The Impact of Odor 1

smellMost of us take our sense of smell for granted but we forget how much of an impact it has on our lives. Our sense of smell is tied very strongly to our memory. Certain scents will bring back strong memories. Perhaps the smell of baby powder can reminds you of when your kids were little. Lily of the Valley reminds me of my grandmother’s perfume. What are other aromas you have associated with memories? Do the scents of baked goods, smoke or leather invoke memories for you?

Because our sense of smell can cause almost immediate sensory recall, how can we use this to our advantage? There are a lot of ways to do this but one of my personal favorites is to choose a single perfume to take with me on a vacation. I use that fragrance exclusively during the vacation and when I get home, I put that bottle away for a few weeks. When I am needing a break and to decompress, I dig that perfume from out of my vanity drawer and spritz it on. I am immediately whisked back to my vacation and all of the delightful memories associated with that perfume.

How would you use the power of sensory recall to your advantage? How else might you use sensory recall? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!


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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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  • Cee

    If you mean “odor”, i.e., a distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one, someone with garlic breath stands out for me! LOL If you mean a nice scent, I love the scent of fresh herbs from the garden. If you mean fragrance, I have to agree… there are many fragrances that have warm memories for me. My mother wore White Shoulders. Our boys liked Irish Spring. Hubby wears Grey Flannel and Aramis. I don’t wear fragrance much any more, but I used to love Shalimar for evenings out and Estee Lauder’s White Linen for day time. MMS’s Lotus is one of my faves for body mist.

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