My mom and I recently sorted through a bunch of boxes that had belonged to my late grandmother. Midway through our excavation, I opened a box of jewelry, expecting a bunch of Avon necklaces and stick pins, when out wafted a cloud of scent that brought happy tears to my eyes. Memories of my grandmother's soft skin and silky grey hair filled my head as her perfume, White Shoulders, filled my nose.
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I have plenty of great memories of my grandmother (her fried chicken, her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and her frightening driving skills), and I have been lucky enough to inherit many of her possessions, including furniture and jewelry. But it took her perfume to make me feel like she was right next to me. Sense memory is funny like that.
I've had similar experiences when I am in a room where someone is wearing my mom's signature scent (Estee Lauder's Youth Dew), or when I smell the perfume my best friend wore in high school (Exclamation by Coty, which I can't believe is still around). Ralph Lauren Polo takes me straight back to middle school summer camp dances.
What scents inspire your favorite memories?