Since my father passed away both my mother and myself have smelled bacon from time to time. We have experienced this in both our home (without cooking bacon) and outside in outdoor atmospheres. Also I have experience this with my son in unison along a hiking trail, and always we experience this with others where the smell is inexplicable. My dad used to love bacon and would often cook fried bread in bacon for years after “The War.” When we smell this we smile and know he is around. Sounds like “Crazy Town,” but we kinda think it’s real.
— Vicky, Canada
One day I was at my barn cleaning up my horse corral. I don’t live on this property, just rent a small barn for my horse, I live about 8 miles away. I’ve rented this barn for 5 years and have never once smelled anything like this… When suddenly I smelled the beautiful smell of roses so strong in my face I looked around and nothing was around me that could cause this. Another day this happened but inside, the barn dog started going crazy and would not come in the tack room where he normally likes to hang out.
A few weeks later I awoke to the same smell and at this point I have to say I got a little scared. It’s almost as if someone followed me home from the barn.
— Christina, California
Something funny is going on in my apartment. We moved in around February 2016. Being in our new home I never experienced anything like this. My girlfriend is expecting next month. But for some odd reason last month I was in my living room and it smelled like baby powder then it goes away. Last night I was sitting there again with my girlfriend and it was strong at one point, but then every time I said I smelled something it kept coming and going. So I laid a different way, and I went to my bedroom and the smell follows me. Then I’m the only one who can smell the scent of baby powder. And crazy I’m sitting here now and I’m in the bathroom smelling it again. What does this mean?
— Serious in Michigan
Hello, I start having odd experiences when I was a kid about 6 or so…
- always feel this comforting warmth when I was sad and i could smell this sweet and familiar scent
- every time a family member goes home to heaven I have a kind of premonition something odd happens
- receive phone calls no one on the other end
- feel so calm can not explained see feel and smell thing out of the ordinary also had a hologram type of vision when my Mother pass
- last night while I was playing in my tablet about 11:20 or so I could smell this strong cologne scent for a few seconds
I just like to know if anyone had anything like this happen in their lives!
— Bertha, New Mexico
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I recently moved in to a duplex house with two bedrooms. The house is kind of vintage and is located at the end of the street. For months, I was the only person living in the property. In several occasions I sensed a strong smell of men’s perfume or cologne. It would last 5-10 seconds and then disappear.
At first I thought that maybe there was some residual smell in the a/c ducts but it happened again and again and you could tell the smell was of freshly sprayed perfume.
After a few months I let a friend move in to share the expenses of the house. A single man moved in next door, also.
Last night, while my neighbor was sleeping (I can hear him snoring through the wall that separates his bedroom from mine) and my roommate was studying with a female friend in the dining room while I was watching TV in my room, I sensed the strong smell of perfume once again. I ignored it. A few minutes later, it happened again. I asked my roommate if he had sprayed perfume or if they had sensed it as well but the answer was no.
I haven’t had any other experience in this house but sometimes I can feel I am not alone. Whoever it is, I am sure he means no harm but he surely wants me to know he is around.
— Ana Maria, Arkansas
“I smell flowers …”
(February 15) as I walk in for work at 6:45am I smell flowers or potpourri all day at work. I thought maybe my part-time cleaned or something, so I went home and lay down on the bed for a nap before softball practice with my daughters and I told my husband I smell flowers again. I didn’t know until I posted (about smelling things) on Facebook, when a friend said it’s my dad around me.
My dad passed away Nov. 30. My grandma passed away Jan. 28
Crazy cause after church Sunday on Valentine’s Day we are going to eat with my husband and he changes the radio station and my favorite song Luther Vandross “Dance With My Father” came on and I just started to cry so my husband says, “Do you want me to change the station?” I told him no!!
— Nicole, Texas
Thanks for your story, Nicole. Here at DreamWatch, true paranormal experiences, we’ve received many stories similar to yours. From the Sidebar Menu, Select Category: Phantom smells, sounds, lights.
Old dog pet ghost.
Old dog pet ghost breathing: This is a true event that happened in 1988.
My parents old dog and I were born around the same time in 1977. This dog and I were very close. In 1988 the dog became sick and had a raspy breathing sound for three days before it died on the family room floor with us by its side.
“I could hear that raspy breathing.”
A few days after its death we were all in the family room and I could hear that raspy breathing sound for probably a minute. It was clear as day. I remember it like yesterday and remember thinking “This proves spirits are real.”
The weird thing is, my mom and sister were in the room too and they couldn’t hear it. After that I never heard from that dog again. It must have been a goodbye.
I’ve never experienced any direct paranormal event with a deceased person, just my old dog.
— Ray, Michigan
Phantom scents in Thailand:
I have been trying to read about phantom scents on the internet relating to what has happened to me twice so far this week and came across your site. I believe in the paranormal, spirits or whatever you choose to call it. Being half Asian and living in Thailand most of my life, it is a way of life here for a lot of people. Plus, I have had a few experiences of such things myself.
Cooked food, citronella and flowers
The first time it happened, I woke up at around 3 or 4am and smelled cooked food hovering in my bedroom. I bolted up from bed thinking I had maybe warmed up some food in the kitchen and had forgotten to switch it off. I ran out to check this but nothing … I was groggy but I remember the smell lingering at the tip of my nose like the stir-fry holy basil I had made the day before. When I went back into my bedroom, the smell had gone. So I came out into the kitchen to make sure and to try and detect the smell again. Nothing. I went back to bed feeling baffled.
I was pretty spooked
Around 3 or 4am (the second time) I woke up to a strong scent of something which reminded me of citronella aromatherapy oil. The smell was really distinctive, … it was there for a few more seconds and just disappeared. Nothing. I was pretty spooked by it all and had to calm myself down some time before I could get back to bed again.
The Thais believe that if you smell flowers it mean the angels are near you, incense means a deity, and If you smell anything rotting or bad, it is from wandering spirits wanting you to make merits for them. But explain food and aroma oil smells …
— Pim, Thailand
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Female voice in haunted house
I woke up at 6AM or so to work on a project. There’s a church up the street that rings a single bell on the half hour mark (1:30, 2:30 etc). At 8:30AM the half hour bell rang, and in response I heard a very loud “Who is it?” coming from my downstairs hallway in a female voice.
I thought someone was in the house.
I freaked out because I thought someone was in the house. I went downstairs to check and there was no one there, nor did I hear any doors open or shut. I’ve never experienced anything like this.
I live in a house known to be haunted, supposedly verified by investigators. This was the first day in over 6 months I was alone in the house. I never believed in paranormal activity until today. I was a complete skeptic. There’s no other explanation for what happened.
— Neil, Maryland