People also always compare the smell of cyanide to "bitter almonds". But the thing is, bitter almonds don't smell like regular almonds (Regular almonds? They smell almost exactly the same as cherries), and aren't commonly eaten (Because, y'know, they've got a small amount of cyanide in them). The thing you might recognize which smells like bitter almonds and like cyanide is superglue.
This is incorrect. Bitter almond oil is almost pure benzaldehyde, which is what gives cherries their scent. Sweet almond oil has no scent at all. My parents ran a potpurri business when I was a kid, and Sweet Almond oil is the canola oil of potpurri... used in large quantities (a batch of potpurri might use several oz) as a carrier for other scents (called a "fixative.") Bitter almond oil was used just eydropper-fuls at at time for that distinctive cherry scent. They bought bitter almond in 2 or 4 oz bottles, where they went through Sweet Almond by the gallon.