Love Smells Like Chile Peppers

Chili Peppers

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What does love smell like to you? Share a photo of a scent you adore. Using descriptive language, share with us how this person/thing smells like to you. Paint a picture for us with your words!

Before I get to today’s topic, I’d like you to know that from here onward my posts will be scheduled as I will be taking time off to be a mommy. I’ve enlisted the help of my bloggy friends (cue Ringo Starr & The Beatles song) to write some guest posts for you lovelies. They’ll be contributing throughout this month of April. Please show them some love by reading their guest posts and also visiting their awesome blogs. Love these ladies! I’ll still be reading your comments from time to time, but my responses will be delayed. Not to worry, though. I have planned some quality content for you in my absence. I plan on returning at the end of April with lots of heart updates.

One more thing: I’ve added a private All You Need is Love Project Facebook group so all us lovers can chat more comfortably about the week’s topic. I thought this would be a nice, safe space to share our hearts. Join here!

Now onto today’s topic. What does love smell like to me? Instinctively, I thought of chili peppers. If there’s any smell ever that would represent my sense of love, it would be the intoxicating smell of any type of chili.

I chose this love topic because I read somewhere that our sense of smell is the strongest of all our senses. It can bring back memories from way, way back with just a whiff. Of course, smells can be ugly, too. I know this all too well with my preggo smelling superpowers. I’ve never really appreciated the intensity of my nose until now. Yet, there have been many times in life when I happen to smell something and….pouf….I’m taken back to another time and those memories are sweet.

I’m always tickled with how we all grow up thinking our households are “normal.” What I mean is as children we believe everyone does what we do as a routine. Of course all families eat cereal in the morning, right? Ha! False! A child’s perspective is so narrow and innocent. Yet, those early years make such a profound impression on us and shape who we will eventually grow up to be.

Our house was always filled with a constant aroma of fresh chiles. Whether it be chiles serranos, jalapeños, chipotles, poblanos, or chiles de arbol, the wonderful scent perfumed our house on a daily basis. I can recall many evenings doing homework in the dining room and knowing food would be served shortly because of the intoxicating, flavorful smell of chiles coming from the kitchen. The special rainbow blend of Mexican spices invaded every corner of our house and it smelled of love.

If you’ve ever cooked with fresh chiles, you’ll know that they are not easy to handle. They can cause your hands to crack and burn because they are strong and overpowering. My mama has weathered hands because of all the fresh chiles she’s handled all her life, on top of all the dishes she has washed serving us. What an amazing badge of honor to have! I have her hands memorized and I can picture them now peeling the chiles.

Additionally, according to Cosmic Chile, chiles are really healthy for you as they are “cholesterol free, low in sodium and calories, rich in Vitamins A and C, and a good source of folic acid, potassium and Vitamin E.” My mom schooled us on this as children. The majority of food we ate as a child contained some type of chile. For this reason and till this day, I really cannot eat food which doesn’t have any spice to it. To me, it just tastes so bland. I’ve been spoiled for life!

I’ll never forget the time my neighbor came over our house for a casual visit. The moment she stepped passed our doorstep, she started coughing uncontrollably. We asked if she was ok and she said she was not sick. We all then realized she was actually choking on the smell of chiles! Poor thing! She confessed she wasn’t used to the scent. What smells like home to us doesn’t necessarily translate to others.

Now, our house doesn’t have that beautiful aroma of fresh chiles because I don’t have my mama’s talent for cooking. I long for that smell and when I go home, I get my fill. No matter how much time goes by, the smell of chiles will always be synonymous with love and family.


 Close your eyes and think what love smells like to you. Do certain scents bring back fond memories? Share with me!


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Photo credit: Carmen Garcia-Shushtari

  • PrincessMouseyCards

    I love that your love smells like peppers! My maiden name is Serrano & I that was always my ‘line’ that I was a Hot Latina Lover! The smell of home cooked food is a great way to feel loved! Great topic as usual! Thanks for doing this. You are the best!

    • Ha! Perfect smell with your name. Love it…I want to call myself a “Hot Latina Lover”, too. So happy you enjoy the love project. I think it’s really fab how we all share our love stories and spread love with those around us. So honored for you to be a part of it!

  • Julie

    I cook with chile pepper periodically. I especially like jalapenos. I love spicy food as well.

    • Jalapenos are yummy. I put hot sauce on my food daily. It’s sort of my thing =)

  • You’re making me hungry!! Being pregnant has made me think about food even more than I used to – which is a lot!
    Food is such an important part of memories! I hope to pass on a healthy, fresh food family memory to my kids! (Unlike what I had growing up!) I really like the cookbook idea on your Instagram that your mom made! Very sweet and thoughtful. 🙂

    xo kristen genevieve

    • I must admit I got hungry writing the post. I couldn’t agree more that being preggo has made me appreciate all food and not like others. I really can’t wait to indulge in ramen and sushi. First meal! I am sure you will give your babies the yummiest and healthiest food. Oh, I cried when I got my mom’s recipe book because I’ve always wanted to document my mama’s recipes. We can do that with our babies one day!

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  • Erin @ Read-at-Home Mama

    My husband would seriously adore you. He loves all things hot and spicy, and I doubt he’d start coughing if he entered your house, LOL 🙂 I love that you chose something so non-traditional — I figured the big ones would be cookies, or tomato sauce, or basil, or something like that. I LOVE your connection to chiles and I know you’re looking forward to passing on that tradition to ShuGar Boy! 🙂

    • That’s so funny! Sounds like we would get along for sure. We could all go on a double date. I wasn’t sure what everyone was going to write about, but I figured chocolate might be one of them. Yup, I will teach ShuGar Boy all about the different Mexican spices and how they are part of our cultural traditions brought from his grandma.

  • Love smells like the ocean to me because it was a place that my dad used to take my family on trips back in El Salvador. He loved the ocean, and it is my favorite place to be in the world. The salty water, and fresh air make me feel free like a bird, and like the happiest person on earth.

    Much Love,


    • So beautiful. I love this smell. I live a few blocks from the ocean so I know exactly the smell you are talking about. Isn’t it amazing how the smell can take us back to another time? What wonderful memories you have.

  • I have a sensitive sense of smell. For example there is a Dove deodorant I used to buy a lot during highschool and when I smell it, it brings back memories of those times. Those memories are very strong and even more vivid than when I see pictures.
    Our house was filled with the smell of freshly made tortillas and my mom making salsas. ha ha love smells like chiles, I love it!
    Btw, I have a dream and you and your mommy were there, so weird, right?

    • Oh, my gosh…I had a flashback with soap, too. My abuelito used this soap that I never really noticed until Mr. ShuGar bought a similar scent and as I was taking a shower I got a flashback and started crying. Just from soap! Oh, tortillas is another lovely smell. Sounds like we grew up with similar scents. Love that dream! I want to hear more about it. I hope I was nice in your dream =)

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