I Love Those Past Childhood Smells

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    To Name Just a Few:

    There are a few smells that are so entrenched in my memory and rich with emotion and experience from my childhood.  Some of them are not necessarily "pretty" smells, but I love them for the vivid memories they spark. Our family camping gear, particularly the smell...
    ruqiaraqs ruqiaraqs
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Nov 4, 2008


    I love the smell of shoe polish (the kind in a can).   My grandfather would polish his shoes on Saturday night to prepare for church. I miss papa.
    ichooselife ichooselife
    36-40, F
    Jul 5, 2008


    Now this may seem odd but I love the smell of creosote and the smell of diesel (especially from speedway bikes) as they remind me of being young.  Also, Dad (who I am closer to than anyone in my life except my husband) was a mechanic so I love the smell of oil on skin...
    DeathwithTea DeathwithTea
    31-35, F
    Jun 30, 2008


    i love the baby scent i sensed it, im a mother :) whenever i recall that smell myriads of butterflies... the scent of unconditional love
    beatarify beatarify
    46-50, F
    Jun 19, 2010

    Not All Odors Were Nice.

    I still remember very well, the horrific terrible odor of the home permanents my mom gave me as a young boy. Although I have smelled much worse since that time, I still have the nightmares of the odor wafting into my nose causing congestion or just making my nose run. Not...
    2 Responses Dec 23, 2010

    Ah Memories...

    Just last week I was going through some old gamepro magazines, and I got a wiff of them and it reminded me of my friends I use to have growing up. It reminded me that they were real. Because the gamepros came from them, I can't believe they still smell that way after so long. I...
    LylaRocks LylaRocks
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jul 11, 2008

    One Sniff and I Am There

    Play Dough, Side Walk Chalk, Jergen's Cherry Almond Lotion,  and Joy Lemon Dish Detergent are some of the things that really take me back to my childhood.  One sniff and I am there.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    8 Responses May 22, 2008


    Crayons Markers...not sharpies Glue Those stinky erasers we had for art class It's so nice to smell crayons.
    theroadtohello theroadtohello
    18-21, F
    Aug 21, 2010

    The Smell Are the Only Thing I Want to Remember.

    Something about the crispness, of a december or january day in Pasadena, Ca (LA Suburb) If you live here you know that you do not get many crisp, clean days here. When you do it is something to enjoy. No smog, not 100 degrees, just clear. The smell is so strong not because it is...
    EricS EricS
    36-40, M
    5 Responses Sep 14, 2008

    My Favorites

    The smell of the salt on the air, from my grandparents' house on the Bay. How the museum my father worked in when I was little smelled, and how it still smells that way even to this day. The smell of leather and gas and automotive liquids that permeated the old Volkswagen...
    dyin2live dyin2live
    31-35, F
    Sep 13, 2008

    Especially The Scents

    that make me think of my grandma and aunt. And of me going to school and on the playground. It makes me feel..a weird sense of security..even if it's only for a second.
    lostprophet lostprophet
    22-25, F
    Jan 24, 2010

    When I Was 10

    When I was a little girl my mom frequently stopped at a Spanish bakery for some churros ( some sort of fritters, like doughnuts, but not quite as big) and the smell was so delicious. Even to this day , every time I have the opportunity to have churros and chocolate , I have a...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 30, 2008

    Grannys' Purse

       All the little kids knew granny hid wintergreen certs in her purse.  I love the smell of leather and mints!She has now swithed to altiods, It's just not the same!
    akaaka akaaka
    1 Response Jul 12, 2008


    Yes, really....every summer of my youth, almost every day, was spent at the public, outdoor pool that was chlorinated. I cant ever not love the smell of chlorine and bleach.
    emilymcarty emilymcarty
    Aug 22, 2012

    Certain Smells...

    take me back to a comfortable and safe, loving place...Lilacs, we had in our yard, and my mother picking them and bringing them in the house by the armful...the whole house was full of their scent.... Car smells...my dad was a mechanic...he would come home and I would run to get...
    allycat419 allycat419
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Sep 15, 2008

    Certain Smells

    Certain smells always remind me of childhood. Usually they involve things that are seasonal, like fresh cut grass in the summer, burning leaves in the fall, impending snow in the winter, and cold sunshine in the spring. Other times though I'll get a whiff that reminds me of the...
    SweetbriarPoet SweetbriarPoet
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jun 30, 2008


    Occasionally certain scents catch me off guard and I am taken back to my childhood, simpler times.  When I was very small my grandma would give me a bath and put jergens cherry almond scented lotion on me.  Well, I hadn't smelled that lotion in probably thirteen...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 3, 2008

    Remember The Mimeograph Machines?

    I worked as an aide in the office at school and would turn my hands blue from the ink it used. I still remember the smell of it and think of middle school.
    RawRedhead RawRedhead
    41-45, F
    Nov 23, 2010

    Summer and Winter Smells

    Fresh-cut grass and the smell of roses, Evergreens and wood-smoke, the smell of baking cookies as you walk into the house. All these smells take me back, to different times, different places.
    SisBoomBah SisBoomBah
    26-30, F
    Jan 31, 2008
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