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I Love It When Scent Brings a Memory

have you ever smelled something and it took you back to a time and place instantly? 1,663 People

    The Familiar Perfume

    I have this special teacher. Her name is Mrs. D. She is my best friend and is like a mother to me. I love her, and I love to be around her. I have switched schools now, but I still go back to visit her sometimes. I was visiting my grandparents in Texas a few weeks ago. We...
    mezoe mezoe 13-15 Jan 4, 2013

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    I like the smell of strawberries.

    It reminds me of my elementary school days :) In the morning the air would smell like strawberries :)
    Batsandstars Batsandstars 18-21, F Jan 26

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    I like to sharpen my knives.

    The smell of wet steel, and titanium gliding over my whetrocks.
    namesDizzy namesDizzy 18-21, M Mar 31

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    I used to wear Pink by Victoria's Secret.

    The scent of it brings me back to the time when my husband and I were dating. He was head over heels in love with me. That's one of the best feelings in the world.... to be wanted, isn't it?
    krispykreme30 krispykreme30 31-35, F Feb 6

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    cryingstranger cryingstranger 36-40, F Mar 14

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    Smells Like...

    Scents are nostalgic, relics of a time past or a person almost forgotten. The smell of baby powder reminds me of my Grandmother, being hugged by her in her thin cotton gowns. The smell of Mop and Glow reminds me of being at her house, the regularity of dinner time and the...
    Siberia1000 Siberia1000 46-50, F Dec 12, 2012

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    Just the other day this happened to me.

    I was driving and picked up this scent. It reminded me of my time overseas. I found myself smiling because I was lost in my thoughts for a moment.
    Cheatn21 Cheatn21 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 25

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    LittleCreates LittleCreates 22-25, M Oct 22

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    No it ****** me off cos then

    for days I try and remember what it is!
    MixedJayy MixedJayy 16-17, F Apr 9

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    I can definitely relate to this,

    some of the weirdest scents bring back amazing memories for me :).
    hitthelightsnow hitthelightsnow 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 9

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    This happens in the weirdest places too.

    Anytime you visit a school or sometimes a neighbours house. You pick up the smell of something and it transports you back in time!
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Oct 21

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    Do You Remember?

    I have a memory of the bottle caps of soda when I was a child. Well actually they used to put a little piece of plastic in the lid that would have the letters or numbers on it for contests. I have such a vivid memory of the smell of those plastic pieces. It takes me back to...
    soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2012

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    Ever since I was little my sense of smell has

    been especially keen. I can smell when a certain food is cooking from the garage or when a person was just in the room and what they smell like. It's to the point where people will come to smell I like.
    RjMommy245 RjMommy245 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    Common Scents

      there is absolutely nothing like getting a waft of a smell that brings you into an instant flashback. the kind where yo uforget aboutall reality around you.Dolce and Gabanna - Light Blue is the most vivid one. it smells like summer. like an entire summer. and...
    misskrissywithaK misskrissywithaK 18-21, F Jan 27, 2010

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    Bought a new fabric softener recently.

    Not the usual one because it was out of stock. So did my laundry yesterday, woke up today, get dressed as usual but feeling awkward. I recognised the scent. Thinking so hard to remember where, what, when.... Just realised that it was her's. Memories of them that came knocking...
    DNightTrain DNightTrain 26-30, M 3 Responses Oct 22

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    Ginger

    when ever I smell fresh ginger I am in my grandmothers Afican Kitchen and can feel her arms me.
    Marianne808 Marianne808 41-45 Nov 19, 2012

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    Scented Letters

    Wow. Just before I was in the bathroom and caught a whiff of a smell I haven't smelled for years. It was very close to the scent that a girl friend of mine used to put on her letters when we were childhood correspondents. I never did know what it was and can't figure out now...
    rojblake rojblake 36-40, M 12 Responses Dec 18, 2009

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    Scent is the strongest thing tied to memory

    and as new memories come to me, I'll add them onto here. Even not so pleasant smells have triggered a semi-positive memory for me. For example, when I worked at a daycare, the smell of the 3 and 4-year-old's bathroom totally took me back to a first grade class I was in where the...
    AKLady14 AKLady14 26-30, F Aug 18

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    Magnolia Blossom from bath

    and body works.. That scent smelled so beautiful and it made me feel so happy inside... during my high school days.. Wish it wasn't discontinued..
    SleepyRose22 SleepyRose22 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    When Smells Bring Memories

    Just these days I burned a new incense and the smell was exactly like the smell of temples in India :-) I mentioned that to my son and he agreed straight away. It gave him the same memory straight away. Some clothes softner reminds me when we visited my grandmother in Barcelona...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 27, 2009

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    Fresh Mown Hay

    I love the wonderful, sweet smell of new mown hay. It brings back many fond memories of summers spent working in the hay fields on the family farm. When I was in grade school my older cousins would come for the summer to help get the hay stacked in the barn. After the days work...
    MtnManJohn MtnManJohn 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 19, 2013

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    Green Cordial

    Every time I smell green cordial it brings back memories of daycare. I used to get some flash backs of this lovely woman and we would be in her garden having morning tea.Peanut Butter sandwhiches cut into little triangles and Lime cordial.To this day I get pictures of that little...
    HowMuchCanaKoalaBear HowMuchCanaKoalaBear 41-45, F Jul 7, 2012

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    Comfort

    When I was a little girl my pépère smoked a pipe... whenever my mémère would make us a new quilt, or knitted slippers, or mittens they always came with the smell of vanilla pipe tobacco... that scent still brings back comforting memories of sitting on pépère's knee while he...
    hippiechick333 hippiechick333 46-50, F 8 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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    Fleeting

    It is the saddest of all senses. The scent floats. It's there and it is gone after a while. And every time it is slightly different, even when it is the perfume of a woman. Yet in its myriads of expressions, as many as the stars, they carry a world and are unmistakable...
    moreandless moreandless 56-60, M 1 Response Sep 20, 2010

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    Yes...I can relate to this.

    The awful smell of gasoline at the local carnival as a kid. On the spider ride too long left me sick the rest of the weekend. Inhaling those fumes. Eternity perfume... My good friend in HS; it was her fav. Now I use it to remind me if those days. Gray Flannel... Cologne...
    Fallgirl007 Fallgirl007 41-45, F Feb 24

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    Waking Up

    I love waking up to the smell of clean sundried sheets, aroma of pages of a new book beside me, smell of morning dew and the scent of skin next to me - in the stillness and silence of dawn. Mmmm.
    wiredwolf wiredwolf 31-35, M Dec 2, 2013

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    I was fascinated to learn

    that our sense of smell bypasses our brain's logic center, and sends information directly to our long-term memory for "intake processing." Psychologists believe this is why the sense of smell can trigger a full-body memory in ways that no other sense can.
    FakeIsTheNewReal FakeIsTheNewReal 31-35, F Mar 31

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    Scents Are Like Songs

    Theres always a song that reminds you of someone, place or time.The same goes for different scents or smells.I love a musty smell when I walk into a grocery store, the kind you get walking by a freezer. It reminds me of our cellar back home when I was a kid, my brotherand I...
    honeysuckle23 honeysuckle23 46-50, F 4 Responses Nov 18, 2012

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    I just put hand sanitizer on

    and the small is taking me back to my first real crush.. His name was Chris and he was dirty blond with blue eyes. His sent was so strong I would smell it everytime he passed and smelling it still brings back how I felt about him so long ago.
    Jessicaliners Jessicaliners 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 21

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    Cigarettes And Alcohol

    There are many scents that bring back memories, but the two that stand out, for wildly contrasting reasons, are the aforementioned cigarettes and alcohol. My late mother was a smoker, and she was a refuge from all the problems I was having in the rest of my life (too many to bore...
    mizzen123 mizzen123 46-50, M Feb 19, 2013

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    Same, I had this really good friend

    and we would hug lots of times. When we were at secondary school he would sit down and then I would be standing opposite him and he would turn me round and sit me on his lap. We would always hug to say hello and goodbye. He was awesome but then he stopped talking to me when he...
    BaoYin BaoYin 16-17, F Jun 9

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    I memorize scents. When I smell it somewhere,

    it triggers a memory. Weird?
    Philli8807 Philli8807 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 3

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    My best friend smells magical

    and unlike anyone else.
    Brimmless Brimmless 16-17, F Nov 16

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    Just A Reminder That Shes Still Here...

    It was a Saturday morning and I was coming out of boxing class. It was such a nice warm day and very welcomed after having a few days of clouds and rain. I decided that I wanted to walk home, even tho I lived a good 30 mins away walking time. That thought made me want to think...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 14, 2012

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    he always smells like wind

    and sweat but he smells sweet and i cant help it but the way he sleeps makes me never want to wake him up cuz it another scent i love
    foreverstrong1 foreverstrong1 13-15, F Jan 15

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    "Afterhours...."

    During my wild and crazy days; I use to make special visits to this married guy I used to date. Id go to his house whenever his wife was outta town on business and he would always wear Afterhours by Old Spice. He treated me very good. I finally starting feeling guilty for being...
    Blackbarbie1987 Blackbarbie1987 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 3, 2011

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    livingasme livingasme 51-55, F 4 Responses Jun 28

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    Even the scent of the air

    as the seasons change bring me to different places I've been and how I felt during those times. October, specifically, is bittersweet. There are scents from my past I hold on to as memorabilia. A box from my grandmother's room still smells of her perfume. Empty bottles of my...
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 22

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    Secret World

    We tend to forget about the scents secret world except when we feel disgusted by a very bad one, or when we are attracted by a perfume, or suddenly remember grandmother's arms when closing the eyes, and softly biting a piece of pie...   Scents evoke memories...
    sweetmeisje sweetmeisje 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 17, 2010

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    School Days

    There are definitely some smells that remind me of school long ago. I can't get rid of the memories. Firstly, the potato chip and cake Combo we always had at parties. For some reason the two smells mix together and stay with me. The oily chips and sugary sweet icing together...
    soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F Feb 9, 2013

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    Sigh....

    My eyes close and his lips touch mine, his scent, I cant quite place it....makes my heart race, I breathe him in deeper, again and again.
    gigi827 gigi827 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2012

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    Perfume

    There is an old Channel No. 5 scent that transports me back to another time in childhood ... or further I think. Every so often some classy Woman will wear it and it is ... a m a z i n g.
    AnythingRain AnythingRain 36-40 Sep 8, 2012

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