August 20, 2016

Scratch n Sniff Stickers: 51 reasons to love The Stink Factory

In our ongoing reveal of our sticker collection (you’ve hopefully already read about our kawaii stickers!), we are excited to talk about the mac daddy of all stickers: scratch n sniffs.

Scratch n sniff stickers are truly a phenomena unto themselves. I mean really, how DO they make a sheet of paper smell so much like bacon? Or buttered popcorn? Or … Grandpa?!

I lived for scratch n sniff stickers growing up. In fact, Smurfette is unrecognizable because her face is scratched off (sad but true). I can only guess at how many scratches that sticker got from my 8 year old self!

Smurfette
These vintage smurfs from www.brandedinthe80s.com

In the sticker love stories you guys send me, scratch n sniff stickers usually play a pretty large role. They are coveted, cherished, and savored. In all honesty, the intimacy between a kid and his or her scratch n sniff sticker is pretty real. It’s a true experience that takes over the senses!

It’s hilarious to see how brands took advantage of the sticker craze in the 80’s to market their products. My favorite was a Mr. T. scratch n sniff. I mean, really?!

After launching our Pipsticks Kids Club pack, I was on a serious hunt to find scratch n sniff stickers like I remembered from my childhood. Scratch n sniff stickers that were FUN and funny, not just the delicious fruit punch and bubble gum ones, but the totally gross ones too. Because really, that’s what it’s all about, right?

scratch n sniff stickers

There are a few people making them these days, but I’ve come across two companies in particular that are nailing it. First off, The Stink Factory. Their line of scratch n sniff stickers is totally on point and OLD SCHOOL. From the colors and designs to the fact that all the sticker designs include goofy googly eyes! They’re bright, they’re original, and they’re legit. As in they totally smell!

They’ve divided their scratch n sniff stickers into different categories (or stink files as it may be). Some yummy, some totally gross, but still entirely collectible.

Now, let’s explore the scratch n sniff sticker species…

Scratch n Sniff stickers

bacon-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch ‘n sniff > Class: Bacon
Every time I smell these, I have a Pavlovian experience an immediately start craving coffee. Is breakfast still the most important meal of the day if you eat breakfast food for dinner? Because pancakes past noon are almost better than in the AM.  One things for sure, these stickers will have you hearing sizzling bacon every time you sniff.

apple-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch ‘n sniff > Class: Apple
Thankfully when you sniff these scratch ‘n sniff sheet you can’t smell the worm (yuck!). P.S. has anyone actually found a worm in their apple before?

blueberry-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Blueberry
You can practically feel the antioxidants in these super fresh blueberry scratch ‘n sniff stickers.  I’m pretty sure my immune system got stronger just thinking about it. Berry good indeed!

birthday-cake-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Cake
Add these scratch n sniff stickers to any birthday card and you’ve just made a card 10x more mouthwatering. Seriously, it is crazy how much these stickers smell like a birthday cake.  They will take you back to the awkward feeling you get when everyone is singing “happy birthday” and you just have to sit there smiling, waiting for the song to be over.

brownie-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Brownie
The best thing about these stickers? Zero calories with every sniff! Indulge. You deserve it.

campfire-scent_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Campfire
Finally, a campfire easily accessible through a sticker without the hassle of smoke in your face.

Did you know smoke follows beauty? Fun fact. All I need now is a s’more and a starry night sky, and I’m set! Anyone else wanna join?

cinnamon-roll-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Cinnamon Roll
The Stink Factory is really “on a roll” with this sticker. It is uncanny how realistic the smell of cinnamon and icing are when ya sniff this sticker.  Cue the mouth watering.

coconut-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch ‘n sniff > Class: Coconut
Going Coco-nuts for these scratch n sniff stickers.  Tropical vacation anyone?Where’s my Pina Colada?!

Also, how cool does that coconut look with he sunglasses on! Super chill.

dirt-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Dirt
What did I say about totally gross?! Thanks Stink Factory for creating such whacky and wonderful smelling stickers, because if you didn’t no one else would think to. No joke these stickers are dirty. Reminds me of playing outside as a kid. I can dig it!

cupcake-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Cupcake
It’s nuts how these cupcake scratch ‘n sniff stickers smell totally different than the “birthday cake” stickers. Because any baking enthusiast knows there is a distinct difference between cupcakes and birthday cake.
Smells just like the fresh baked, sweetly frosted, fluffy treat! There’s drool on your chin…

fireworks-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Fireworks
Boom! Here’s a Fourth of July throwback scent.  Scratch ‘n sniff these little stickers and you’re instantly feeling more patriotic, for real. Perks, you don’t have to cover your ears!

fish-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Fish
Hey, something smells fishy… No, it’s not the fish you defrosted for dinner yesterday and totally forgot about. Just these scratch n sniff stickers. Stick this in the next snail mail letter you send for a funny prank.

flower-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Flower
After smelling the fish flavored stickers you may want a flowery scent to help you forget about that stink! Flower power scratch n sniff to the rescue.
Could wearing this stickers be considered perfume?

fruit-punch-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Fruit Punch
These scratch ‘n sniff stickers smell so sweet and fruity, my favorite for sure! Total flashbacks to juice boxes at during snack time in elementary school. Are you a Hi-C or Juicy Juice person?

Side note: just me or is juice drinking juice kinda weird?

garbage-scent_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Garbage
Talk about ewww! Garbage smelling stickers are equivalent to gross flavored jelly beans⎯you might not like them, but you just gotta try them. Ya know, just to say you did.

grandma-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Grandma
I can almost feel the pinch on my cheek smelling this grandma scented scratch n sniff stickers.  These stickers are the perfect reminder to call your g-ma!

grandpa-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Grandpa
Classic! The smell of your grandpa smoking a cigar, wearing a vintage sweater, and rocking that slightly musky scent. Come to think of it, call your grandpa too!

hot-wings-scent_scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Hot Wings
On the Scoville Scale these scratch n sniff wings may not be as hot as ghost peppers, but they are pretty blazin’! How hot can you handle your hot wings?

lemonade-scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Lemonade
Anyone else have a lemonade stand when they were younger? Trying to sell that sweet drink on a hot day was a a daunting task, especially on my slow street. These sour and sweet smelling scratch n sniff take me back. Craving a cold glass yet?

onion-scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Onion
You know when Chuck Noris slices onions, it’s the onions that cry. True story.
The difference between these onion stickers and the deal? These stickers won’t make you cry.

pineapple-scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Pineapple
If you were a fruit you would be a fineapple 😉

What a sweet way to escape to a tropical vacation, if only for a minute while you sniff these stickers.

pizza-scent_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Pizza
Speaking of pineapple, who thinks pineapple is a good pizza topping? I am all for it! These scratch n sniff stickers will have you ordering dominoes faster than you can say “cheesy”.

smelly-cheese-scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Cheese
Smelly cheese is one of those things you appreciate with age, like dark chocolate, or napping.  It may be stinky, but oh so good. Say cheese!

zombie-scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Zombie
Now we can’t be for sure that this scratch ‘n sniff sticker is 100% accurate because, well, zombies don’t actually exist (thank goodness). But Stink Factory, we will take your word for it!

strawberry-scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Strawberry
Sniffing this sticker is like being at a farmer’s market strawberry stand. Seriously sweet and berry nice!

wet-dog-scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Wet dog
Why did the cowboy buy a dachshund? Because someone told him to get a long little doggy.

This sticker seriously smells like a dog that has just been sprayed with a hose. Time for a bath!

toothpaste-scratch n sniff

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Toothpaste
A sticker that serves a friendly reminder to brush your teeth! Although I think I actually need one to remind me to floss…

sniff race car_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Car
Got a need for speed? Sniff this sticker sheet and you’ll be transported to the racetrack going over 230 mph. The perfect sticker for the adrenaline junky.
Vroom vroom!

sniff-cotton-candy_600x600

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Candy
Real carnival vibes sniffing these stickers.  I can almost taste the melt in your mouth, sugary sweetness when I smell them!

*These stickers do not come with a creepy carnival clown (thank goodness) or thrill roller coaster rides (unfortunately).

sniff-bread_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Gluten
Everyone always talks about how peanut butter and jelly are sooooo good together, but why do we overlook the bread that holds them both together? #deepthoughtsaboutsandwiches

sniff-chili_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Comfort Food
Darn Tootin’ good stickers! Looking for a comfort food fix? Thank goodness for The Stink Factory creating a sticker that smells as good as a chili dinner.

sniff-cola_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Pop
Does anyone call soda, “pop”? Because that is “fizz-tastic”!

Real question that may divide us all, Pepsi or Coca-Cola?

sniff-grape_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Fruit
These scratch ‘n sniff stickers are GRRRAPE! (sorry, couldn’t resist)
To me they kinda smell like old school cough medicine and it totally rocks! You remember that fake grape smell? Still relevant.

sniff-hamburger_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Burgers
These stickers may be “well done” but I prefer my hamburgers cooked medium-rare.  These stickers smell just like a backyard BBQ!

sniff-jellybean_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Beans
Remember those gross jelly beans I talked about earlier? Yeah, these don’t smell like that.  They smell like the sweet flavors we all know and love! Which bean is your favorite flavor?

sniff-marshmallow_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Sugar
Marshmallows have to be the best dessert ever, because they are a key ingredient the GREATEST dessert ever, the s’more! P.S. if you’re someone who roasts their ‘mallow until it’s on fire… why?

sniff-mint-chocolate-chip_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Ice Cream
I scream for ice cream! Especially when it’s mint chocolate chip. These stickers smell as yummy as they look.

sniff-orange_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Fruit
Orange you glad I didn’t make a pun about oranges?! …Oops.

sniff-peanut-butter_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Butter
I like my peanut butter like I like my men: smooth (though at the moment my man looks like Grizzly Adams – but still has smooth moves!).

Pair these stickers with the grape stickers and you have a match made in heaven! Warning: sniffing the two stickers at once may cause severe cravings for a PB&J.

Are you a crunchy PB person? Or creamy?

sniff-root-beer_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Soda
The only real way to drink root beer is to put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it and make it a root beer float! A&W anyone?

sniff-smoothie_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Smoothie
Fun fact: Jamba Juice (aka the birthplace of smoothies shops) was founded in San Luis Obispo, which is also the site of Pipsticks HQ!

These beauties are fruity and smooth smelling.

sniff-sour-apple_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Fruit
Pucker up! Sour Apple has to be the best sour flavor out there, coming in a close second is blue raspberry. These stickers will give you Warheads Sour Candy flashbacks.

sniff-spaghetti_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Italian
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie*, dat’s amore! Scratch ‘n sniffing may solidify your dinner plans tonight… Italian food anyone?

sniff-apple-pie_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Pie
No, not 3.14159… We’re talking about actual pie. Super yummy apple pie!

sniff-baby-powder_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Babies
Beauty tip: baby powder is a great substitute for dry shampoo, just be prepared to smell like a newborn for the rest of the day…

sniff-banana_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Fruit
Gwen Stefani thinks these are B. A. N. A. N. A. S.! And she’s right, these are bananas!

*I did not actually ask Gwen what she thought about these, or any, banana stickers.

sniff-bologna_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Deli Meat
In terms of smell, these stickers are spot on! It is so amazing how The Stink Factory creates these stickers, and comes up with the scents. I mean, bologna?! It’s as fun to spell as it is to smell!

sniff-bubblegum_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Gum
These stickers are cute, fun to smell, and motivational.  It’s a trifecta! As if you needed more reasons to love these stickers…

Probably the most classic smelling sticker there is!

sniff-cherry_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Fruit
Loving these, like a lot, with a cherry on top! I think these are perfect stickers to make into cute pins for a cool denim jacket, added bonus? They smell so good!

sniff-chocolate_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Cravings
Chocolate is made from a bean, coffee is made from a bean, and beans are vegetables… so technically I have had plenty of vegetables today!

As if you need more of a reason to crave chocolate, these stickers probably aren’t helping.

sniff-cough-drop_735

KINGDOM: Stickers > PHYLUM: Scratch n sniff > Class: Colds
The ironic part about these cough drop flavored stickers is that, if you have a cold you probably won’t be able to smell them 🙁

Hasn’t The Stink Factory done an awesome job with these? Keep your eyes peeled for them in our upcoming Kids Club sticker packs (we have birthday cake coming in September, yay!).

And don’t forget to tell me your thoughts on this sticker Phylum below!

Mo xoxo


10 thoughts on “Scratch n Sniff Stickers: 51 reasons to love The Stink Factory”

  1. The kids love these. They hadn’t seen these type of stickers before and were smitten. Can’t wait to smell the birthday cake ones 🙂 I may have to nick one for my collection!

  2. I am transported back to my youth of collecting stickers and placing them into my album! Please surprise us pros with some, if you can!

  3. I am beyond thrilled about this collection. I want to buy some for my school kids I work with as rewards for their homework. I will be looking the company up. Thanks for sharing all the extra info. This club is so impressive!! The scent I can’t wait to smell most is grandma and spaghetti!! By the way, I have those vintage Smurf stickers in my house right now in journals from the 80’s.

  4. Very neat!! I loved the scratch n sniff ones as a kid!! My Mom even found me some (quite politically incorrect now, I might add) of ones that smelled like gasoline! I wonder if she still has my sticker album at home, now that I think of it… 😉

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