for I am wont to swoon, and secondly to freak out a higher up who is irrationally paranoid of workplace fires due to negligence.

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." – Howard Thurman

I state in all seriousness: this young man really gets it.

LondonLee (#922)

I used to sniff my mum's nail polish.

metoometoo (#230)

When I was in middle school there was an epidemic of Victoria's Secret liquid lip gloss addiction. Girls would pop out the little plastic ball and just straight up drink the liquid during class. (I never went that far, but I did enjoy licking my lips.)

Then the lip gloss was suddenly discontinued, supposedly because it turned out to have an ingredient that actually was addictive?

this is why we should "eat the rich"

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