I'm not sure if this is actually a paranormal experience or just some sort of weird occurrence. Hopefully some of you have heard of something like
this in the past and might have some tips about different methods I can use to investigate it further.
Before I get into the experience itself let me give you a little bit of background. My sister and I live together in a house that's about 10 years old
now. We've lived here for just over 2 years, the previous owners were the original owners. As far as I know, there were never any deaths in the house.
The subdivision itself is around 12 years old now, but I may be off by a year or two. Our house was one of the last to be built in the neighbourhood,
hence the age difference between our place and the overall subdivision itself. Based on what information I've been able to find, the subdivision is
built on what used to be farmers' fields.
About 4 months ago we started noticing something strange happening at random times throughout the house. There's been no apparitions, no orbs, no
unexplainable sounds, no doors closing on their own, or anything like that at all. All we've experienced is a fairly strong scent. I know, weird
right? The scent itself reminds me of, for lack of a better description, an old lady's perfume, heh. You know that too strong perfume your grandmother
may wear? The one where the scent is much stronger than the light, fruity scent of many modern perfumes? Yeah, that's the scent I'm talking about.
Well that type of scent has been randomly materializing in different areas in our house, once or twice a week, for about 4 months now. It's not a
faint whiff either, it's pretty potent. If I had to describe the potency, I'd say it's about as strong as standing behind somebody wearing "old lady's
perfume" in line at the grocery store. Usually it will just appear, hang around for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, then go away. Although a few times I've
noticed it lingering for around 5 minutes, and on one occasion it lasted over 10 minutes.
The location seems to be different every time we notice it too. Our house has 4 levels; basement, main floor, second floor, and attic. We've caught it
at least once in every room on each floor, except for our utility room in the basement that holds our furnace and water heater. Granted we don't go
into the utility room too often, so who knows if we've missed any appearances of the scent in there. Sometimes it will materialize out of the blue in
a room that one, or both of us are already in. And sometimes we'll walk into a room and notice that it's already there waiting for us.
There doesn't seem to be any real pattern to when it appears or why. As far as we can tell, it's entirely random. At first we thought okay, something
has been spilled and we didn't notice it right away. But after the first few times of searching for any sort of spill, and finding nothing, we threw
that theory out the window. We've gone through the house, opened and smelt every bottle of perfume she has, every bottle of cologne I have. We've gone
through all our cleaning supplies and air fresheners too. I even went up into our little crawlspace of an attic once and searched for anything up
there. My thoughts were maybe the previous owners left an old box up there, and it had a perfume bottle in it that has started leaking or something.
We've literally gone through every potential source of scent in the house that we could find, and have found nothing similar. No perfume, no cologne,
no cleaner, no air freshener, no soap, no shampoo, nothing. No potential source of scent we own smells anything like this random "old lady's perfume"
stuff. Nothing is even similar to it at all.
At this point we're stumped, we can't find the source of this scent, and have no idea what could be causing it. I've heard of other people noticing
distinct scents in conjunction with other seemingly paranormal occurrences. But I've never heard of a case where a specific scent keeps showing up
with nothing else of note happening, like we've been experiencing.
So are we losing our minds or what? Have any of you ever heard of anything like this before? I don't know that I'm ready to label it as anything
paranormal, but it's definitely something that has no obvious explanation that we can think of. What makes it stand out for me is the fact that we've
noticed it happening all over the house, and the fact that it's so potent when it does happen. It's not like some old spilled perfume is coming out of
the carpet in one room or anything. It's strong, and you can't miss it when it does appear.
edit on 17-2-2011 by Griff56 because: Fixed some typos.