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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? 2,317 People

    I get this all the time,

    its like every smell brings up another memory, and when I do remember by the smell I would always wonder why I had never thought of it before
    sharichi sharichi 22-25, M Aug 16

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    livingasme livingasme 51-55, F 4 Responses Jun 28, 2014

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    It's so magical when a scent brings a memory.

    ..smell sense it's very important to me...I enjoy smelling.
    estrella77 estrella77 36-40, F Jun 1

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    When I was a little girl,

    my mom and I would take the train, or roadtrip in our Ford Pinto, from our apartment in Maryland, to visit my Grandma, in Cedaredge, Colorado. The moment we arrived in front of her green and white bungalow, I'd tear out of the car and go racing through the front door, to get to...
    badassgirrrl badassgirrrl 41-45, F 14 Responses Jul 30

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    My mom used to cook a Roasted Chicken Dinner on

    Sunday's . she always used onions, celery, butter and poultry seasoning in her stuffing. I know her recipe by heart and make it for my Turkey stuffing . It's a nice savoury stuffing and my neices and nephews love my stuffing and pig out on it when they come for a holiday dinner...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 15

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    When i smell a certain perfume(Liz Clairborne)

    I go back in time to when I was 19 or so and remember my girl friend at the time. The memory of her and the time we spent together comes flooding back and brings a smile to my face! All from a fragrance :)
    Somethinglost Somethinglost 41-45, M Dec 28, 2014

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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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    A truck drove past me this morning

    and the exhaust smell flashed me back to our jr high bus lot in the winter. We'd skate across the icy mix of diesel and snow in our boots, secretly hoping we'd *accidentally* miss the bus and get to hang longer with other pre-pubescent teens. Sometimes we'd forge notes and ride...
    EPHeidi EPHeidi 26-30, F Feb 10

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    You'll see in a post I made to one

    who said about the same thing as you with respect to scents bringing back memories in full force, I was in the super market not long ago when a woman a tad younger than I passed me in the aisle and I got a whiff of her perfume: Ambush. Lordy, the last and only time I smelled...
    Nightwets Nightwets 66-70, M Aug 22

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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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    It's fascinating isn't it?

    A loved one long gone, a place forgotten. A pocket of time tucked away years ago. A drifting scent erases the space between and transports the heart, making it yesterday. Sometimes a sweet surprise, sometimes a heart re-broken. Always amazing.
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    My best friend smells magical

    and unlike anyone else.
    Brimmless Brimmless 18-21, F Nov 16, 2014

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    My sense of smell, and therefore taste,

    is incredibly sharp, and parts of my brain memory are stimulated by scents from my past. A month ago, I was walking the aisles of a local grocer's trailing a woman (not on purpose) in her mid sixties, I'd say. She stopped suddenly by a shelf, and I passed her by quite closely...
    Nightwets Nightwets 66-70, M 2 Responses Jul 18

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    Thanks to my boyfriend,

    I will always associate the smell of old spice with warmth, protection, reassurance, and cuddling. It will always calm me down. It will always put me in a state of meditation that brings me peace.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 27, 2014

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    I've loved the scent of brewing coffee

    since I was a boy.. My grandfather would brew it every morning in an old percolator pot. The scent filled the house and it became the scent of happiness, comfort and well being... . It's not so strange, then, that often I think about him when I smell coffee or when I am...
    LeChemineau LeChemineau 41-45, M 4 Responses Aug 12

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    The smells of my childhood: An old tractor,

    freshly plowed ground, diesel exhaust, sweat and grease on old work clothes, Red Horse chewing tobacco, soybeans in the field on a summer afternoon, dust from a gravel road.
    farmerjoeih1066 farmerjoeih1066 41-45, M Jul 29

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    Roses. For my wedding day I bought a set of

    rose scented toiletries and perfume, I had hoped that the scent would compliment the roses in my bouquet of flowers. Now whenever I smell roses I am transported back in time to that day and I remember all the feelings I had in church when we made our promises, all the sights and...
    RobertaSunset RobertaSunset 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 10

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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, 2014

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    I can definitely relate to this,

    some of the weirdest scents bring back amazing memories for me :).
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 9, 2014

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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 7 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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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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    "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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    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, 2014

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    LittleCreates LittleCreates 22-25, M Oct 22, 2014

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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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 28, 2014

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    We got new desks at work.

    Every time I open up the large drawer, I can smell the chipboard and glue which oddly enough reminds me of my dad. The countless pieces of furniture we assembled together (desks, microwave stands, book cases) smell the exCt same as my large desk drawer. I miss my dad every time...
    l00kin l00kin 31-35 Aug 10

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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, 2014

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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..
    SweetRose22 SweetRose22 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 16, 2014

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    The smell of lilacs brings memories of childhood

    as well of memories of a crush I had on a teacher when I was in high school she wore lilac perfume and was gorgeous.
    grandpaj grandpaj 61-65, M 2 Responses Aug 18

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    I don't know if she will read this post,

    but I want her to know that I don't feel bitter or regret. It's as simple as that. There will always be a part of me that fills me with memories I will never forget. Always and forever. No regrets. Just last night I was at the casino, and a woman walked by me. The scent of her...
    TheCunylinguist TheCunylinguist 41-45, F May 2

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    Fresh cut grass brings back a lot of memories

    from childhood. Those are some of my favorite memories. Cartwheels and lemonade!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 26

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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 2 Responses Oct 22, 2014

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    it was like taking you back from the past

    and makes you fall in love into something that you didn't know
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 7

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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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    When I was little, I loved studying ancient

    Egypt and mummies and the royalty. And one time I was studying cleopatra. I read she loved to bathe in milk and back then she seemed like the epitome of grace and beauty. It was a bonus that she was from Africa. That was before I realized that it had been taken over by another...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 13

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    I have always thought

    that scents bringing about memories to be interesting and cool. I like when I smell something and immediately remember a moment in time because of the smell.
    JonesJJ315 JonesJJ315 36-40, M Jul 28

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    scent about someone. scent of a home.

    memories getting into my head through scent and songs.
    inspirit05 inspirit05 22-25, F Jul 29

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    Our sense of smell is

    so powerful. I love the smell of cotton candy. It takes me back to happier times when my life was as simple as those puffs of spun sugar.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 11

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    The scent of an on comming thunderstorm in the

    air takes me to a childhood place... Mjolnir clashes with the anvil earth
    Xalinder Xalinder 36-40, M Dec 29, 2014

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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 1 Response Oct 21, 2014

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    I love when people have the same scent all year

    around or all their life. I be thinking how do they do that? Sometimes they stop making the same products. It's say you always used bath and body works coconut perfume. In 2016 they might stop making them. I find it cool when people have he same smell to them for years
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 29

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    Last weekend, I was driving past a park

    and got a whiff of slightly scented fabric and dust. It reminded me of my grandmother's house, growing up. I like the smell, but it's no doubt universal for all old people's homes, where they haven't upgraded anything since the 70's. The same day, I went to Home Depot and the...
    hisloverpants hisloverpants 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 11

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