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Wonderful Scents That Are Familiar and Comforting

Scents that are always used by people we know and through the years have become their own let us identify with them through these fragrances. My life has footprints of scents all their own. Beginning with my grandma – my mom’s mom whose scent was lilac and every time I smelled lilacs I thought of her. When I had my garden in Latvia and the lilacs bloomed their fragrance filled the air and I could almost picture my grandma there.

My mom was a bit more difficult to pin down. She would always change scents usually preferring one over the other. However, with time I could pinpoint her kind of scents and they always comforted me. Even after she passed on the scents lingered. You know there is something which I’ve been trying to figure out and perhaps it has to do with this scent association.

What am I talking about? Well, I have a sixth sense and I have seen and had contact from the world beyond. Whenever I have had any contact or seen my mom at first I smell her particular kind of scent. The room sort of fills up and then we connect. I will explore this possibility further. Then there is my dad. Well, he’s easy to remember by scent because his favorite scent was the original Old Spice. I so loved it on dad and for a while after he passed away when I was just 10 I could smell his scent all around. Once it faded it felt like an empty void. My dad and I had a wonderful contact one Christmas and the first thing that I smelled was Old Spice.

My old neighborhood in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York back in the states had a pizzeria practically on every corner and it was the scent of fresh-baked pizza that I associated with this neighborhood. Whenever some nostalgia strikes me all I have to do is get a whiff of pizza and it takes me back all those years.

And now? Well now let’s see my late husband used Antonio Banderas cologne blue and it’s a kind of heady scent that always lingered after he left the house and until he returned. It was that scent that I smelled for the first couple of months after he passed on.  I guess that is why for some reason I brought two of his short-sleeved flannel shirt with me when I left Latvia but I don’t think the scent has held on this long,

  • Question of

    Do you associate people and places with scents?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a favorite scent?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. The scents of the people we love, what a great discussion. Yes, I associate many scents with the things that meant something to me. i seek those scents to relax and to comfort. I think like you I would struggle to figure out my mom’s scent. She was a Chanel person for many years (number 5) but later that wasn’t her scent.

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  2. Yes I do. I can write a book of my memories. The scent that I wore on our first holiday to Kashmir, the tube roses at funerals, a scent that gives me a headache just when I think about it…………and finally Green tea by Elizabeth Arden is my perfume.

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    • I prefer to switch around with scents. However, the one you mentioned Green Tea is one of the last perfumes my late husband gave me and when I want to remember him near I spray it on. It came with me all the way from Latvia,

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