The Sweet Smell of Success


Scentless flowers and smelly jeans; what is the world coming to?

Today, I rushed into a local flower shop to purchase a bouquet of roses as a thank you for a sweet woman who went above and beyond to help my daughter with a school project.

I was in a hurry, so I grabbed the first dozen roses I saw in the display case. When I got to the check-out counter, the florist was busy creating massive bouquets featuring three to five dozen of the most gorgeous roses in a variety of colors, including pale pink, lavender and a stunning orange sherbet shade. I commented on how beautiful the arrangements looked and asked if I could smell some of the more uniquely hued blossoms.

The florist’s reply: “Honey, roses are not made to smell anymore. Too many people with allergies.”

Roses don’t have a fragrance anymore?

What’s the point of having flowers around?

Just in time for Valentine’s Day… scentless flowers.


How can you stop to smell the roses when scientists are trying (and seemingly succeeding) to create hypoallergenic versions?

In sharing my shock about the scentless flowers with a friend, I was gently reminded that in a few years I would be thanking my lucky stars if I suddenly contracted anosmia.

According to my pal, living with a bunch of messy teenagers can really do a number on your senses.

Heck, multiple kids of any age can yield some nasty odors.

Children’s stank may be repulsive to parents, but for a clothing company in Montreal, it is the sweet smell of success.

Introducing the newest entry into the world of customized denim: Scratch-and-sniff jeans.

Dealing with your teen’s stinky, crusty jeans is no picnic, unless you have Naked and Famous Denim’s newest weapon in the fight against kids who refuse to do laundry.

The company recently launched a line of scratch-and-sniff, raspberry-scented jeans. According to Naked and Denim’s website, the revolutionary Japanese denim pants are coated with scented micro capsules. When they’re scratched, raspberry fragrance is released. And since the scented micro capsules are baked into the jeans, there are no worries about the scent fading. The company maintains that you can wash the jeans more than five times and they’ll still smell like a field of fresh fruit.

I guess it beats having your lazy teen’s jeans smell like a bottle of Febreze.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.