Why do matches smell the way they do?



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    This smell comes from the burning of sulfur dioxide, one of the chemicals on the head of the match. Other sulfur compounds smell like rotten eggs and can irritate eyes and mucous membranes, but many people say that they like the match smell.

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    When a match is struck it releases sulfur dioxide a gas that our smell receptors are very sensitive too and it is hard to smell anything else in the presence of sulfur dioxide.

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