As my good friend Joe (over at Assorted Nonsense) reminded me lately, smell is all too often ignored when we write scenes.
Well, this post is for you, Sir!
With her hearing and ability to communicate verbally still damaged, Portia is noticing some of her other senses more than usual. In this scene I am writing, Portia will notice the perfume of a visitor, and it will turn out to be Shalimar by Guerlain.
Here is a description of Shalimar‘s smell:
Shalimar is one of the best selling perfumes ever and its magic is undeniable. Perfume is composed of citrus notes; lemon and bergamot, jasmine, may rose, opoponax, Tonka bean, vanilla, iris, Peru balsam and gray amber. Coolness of the citrus notes leads to floral heart ending with a warm and luxurious trail.
That is probably a little more descriptive than I need to be, but it will waft into the text of this scene on the breeze of my little imagination. Onward!