Have you ever picked up something and taken a good whiff of it and instantly your demeanor changes? All these feelings and thoughts come rushing back? OMG, this has happened to me sooo many times, and just recently I had it happen to me again. As I went home that evening, I thought about the day, that smell, that purchase.. then I realized something! EVERY DAMN TIME I smell something from my past that gives me ALL THE FEELS I BUY IT!! What the hell is wrong with me?
Well it turns out nothing! As I talked to people and researched it on the internet, turns out, scents are linked to your memories. In fact this little tidbit from www.fifthsense.org.uk/psychology-and-smell/ explains it all right here!
"Smell and Memory. The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. Those with full olfactory function may be able to think of smells that evoke particular memories; the scent of an orchard in blossom conjuring up recollections of a childhood picnic, for example."
or this research from Psychology Today www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/brain-babble/201501/smells-ring-bells-how-smell-triggers-memories-and-emotions
or I could go on and on posting studies, but you get the drift! So I decided, what a great blog post this would make, me showing you, my smells from the past that has me at Hello!
This is my current scent flashback! Recently I was at a vendor show and spotted the Aloette table across from me. I went over and took one sniff of the hand creme and boom...there I was back in my teenage year! "I'll take one of these... I heard the words coming out of my mouth before I could shut the damn thing!
Another one I that has sucked me into it's smell induced haze is Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Perfume. Yep.. every. damn. time. One spritz and I'm instantly back in my early 20's, dancing in the bars! However, back then, I'm sure it was more than a spritz!
If you were a teen in the eighties, you will definitely remember the Aussie hair products. I was shopping around for a good leave in hair conditioner for me to use after I get out of the pool. I wandered down the isle and spotted the purple bottle. (However, I do believe they were green and purple back in the day). One spray and boom... it's in my cart! Them memories of sitting by the pool at my parents house and using these products flooded my memories.... Yep that's the ticket, Good thoughts!
So the other day, I was walking the mall, when this gentleman crossed my path. And just like a slap in the face, I was back walking the halls of school with all those teenage hormonal boys, literally dumping the bottle of Ralph Lauren Polo cologne on. I stopped in my tracks to take another large inhale, just like all those gain commercials!
Recently I was in a sitting to finish my tattoo, when the tattoo artist was cleaning me up, I was texting on my phone, and then there it was..... the smell of yesteryear's! It was explained to my by using Noxzema face cream! OH EM GEE... what a glorious fragrance it has.. How could I have stopped using this little bottle of heaven that was sent down from the angels? My grandmother and mother always used this bottle of happy! It smelled so much like them! I needed this back in my life! So, you guessed it, that weekend one was in my cart!
Another perfume that gets me all the time is Nina Ricci L'air du temps! The smell INSTANTLY brings me back to sitting at my friends house after school! We had run home from school to be there before 4:00pm, because that's when the premiere of the Papa Don't Preach Video by Madonna was set to be aired! God we were soo excited! Even tho Michelle told me that I smelled like her Grandmother, I didn't care. It was my scent of choice for that year! I was cool because it was french! Oh the lovely feels that I have when I smell the Notes of bergamot, peach, neroli, and carnation! TAKE ME BACK TO INNOCENCE!!
If you haven't guessed it yet, or I haven't told you, I do own every one of these things just for the pure joy the smell brings me! I can't help it. Something about the times and feelings they bring makes me happy! I don't care if I smell like my grandmother or a zit faced teenage boy, (I don't really have the polo, but I wouldn't put anything past me!) I just gives me joy smelling these bottles full of what I think heaven smells like!
Do you have scents that bring you happy thoughts? What are some of yours?
Until next time