I was talking to a few peeps about this some say it's an awful smell some think it is pleasant.

Just about everyone has something else they think it smells like.
Like " a hospital" or "burning plastic" "bad cologne"

I have always referred to it as concentrated BAND-AID extract. Fresh from the box of course.

It seems to me that all insulins smell the same, although perhaps a "pepsi challenge" type blind smell test is in order.

What does your nose tell you?

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For a long time I thought it just smelled "mediciny" or like Band-aids. But after reading the book Breakthrough, I've changed my way of thinking. Now it just smells like LIFE. Life in a bottle.

I was actually looking at my Apidra vial the other day AMAZED that such a small amount of liquid keeps me alive for weeks. It's really mind-boggling.

I do think insulin smells like a hospital, though (or Band-Aids, too). It would be interesting to ask someone who isn't around it daily and see what they think.

Wood smoke probably from the phenol and cresol preservatives.

I think it smells like paste, the kind some of us ate in elementary school

I agree.. hospital and band aids.


ok acidrock, you can't say something smells like itself. If you had never smelled it before, how would you know that?

That may not be the answer you are looking for, but I agree with acidrock on this one. It smells like insulin. I never thought it smelled like anything else. Just insulin. It's not an awful smell or a pleasant smell...just an important smell.

Like you, I smell concentrated Band-Aid extract as well. Occasionally I still sniff the rubber stopper just to get a whiff and be transported back to a another time and place. It's a comfortable smell, one I'm familiar with.

Actually it smells like phone poles..... because they are treated with creosote, which is closely related to the cresol antiseptic that is added to ALL insulins for our safety. Cresol kills more germs than anything else with no danger to us.

I agree with Theodore. I don't think insulin itself necessarily has a smell, but the preservatives do.

Now, what I want to know is what is that "taste" I sometimes get after I inject?

The next time I see a phone pole, I'm totally running up to it and taking a big whiff. I'll let you know what I think!




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