Have you ever noticed that a particular scent can bring forth a rush of vivid memories? The smell of baking might remind you of spending time at your grandmother’s house when you were a small child. The scent of a particular perfume might remind you of a summer fling or a special event.
Nearly everyone has experienced a moment when a fragrance brings a memory of a long-lost moment in time crashing back to the forefront of their minds. It is amazing that a few simple airborne molecules can trigger such vivid recollection isn’t it?
As and Independent Scentsy Consultant, Independent Scentsy Consultant love watching the expressions on people’s faces as they go through my Scentsy fragrance testers for the first time.
In particular, I love at a Scentsy Party when they pick up a scent, sniff it, then immediately go back to take in an even bigger hit! I know at that point that something has connected in their mind and it is making them feel good.
My eldest daughter is a real Scentsy Kid! She has been in love with the Scentsy Fragrance “Sunkissed Citrus” from the time that Scentsy launched in Australia. She used to call it “Orange Lolly Pop”. She still delights in repeatedly rubbing her face into the laundry when I use the Sunkissed Citrus Washer Whiffs. Her look of rapture brings a smile to my face every time.
I find that “Clean Breeze” evokes memories of the two mothers in my life- my own mother and my mother in law. Coming into their house to sit down for a cuppa on the weekend in between their busy efforts with the housework.
According to research, the actual ability to smell is highly linked to memory. Studies have shown that when areas of the brain connected to memory are damaged, the ability to identify smells is actually impaired.
In order to identify a scent, you must remember when you have smelled it before and then connect it to visual information that occurred at the same time. According to additional research, studying information in the presence of an odor actually increases the vividness and intensity of that remembered information when you smell that odor again. (I wish I had known that back in my days of frantically studying for exams!)
What fragrances do you link to something or someone special? I would love to hear your thoughts.