12:45 15 August 2011
Fried bacon or petrol? Freshly mown grass or baked bread? What smells evoke the most nostalgic recollections for you in your life?
A recent survey commissioned by Air Wick looked at the nation's favourite scents and found that freshly baked bread was the most popular, with one in five selecting this homely aroma as their favourite.
Clean sheets and freshly mown grass came second and third respectively in the survey, which also discovered that unsurprisingly vomit, body odour and public toilets were the three smells we dislike the most.
Brit's say the smell of an open fire reminds them most of autumn or winter, while freshly cut grass is most reflective of spring or summer.
Scents like lavender and other more traditional fragrances have long been household favourites, but more recently scents with a modern oriental twist have proved popular.
In this video, members of the British public cited everything from leather, old library books and chocolate as some of their favourite smells.
So can the Essence of Britain be captured within a bottle? With 90 per cent of Brits agreeing that scent has the ability to affect our mood, can we find out our nation's top smell?
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