Scent Memories

14 Jul

I’ve always been sensitive to smells.  A lot of it probably has to do with the fact that I’m allergic to most perfumes, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it.

I think one of the reasons why I buy a lot of perfume is because I really appreciate scent memories.  In addition to having all my perfumes’ scents memorized, I can usually identify other smells that I associate with a memory.  It’s so amazing how I’ll get a whiff of something and I’m immediately transported to a specific time/place/feeling.

Sometimes I’ll smell something familiar and I don’t know what that smell reminds me of.  That drives me NUTS.  I’ll think “what was that?” for hours.  And if I can’t figure it out, there’s no backup plan. There’s no IMDB for scents… if you can’t figure it out yourself, you’re out of luck.

I started thinking about some of my favorite scent memory triggers today and put together a mini list.

  • Scent: a type of chap stick that came in an orange tube, Memory: Cracker Barrel.  It smells like the Country Store
  • Scent: A whiff of something while walking through the mall (not sure where it came from), Memory: the ocean scene at dusk from Soarin’ at Epcot
  • Scent: lime coolada lotion, Memory: our honeymoon in Hawaii
  • Scent: ice skating rink, Memory: middle school birthday parties
  • Scent: burning smell outside (maybe it’s leaves?), Memory: burning of the Library of Alexandria in Spaceship Earth
  • Scent: French Connection perfume, Memory: my family trip to Banff, Canada
  • Scent: musty water, Memory: every water ride at any park

So what can I do with this heightened sense of smell?  Basically nothing.  But I can make it a game for myself, and since the memories are mine, I’ll always win the game.  Am I the only person who has a lot of distinct scent memories?  Are any of them really specific?  Even a little odd?  The weird ones are the best ones!


2 Responses to “Scent Memories”

  1. Suesmouse August 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    I love Scent memories…I have a HUGE collectiojn of perfume, some I do not even wear. I have these because every once in a while I spray some on a towel in the bathroom and leave it there to fill the rooom with the scent. It is usually an old favorite scent that I used to wear in the 1980’s or 70’s.. Some of thise are very hard to find now. But they bring back such vivid memories…

    I love Wind Song by Prince Matchebelli, my mom always wore that one. It reminds me of her amd then I have to have to get on the phone and call. I am blessed to have both parents still together after 67 years of wedded bliss and they are 88 yrs old. I am 57, so I know how fortunate I am to have therm both.
    Ahhhhh…scent memories…Woind Song, stays on mind….:O)

    • malloryobryant August 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      What a great idea to spray towels in the bathroom! I’ve never smelled Wind Song, but now I’ll have to find it to see if I recognize it. That’s really neat that a scent can remind you of your wonderful parents. Scent memories are amazing!

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