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Heath
01-07-2009, 04:00 AM
Has anyone smelled it? Is it a sweet aroma? Vinegar-like? Is it odorless?

alleycat
01-07-2009, 04:07 AM
Have you ever smelled the refrigerant of an air-conditioner unit used being serviced? I believe that is suppose to be very close to chloroform.

It's basically odorless at low levels.

cbenoi1
01-07-2009, 04:12 AM
I have a scene where my MC stuffs Chroloform into a pluggable Glade Air Wick air freshener and puts it in a closed room to trap a baddie. Oil-based perfumes apparently mask the odor while not altering the ester's chemistry. I haven't checked into this yet.

From what found I have so far, it has a sweet, pleasant smell. Some might add it has some light nutty flavor to it.

I'm interested in knowing more too.

-cb

Silver King
01-07-2009, 06:06 AM
A similar discussion (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126049) came up recently that might be helpful.

pdr
01-07-2009, 11:23 AM
to have been anesthetized with chloroform. It smelt sickly sweet, a cloying scent.

JennaGlatzer
01-07-2009, 11:45 AM
Hang on, I'll go check.

*Sniff*

*Sniff*

Hmm, it smells like... sort of like...

*Sniff*

KERTHUNK.

:e2faint:

waylander
01-07-2009, 01:56 PM
Doesn't have a strong smell, very slightly sweet and obviously 'chemical'

Tsu Dho Nimh
01-07-2009, 04:17 PM
Sweet but not flowery, not overpowering, and easily recognizable if you have ever used it.

Does NOT smell like AC refrigerant.

Heath
01-08-2009, 01:03 AM
Thanks, all!

I had written "sweet, ether-like aroma," and didn't want to identify it as chloroform per se because the point of view character has no idea what it is. Who would know except a doctor anyway?

KikiteNeko
01-08-2009, 01:06 AM
It smells like being unconscious.

KikiteNeko
01-08-2009, 01:08 AM
Thanks, all!

I had written "sweet, ether-like aroma," and didn't want to identify it as chloroform per se because the point of view character has no idea what it is. Who would know except a doctor anyway?


Casey Anthony (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26558545/) would know

waylander
01-08-2009, 03:32 AM
Ether smells sweeter

2Wheels
01-08-2009, 05:40 AM
Just remember that the darn stuff will melt plastic (given enough time), evaporates before you can say "WTF?" (thus feels cold to the touch) and has such low surface tension that it runs out of any pipette you try to suck it up into ...!
(BTW have not stuck my head under the fume hood to smell it. Not going to either).

CharlotteAmbrose
01-08-2009, 05:48 AM
Hang on, I'll go check.

*Sniff*

*Sniff*

Hmm, it smells like... sort of like...

*Sniff*

KERTHUNK.

:e2faint:


Ha! I thought that was a perfect answer..