I Wtk What Smell Reminds You of Your Childhood

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    cut grass cakes baking are 2 main smells that remind me of my child hood there are a few others
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    2 Responses Apr 18, 2013

    Castrol R

    My dad was a biker in the 1960's and used to compete in speed and endurance events, in those good old days before pollution was a dirty word and real engines were 'two strokes' for lightness, speed and durability.Years before the Japanese had a stranglehold on the motorcycle...
    Cherpee Cherpee
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jun 11, 2009

    Fresh Bread

    My grandparents raised me and I remember the wonderful smells that always filled the house as grandma baked in the kitchen.  She baked often, pies, cakes, cookies and bread.  Ah yes, waking to the smell of fresh bread was an awesome way to wake up.  Oatmeal, fresh...
    rhettbuttler69 rhettbuttler69
    61-65, M
    1 Response May 3, 2009

    Toy Scents

    The new electric motor and light machine oil smell of a Lionel train locomotive warming up.
    CtrlD CtrlD
    41-45, M
    Oct 2, 2009

    The Smell of Rain

    Some folk say that they can't smell rain.  I feel sorry for them.  I always like watching the rain even when it's storming out.  It's like smelling something just really awfully pure.  The earth is regenerating itself, that's how i view raining and storms...
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    2 Responses Sep 18, 2009

    "Christmas Tree" Smell

    I love the smell of the real trees some people still use for Christmas trees. It reminds me of my childhood and how we used to get a real tree every year. It made the house smell wonderful and we knew Christmas was coming - or already here. The artificial air fresheners don't...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine
    61-65, F
    Jun 30, 2013

    Strange One

    Okay, here is a strange childhood smell that evokes memories.I'm not even sure what it is. I think maybe it's a pesticide. When I was a kid my brothers and I loved to spend time at our grandmother and great grandmother's home way out in the country. I live way down South and...
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    1 Response Jul 3, 2011

    Hai (sp?) Karate

    That cologne will never leave my memory UGH! It's the only one my Dad would wear and he put it on THICK. Thankfully they quit making it :).
    Cntryloner Cntryloner
    51-55, F
    1 Response Apr 5, 2009

    Childhood Smells

    marlboro red cigarettes my grandpa used to smoke them. he died when i was little but i remember him as the coolest grandpa ever.
    justicebdun justicebdun
    18-21, M
    Jan 29, 2012


    The taste and smell of ginger always reminds me of gingerbread cookies. It brings me back to the times when there was no responsibility, lots of time to play, and insignificant worries. I wouldn't go back if I had the option but it sure is fun to remember.
    GuardstheGrey GuardstheGrey
    22-25, M
    Mar 18, 2012


      I have always liked the smell of rain. I could smell it all the time. When I was a little kid. I still do that at times. Its natuers way of freshing up the air. I will always like the smell of the rain.
    acjf acjf
    22-25, F
    Jan 31, 2011

    Sniffs The Air Smells Like Memmorys

    The smell of crayons - reminds me of when trying to color in the lines was the biggest challenge in life. sun tan lotion ... many afternoons of burying my brother in he sand wood burning - spending time with grandma beer- pure terrror and long nights ... brothers farts...
    alakkitty alakkitty
    18-21, F
    Apr 9, 2012


    Guess it would have to be the same smell I still miss today in my life. The smell of my GF hairs as I washed it every night with her Prell shampoo then we would brush it all for 100 strokes before bed time. To this day, I can still smell her hair than last time I washed it in...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2
    61-65, M
    Sep 13, 2013

    The Early Memories Include

    fresh calendulas and marigold flowers, chrysanthemumS, fresh tomato leaves boxes full of goodies for xmas the smell of new plastic dolls and toys avon perfumes and lipsticks ... like "moonwind, occur, topaz and charisma".... "youth dew" from esteste lauder,,,my mum had a bottle...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals
    36-40, F
    Aug 13, 2011

    Papa And Daddy

    I remember two distinct smells...shoe polish (the kind in a can) and Brut.  My grandfather kept his shoe shining kit in the hallway behind the stairs.  He would say to me go get my shoe skit and I would return watching as he shined his shoes on Saturday night. ...
    ichooselife ichooselife
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Nov 6, 2009

    My Smells...

    Lilacs! I associate lilacs with happy times playing because they were all over the place on our ranch. It was always just us kids around the lilacs.The smells of a horse. The horse itself, the smell of the the saddle.I used to grab a horse and go off all day on adventures.The...
    mcpat mcpat
    46-50, M
    1 Response Oct 30, 2011

    smell of clean linen reminds me of childhood

     When i was a child i used to use my mother's airing cupboard as a doll's house. I loved the smell of the clean linen then and it is still one of my favourite smells now, more than thirty years later
    mistygrey mistygrey
    41-45, F
    8 Responses May 18, 2009

    Sometimes What Isn't Really A Smell Is The Worst Stench Of All... (unknown)

    Smells associated with my childhood: cigarettes, my grandmothers perfume, dogs, smoke, things burning, fear, yes, fear is a smell. That's about it. I don't feel well so sorry, no actual story. Thanks for reading anyway.
    ConflictedandConfused22 ConflictedandConfused22
    13-15, F
    Nov 11, 2010

    The Garden

    We spent a lot of our time growing up at my Grandparents house. They had a huge garden and grew lots of vegetables. The most overpowering smell that always reminds me of my childhood is tomatoe on the vine. I hate it but my grandad would take the plants up and hang the tomatoes...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Sep 20, 2009

    Canteen and Baby Powder.... Not Together Though

    The smell of a canteen reminds me of my childhood.  It kinda smells like sausage rolls and brown paper bags, also Baby Powder reminds me of my childhood... i love it so much now and i know why.
    SuperRobotMonkeyTeam SuperRobotMonkeyTeam
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 1, 2009

    Burning Pine, Bbq Sausages and Nylon.

    We had an open fire when I was a kid, I loved the smell of the burning pine chips we used for kindling and the rebox and yellowbox gum logs that burned so hot yet so slowly. Dad used to get out the old jaffle irons and we'd put irish stew or braised steak in between some bread...
    cerberus3030150 cerberus3030150
    Sep 20, 2009

    I Collect Music Boxes.

    For the first three years of my life I was raised by my aunt and in my bedroom I had a small wall cabinet and when the door was opened it played music.  After I went back to live with my dreadful parents, I forgot all about my beloved, precious musical cabinet.  When I grew up...
    ScotsQueen ScotsQueen
    51-55, F
    1 Response Apr 28, 2011


    Sawdust, I remember sitting in my dads wood shop watching him make stuff.  Old boards would become toy boxes or book shelves.  My job was to watch and while I watched I was to straighten out old nails.  Funny thing was I don't think my dad ever used any of those...
    ablmu65 ablmu65
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Apr 13, 2009

    Jergens Cherry Almond

    On my worst days I rub this lotion all over my body and it takes me back to my memories of my grandmother.  My dad's mother was totally different from my mom's mother, she was very sleek, feminine, and is the person I most modeled my life after.  I loved this woman and...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    13 Responses Mar 23, 2009


    It's definitely playdoh. There's nothing quite like the smell of a fresh jar of playdoh and all the possibilities inside. 
    thehoodedartist thehoodedartist
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jun 27, 2009

    Too Many To Recount.....

    The smell of fresh mown grass on a hot summer day, takes me back to the base, spending lazy summers wandering round the camp and fields with my friends. The smell of wood and sap, takes me to a forest near the village. We would take our bikes and cycle for miles in the never...
    wardy131 wardy131
    18-21, M
    Feb 13, 2010

    Autumn And Back To School

    The good ol' school house smells;Freshly polished wood floors, chalk and new pencils. The Autumn air with cool breezes . The Walnut tree in the playground and the craft cupboard. Paint, huge jars of paste, new construction paper and a  box of new crayons. I still love the scent...
    wiseowl wiseowl
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Aug 19, 2011

    One Word...

    Mr. Bubble Bath Soap... It help makes you clean With one whiff, Im 2 years old
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    Jul 31, 2012

    Burning Leaves And Freshly Cut Grass.....

    when i think of my childhood and the smells related to them i would have to say the smell of freshly cut grass and burning leaves definitely come to mind. my father was always doing work in the yard. i can picture him in his baseball cap wearing his flannel shirt working in the...
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    1 Response Mar 2, 2011

    Fresh Almonds

    There was an almond tree just behind our back fence.  Some of the branches extended over our fence, allowing my older brother and one of my sisters to pick them. Another is the smell of sausages being barbecued.  mmmmmmm, sausages :D We used to have a barbecue...
    Koala1964 Koala1964
    51-55, M
    5 Responses May 6, 2009


    We often had a huge *** pack in the refrigerator, and my old step sisters and I, sometimes my cousin would roast them and eat them together. Also cake, I just remember attending a lot of parties, and also my mom baked those homemade no icing cakes often too. Our house smelled...
    WiltingBlossom WiltingBlossom
    18-21, F
    Nov 30, 2010


    Whenever I smell lilacs, I am instantly transported back into my grandmothers back yard. The entire back of her house was covered by a gigantic lilac bush and we kids used to make tent houses, out of blankets and lawn chairs, in it's shade.Gramma was my everything. With her, life...
    CounselMuffin CounselMuffin
    46-50, F
    1 Response Mar 30, 2011

    Devon Violets

    When I was a little girl, everywhere we used to go on holiday in South West England used to sell little bottles of 'Devon Violets' perfume.  The perfume was bright green and came in small round bottles with a Devon pixie sitting on top.  Occasionally I still...
    Tibicina Tibicina
    41-45, F
    8 Responses Mar 23, 2009


    What reminds me of my childhood is my mom and I tearing up bread and throwing it on the ground and sitting at the window and watching the crows come down and eat.  I am grown now and I still do this every day.
    ScotsQueen ScotsQueen
    51-55, F
    1 Response Mar 2, 2011

    The Smell Of Comfort

    I remember the smells of woodsmoke,Henry winterman cigars and old spice aftershave. These three things remind me of my beautiful grandad. We were as thick as thieves and I was the apple of his eye. He was my everything when I was little,he lived with us,and I miss him sooooo much...
    Surviver19 Surviver19
    31-35, F
    Feb 19, 2012

    The smell of rain, i used to live on top of a

    mountain and it always smelled like that
    anovasiangel anovasiangel
    18-21, F
    Mar 25, 2014

    pee my bedroom smell like it always did

    even I was young from my never ending nightly wetting and it still smells like that I guess that's I can have that as a comfort
    Thewingedwolfserpent Thewingedwolfserpent
    56-60, M
    1 Response Feb 14, 2016


    There is this certain brand of shampoo that my old best friend used to have at her house when we were young. I think around third grade. Once we filled her bathtub with it and it bubbled up in the entire bathroom. Since then every time I smell that shampoo I think of her.
    IPaintMyCheeks IPaintMyCheeks
    1 Response Oct 11, 2009

    Smells I Hate From Childhood

    For me that is just a much a problem as the smells I loved from childhood the smell of blood on that leather razor strap as I was beat for no reason, even worst the smell of peanut butter.
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2
    61-65, M
    1 Response Sep 13, 2013

    The Smell Of

    The smell of ciggarettes because my whole family smokes except for my mom. The smell of leather because my Godfather always wears leather coats. The smell of dog because my bestfriend's house always smelt like dog because she had a black lab. The smell of inscents (sp) burning my...
    Twihard678 Twihard678
    13-15, F
    Jan 29, 2012

    Aqua Net Hair Spray and Diesel Fuel

    The purple can of aqua net hair spray after all it was the 80's and my dad was a diesel machine at a train yard. I love the smell of diesel.
    chel0773 chel0773
    31-35, F
    1 Response Mar 23, 2009

    Soap Bubbles!

    I grew up poor, but the one thing my mother could afford for me and my sister every week, was a huge jar of bubbles! It was always in a blue or purple plastic bottle and a bubble wand was included inside the jar. So we had to dip our fingers into the soap to get it, and then be...
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    5 Responses Mar 23, 2009

    For Me,,,

    It's the smell of the beach. I grew up in a fishing village, and the smell of salt water, and thing rotting on the beach, take me back to my childhood every time.
    joesdog joesdog
    41-45, M
    Mar 14, 2011

    Aromas Of Childhood

    In the mountains where I grew up, winter smelled of chimney smoke and pines sap. Everyone burned their trash in the evenings and the smoke smell was heavy on the creek in the bitter cold of evening. My parents basement smelled of talcum powder and hair tonic as my Dad cut hair...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone
    56-60, F
    May 30, 2011

    New School Term

    The smell of all the new plimsolls in the first PE lesson of a new school term.
    plimsolledschoolboy plimsolledschoolboy
    51-55, M
    Sep 1, 2013

    Fresh Brewed Coffe In the Morning ...

    Without a doubt, it's the smell of that first pot in the morning that sends my memory through flashback mode ...  to when I was a kid on similar weather days, or locations ...  When I'm really thirsty on dry and dusty days ...  a long drink of cold water tastes...
    gottaBhappy gottaBhappy
    51-55, M
    3 Responses May 18, 2009

    The Smell Of Wood Burning Smoke.

    Since I was a child the smell of a wood burning fire always gave me a feeling of security and happeness. Today  when it's cold and I walk out into my back yard, I smell the smoke comming from my chimney. It makes me feel everything is going to be alright. derbyboy75
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    Jan 29, 2011

    Lawn-boy Mowers..

    Most that I have mentioned this to just say it's the 2-cycle engine, but to me the exhaust smell from a Lawn-Boy is a bit more distinct. Regardless.. any time I smell a the exhaust of a lawn-boy mower, I'm reminded of the simpler times when I was a child and...
    lifeslife08 lifeslife08
    36-40, M
    Mar 23, 2009

    My Nan's Back Garden

    I felt safe in my nan's back garden. i could run off and hide, play.. climb the apple tree... I would often sit amongst the grave stones of all her beloved pets, looking up at the birds in the trees.... The garden always smelt of coal burning and apples.. the arga oven burning...
    taffytats taffytats
    26-30, F
    Nov 11, 2010


    Winter snow, a real Christmas  tree, wet  mittens and frosty wet leaves.  Christmas dinner in the oven, Turkey,  pumpkin pie and  dressing .Walking to school and smelling fireplaces burning in the early morning.  Christmas presents that smelled so pretty; dusting powder...
    wiseowl wiseowl
    61-65, F
    Aug 19, 2011

    Artificial Banana Flavour

    Artificial banana flavour obviously.  I remember being four and having an infection of sorts and having to take amoxicillin. Of course the amoxicillin was banana flavoured.
    HowdyDont HowdyDont
    22-25, M
    Aug 31, 2009


    Autumn leaves, big brown paper  bags to fill with our Halloween loot. Candy corn, chocolate bars, red harvest apples covered with caramel. Peanut butter kisses.   My Halloween costume came with the plastic mask of the time..that sticks in my mind. They didn't smell good but...
    wiseowl wiseowl
    61-65, F
    Aug 19, 2011
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