My four favorite water-related aromas.
Rain, or After-Rain Air
Rain and the air post-rain hasn’t got much of a smell. The rain leaves cool, clean, fresh and slightly moist air, and it’s a very soothing and therapeutic scent (to me, at least).
I probably like the scent of swimming pools because I like being in the pool. Just smelling it makes me feel relaxed, as if I’m in the water. I hope I have valid sources to verify if my next statement is a fact: chloramines are formed from the reaction of the chlorine added to the pool and excrements from our bodies such as sweat and urine. It’s an unpleasant thought considering how it evokes pleasant memories. Beware if the smell is strong because it means high levels of chloramines, which can cause irritation to skin and eyes.
Seawater / Beach Air
The salty seawater aroma is pleasing whether the day is warm or cool. I suppose, like the swimming pool, the brine scent is produced by bacteria or other things in the sea because salted water has no odor.
Of all melons, only the watermelon can make me want to stop to indulge in its scent. The parts toward the rind tend to smell like cucumber and I’m not in any way repulsed by it. The flesh has a sweet, refreshing aroma. A really interesting thing I realized is that the sweetest part of the flesh is somewhat floral and smells very much like rose otto, or gives an olfactory sensation similar to rose otto or geranium (I hope that makes sense). It makes me happy just thinking about this succulent divineness.