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Is there a scent that evokes pleasant memories of your past?

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Mine is sorghum. One whiff of that and I am transported back to my years growing up and eating it, mixed with butter, on my mom's homemade buttermilk biscuits. Heaven. 

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Jasmine in bloom reminds me of my grandmother' patio in San Diego. I have stopped dead in my tracks in strange cities when I smell it.

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Golden Delicious apples. My grandfather used to give me a bag of apples when I would leave his house and go back to college.

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Mine is weird - circus peanuts.  You know, those gross, spongy, orange things?  

 

For some reason they remind me of my great-grandma, but my mom swears there is no relation between my gg and them...strange.  

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Alberto V05 - the hair conditioning oil. My grandmother used it.  It will take me back to my time with her.

 

And Old Spice.  Definitely the smell of high school. :) 

 

 

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Mine is weird - circus peanuts.  You know, those gross, spongy, orange things?  

 

For some reason they remind me of my great-grandma, but my mom swears there is no relation between my gg and them...strange.  

 

my mother loved those things....

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White linen perfume....my favorite aunt wore it when I was small.  It makes me smile when I smell someone wearing it. 

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Believe it or not, stale cigarette smoke, especially mixed with Shower to Shower body powder. My grandma was the only person in my life who smoked, and while I hate the smoke itself, the scent of its residue brings me to a happy place.

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WD-40. It sends me back to my grandfather's shop. For most of my life he owned a small vacuum cleaner and sewing machine repair shop that sat behind his house. Usually the kids were supposed to stay out, especially if there were customers. But when I got a little older, because I was the quiet one, sometimes I could get away with just sitting in there while he worked. The whole place reeked of WD-40. A whiff of it instantly sends me back there.

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Well, not exactly what you asked but... My grandmother owned a diner at the stockyard. Yes, where they auction off cattle. All the years I worked at 5 star hotels, whenever they had a high dollar auction for expensive vacations and other things... I could smell the auction yard outside my grandmother's restaurant. Totally psychosomatic. When I hear an auctioneer, I smell cow poop, lol. Cant help it.

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And Old Spice.  Definitely the smell of high school. :)

 

 

The typical high school smell (in my day) was Polo. 

 

Typical high school boy smell at my school/in my day was Drakkar.   Funny to remember this....I'm in my mid/late 40's.  

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The variety in the scents is so interesting!

 

I bought a cologne gift set for a high school boyfriend, but I can't remember what it was called!  Throw some others out there!

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Gingerbread. We had these weird gingerbread Christmas ornaments that smelled like it when I was little and now that smell reminds me of being little at Christmas time. I even tried to lick those ornaments once to see if they tasted like it. 😂 They didn't.

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My father's mother used Cashmere Bouquet. My mother's mother's house also smelled like moth balls.

 

Lovely smells from my past: mimosa trees in Puerto Rico, night blooming Jasmine outside my bedroom window in Florida, wood burning pizza ovens in Sicily, that kind of cool wet salty fishy smell on a pier at night.

 

I have hundreds of fond smell memories.

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I bought a cologne gift set for a high school boyfriend, but I can't remember what it was called!  Throw some others out there!

 

When were you in high school?

 

I  :001_wub: this thread!

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When were you in high school?

 

I  :001_wub: this thread!

 

Well, that info would help, wouldn't it?!  Late 70s - early 80s. I'm sure the cologne I bought was readily available at Walmart (lol), but that's all I remember!  I've tried Googling.

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Not me, but my kids . . . one time I was complaining about the smell of 409, which my dh cleans with obsessively, and dd exclaimed, "Mom, that's the smell of our childhood!" 

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Post offices. I loved the smell of post offices, and every time I go in one, it reminds me of playing at the park across from the post office and the tiny little library in my home town.

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Not me, but my kids . . . one time I was complaining about the smell of 409, which my dh cleans with obsessively, and dd exclaimed, "Mom, that's the smell of our childhood!" 

 

That's adorable!

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Horses - like the smell you get when you bury your face in a horse's neck. That has been a favorite smell my entire life.

 

Lily of the valley - when I was around 3-4 years old, my mom had a bottle of lily of the valley perfume that she kept in the fridge and I would sneak spritzes of it.

 

Lemon drops - my grandma always had lemon drops in her purse and the sight, smell, or taste of them instantly reminds me of her.

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Well, that info would help, wouldn't it?!  Late 70s - early 80s. I'm sure the cologne I bought was readily available at Walmart (lol), but that's all I remember!  I've tried Googling.

 

Ah, I'm no help then. I was in high school during the Calvin Klein years.  :)

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Eucalyptus immediately transports me back to Bolivia--it was one of the few trees that would grow at the higher altitudes so it was quite common there.

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Lemon drops - my grandma always had lemon drops in her purse and the sight, smell, or taste of them instantly reminds me of her.

 

Oh, yes!  My grandparents had a cut-glass candy dish with a lid, and it was always full of lemon drops (or lemon drips, as my little brother called them!).

 

Ah, I'm no help then. I was in high school during the Calvin Klein years.  :)

 

You youngster, you!  

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Well, that info would help, wouldn't it?!  Late 70s - early 80s. I'm sure the cologne I bought was readily available at Walmart (lol), but that's all I remember!  I've tried Googling.

 

Okay, I'm still going to give it a try. Could it be any of these?

 

Chaps

Oleg Cassini for Men

Yardley Original

L'Homme

Sport

Brut

Aramis

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Roses. My great grandma brought a rose bush with her to Florida from North Carolina in 1960. Lord only knows how old the rose bush was when she dug it up, but it was definitely cultivated before most roses had the smell bred out of them. I wish I had it now.

 

Orange blossoms. My great grandad grafted his own orange trees in 1960 when they moved to Florida. I was born in 1969. When I was a little girl Pappy and I used to sit outside around Christmas time and eat oranges until I was sick on them.

 

Also gardenias. Same reason. I have a lot of really lovely memories tied to my great grandparents.

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Well, that info would help, wouldn't it?! Late 70s - early 80s. I'm sure the cologne I bought was readily available at Walmart (lol), but that's all I remember! I've tried Googling.

Wait. Was there walmart then? I heard of Walmart for the first time in 1989.

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Chanel no 5 - my mom's favorite perfume.

 

Old Spice - grandpa!

 

Palmolive and Avon Wild Rose perfume - grandma all the way.

 

Petrichor (that wet pavement smell) - fond memories of rollerblading for hours around our pool.

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The variety in the scents is so interesting!

 

I bought a cologne gift set for a high school boyfriend, but I can't remember what it was called!  Throw some others out there!

 

Stetson?

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Well, that info would help, wouldn't it?!  Late 70s - early 80s. I'm sure the cologne I bought was readily available at Walmart (lol), but that's all I remember!  I've tried Googling.

 

try Vermont Country Store.  They seem to specialize in merchandise from the era.

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Tobacco.  Not cigarette smoke, but real tobacco.  It takes me back to summers of playing with my cousins in my grandparent's tobacco barn.

 

This reminds me:  Pipe smoke.  My grandfather smoked it and the few times I've smelled it it took me right back to my grandparents house.  I love the smell of pipe smoke - much more pleasant than cigarettes, even though it still does damage.

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There's a bunch for me... but how about Attic Insulation smells like Christmas to me because we stored our Christmas stuff in the attic when I was a kid.

 

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There was a certain sunscreen my cousin and I had when our two families vacationed in Italy. I don't even remember the name but when I smell it I know it and for a brief moment I am back in Rimini.

 

Pies baking - Grandma

 

Salty air - ocean (always pleasant for me) and seafood bbq at the beach

 

 

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Oil of Olay (original) -- my grandmother She put it on every night and had the softest prettiest skin

My mom used Oil of Olay and I always loved it.

 

For me, it's honeysuckle. My grandmother's house sat on a double lot and had a 6' chain link fence all the way around. However, you couldn't see any of the fence for all the honeysuckle.

 

The house we live in now has some growing in the woods. I can't wait for it to bloom each year. I've taught the kids how to eat honeysuckle. I hope it brings them good memories as well.

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