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Barosmia: Sexual Arousal from Certain Smells

Barosmia is a lesser-known kink that involves sexual arousal from certain smells. These smells can be unique to the individual, but can include artificial scents, floral or perfumed fragrances, or even the natural scent of another person.

What is Barosmia?

Barosmia is a type of olfactophilia, which is a sexual fetish that involves smells or odors. It is also known as osmolagnia or olfactophilia. People with barosmia experience sexual arousal or pleasure from certain smells that are not typically considered sexual in nature.

What Causes Barosmia?

Barosmia can be caused by a variety of factors, including childhood experiences, cultural influences, and personal preferences. Some people may have developed this kink as a result of positive associations with certain smells, while others may have a natural attraction to certain fragrances.

Types of Smells that can Trigger Barosmia

Barosmia can be triggered by a wide range of smells, depending on the individual. Some common types of smells that can trigger barosmia include:

  • Artificial smells, such as gasoline, paint, or cleaning products
  • Floral or perfumed scents, such as lavender, rose, or jasmine
  • Natural body odors, such as sweat or pheromones
  • Food smells, such as vanilla, cinnamon, or chocolate
  • Animal smells, such as leather or musk

Exploring Barosmia in a Safe and Consensual Way

As with any kink or fetish, it is important to explore barosmia in a safe and consensual way. This may involve communicating with a partner about your desires and boundaries, experimenting with different smells, and establishing a safe word or signal to indicate when something is uncomfortable or unwanted.

It is also important to be aware of any potential health risks associated with certain smells, such as exposure to toxic chemicals or allergens. If you have any concerns about the safety of a particular smell, it is best to avoid it or seek advice from a medical professional.


Barosmia is a unique and lesser-known kink that involves sexual arousal from certain smells. While it may not be as widely recognized as other fetishes, it can be a source of pleasure and excitement for those who experience it. As with any kink, it is important to explore barosmia in a safe, consensual, and responsible way.

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