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It is amazing how we are transported back to favourite memories when we take in certain scents. Our sense of smell is one of our senses most closely connected with memory.
“A number of behavioral studies have demonstrated that smells trigger more vivid emotional memories and are better at inducing that feeling of “being brought back in time than images” states an article in Psychology Today.
Oftentimes, I find myself reminded of favourite memories whenever I smell certain scents. For example, whenever I smell lavender, I am reminded of my grandmother. When I smell Old Spice (the original Old Spice), I am reminded of my grandfather. All of the smells in Chinese grocery stores or Chinatown remind me of my grandparents’ shop in Trinidad and Tobago.
I always have to smile whenever I smell Pine-Sol, because it reminds me of my grandparents’ house. It has been many years since they have both passed away, yet whenever I smell that familiar fragrance, I am taken back to my childhood and to my grandparents’ home.
I remember as a child, my brothers, cousins and I used to go to my grandparents’ house after school. Sometimes my grandfather would pick us up after school, and other days, we’d ride our bikes to their house. They would always prepare merienda for us. After school we were always hungry, so my grandparents would always make us a snack. The funny thing is our merienda/snack wasn’t anything like just apple slices and a glass of milk. Our merienda was sometimes fried chicken and rice or empanadas and freshly squeezed orange juice!
Some days we would come home from school and my grandparents had just cleaned the house. I could tell because the carpets looked like they had just been vacuumed and the house smelled like Pine-Sol!
Now that I think of it, I wonder why they cleaned the house while we were at school. We always ended up making a mess when we got to their house! I know they had a routine of gardening, cooking, cleaning, watching Days of Our Lives, Another World, and General Hospital. Yes, my grandfather was even more of a soap opera fan than my grandma, but they watched their shows together.
Back to the cleaning part — my grandparents felt that Pine-Sol made everything clean. That Pine-Sol smell meant that their floors, kitchen, and bathroom were clean.
I sometimes wonder what scents will bring back a flood of memories for Little One when she gets older. Perhaps it will be the smell of freshly baked bread. Maybe the smell of freshly cut grass? Or maybe the smell of citrus will remind her of her childhood. Citrus fruit is a favourite in this house. We always have grapefruit, limes, lemons, and a variety of oranges in our kitchen.
Maybe when she smells Pine-Sol Mandarin she will be reminded of childhood times spent in our old farm house.
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I have to say that I am a fan of lavender and anything orange-scented. My two favourite scents are the lavender and mandarin.
Heather Lynne says
This definitely happens to me, too! When I smell a certain chapstick, it takes me right back to my freezing winter days at University in Idaho! 🙂 haha
Oh wow! I had no idea that winters could be freezing in Idaho!! 🙂
Maya Fitzpatrick says
I can totally relate. So many scents bring up memories for me. And funny enough it’s always cleaning products. Love these memories of your grandparents.
The smell of baking reminds me of my childhood… we baked a LOT!
Same here! I even remember my mom’s OLD cookbooks! There were baked treats that were not familar to us, but my mom wanted to bake them because she thought they were “Canadian” (as opposed to baking things from her country –the Philippines). I never got used to those bars made with colourful mini marshmallows and shredded coconut!
The smell of roses reminds me of my grandmother.
I had no idea there were other Pinesol scents. I will have to check these out. I think I would like the lavender best.
Catriona, the smell of roses reminded my grandmother of her mother!