There have been studies done that have proven that our sense of smell triggers more memories than any of our other 4 senses. I believe that this is true. I know, I know, we all see a kid from “That 70’s Show” donning a comb in his back pocket and those of us that were around can all remember ourselves, yes myself as well, wearing that same comb in our back pockets in the late 70’s. What can I say? We were all doing it, along with our gauchos and clogs.
But have you ever stopped to think, when a memory was triggered by an actual smell. The scent of Bonnie Bell’s “Loves Baby Soft” can trigger a memory of my middle school years.
And as my 25-year-old nephew Jake says. “The middle school years are the ugly years”. And he is oh so, so right! We all smelled like “Loves Baby Soft”, feathered our hair, loved Shaun Cassidy and wore hot pink combs in our back pockets. There wasn’t a unique one among us!!!!!! Bodies were changing, mine not so much for the better. I was a chubby gal, and was often teased, so this scent doesn’t usually bring back any good thoughts.
There are times when someone whisks past you in a crowded shopping mall and they are wearing Calvin Klein’s “Obsession”…. It lingers for a moment, your brain is processing and Aaahhh all those early memories of college come flooding back, laying in the sun covered in baby oil (trying to tan, unlikely for an Irish girl such as myself), “scoping” for guys in the dorm cafeteria, late night parties, Jane Fonda Aerobics, exams and many hours of studying. Good times.
This product was released in 1985.
Sometimes my nose gets me into trouble. Like for example I was having lunch out with my husband a couple of Fridays ago and we were eating at PF Changs. We both ordered the Hot and Sour Soup. I usually love hot and sour soup! When the waiter brought the soup, I reached for my spoon, sniffed my soup, scowled and set my spoon down. Jim asked what was wrong and I told him, (ruining his soup experience as well) that I couldn’t eat it because It “smells like horse”. That was it for the sweet and sour soup.
I grew up on a farm and we had a horse, 2 black angus cows and chickens. Who would think that hot and sour soup would trigger that kind of memory?
Nowadays I shop from Etsy. I buy vintage fabric, usually from a smoke and pet free environment. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to smell. If it is vintage, it is probably going to smell like something. Sometimes, you are able to get the vintage fabric that the seller has pre-washed for you, which is pretty great. It may come to you smelling of some kind of unwelcome flowery detergent, or you may get lucky and it could totally smell like nothing!!!! Oh how I love that! Then, the worst thing could happen, it comes to you smelling of moth balls and old ladies. Ugh!!! It’s a hard stench to describe. If you have smelled it you will know. The nose always knows!
Other scents that remind me of things. The smell of coffee reminds me of frogs. Why? I thought you would never ask. I believe it is because we would catch frogs and put them into “Maxwell House” coffee cans.
The smell of melting candle reminds me of birthday cake of course! A scent of pine needles or pine shrubbery always reminds me of my Grandmother’s home in Johnstown, PA. Her home was surrounded by those shrubs and it always brings back a happy, warm and loving memory.
What scents trigger memories for you?
Have a fun-filled weekend!! What will you be doing? I will be working on my sundress from the Colette Spring/Summer Palette Challenge and hanging out with my favorite 3 boys (husband included)!