How smells can take you back

How smells can take you back

Certain scents evoke memories that stay with us from when we were little. But what do they mean and why is it good to recreate them?


Who hasn’t caught a bit of a long-forgotten scent and felt instantly transported back to childhood? Whether that’s orange blossom from your granny’s garden, exotic scents from that once-in-a-lifetime holiday, or pine needles from the first time your family bought a real Christmas tree, scent can trigger wonderful memories.

Many people mention similar fragrances when they think about happy times as a child. Common favourites are fresh linen, fish and chips, lavender, soap and freshly mown grass. More unusual choices include creosote, cigars and bacon.

In our brains, the sense of smell is the one most closely linked with memory – far more so than sight, sound, touch or taste. We store accurate information about scent for years – all it takes is the slightest hint of an aroma and we’re off down memory lane.

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So with just a little help from our noses, it’s easy to cheer ourselves up. You can feel happier just by scenting the aroma of something with a good memory attached to it. So think about the scents that make you happy, and use Ambi Pur with a touch of Febreze to bring them into your home. It works in two ways.  First it eliminates any unpleasant odours, then it replaces these with something altogether more pleasing to your nose. There are loads to choose from – from reminiscences of childhood scents like Meadow, Vanilla or Cotton Fresh, to uplifting florals like Wildflower, Lavender Sensation or White Petals, it’s easy to recreate those aromas that mean so much, and enjoy a happy home filled with scent.

Now, it’s over to you – we’d love to hear which aromas get you remembering good times from when you were a child. Do you take a trip back in time whenever you smell roses, or are you transported when you catch the scent of old-fashioned soap?

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Acarr90

Acarr90

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I am currently using the Ambi Pur 3volution plug in with Spiced apple, Vaniilla and cinnamon fragrances. The smells alternate every 45 minutes and each time I smell it change, it makes me feel very warm and festive. Always makes me think of nice cold winters cuddled up on the sofa watching all the Christmas films and also Christmas day itself. Makes me smile every time it changes x

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KAYC41

KAYC41

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There is an Avon perfume called timeless that when I smell it puts me in mind of my mum as this was her favorite perfume. My gorgeous mum is no longer here and whenever I smell that it is the best smell in the world. Love it x

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regarding the sense of smell bringing back memories, I am 61 yrs old and I whenevr I smell a hot water bottle I remember my Nana it brings back memories of sleeping in the bed with her with I was very young. She died when I was only 6 years old so I think the memory will be over 55 years ago, it also reminds me of the light switch hanging down near the pillows it was like a brown egg with a push switch through the middle. Gorgeous memorys a smell brings back of a special times so long ago.

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The one I remember most fondly is burning garden rubbish. When I used to visit my grandparents down in England I always noticed this smell. Maybe because in Scotland it's not as warm as the midlands so the smoke doesn't linger, or maybe because I lived by the sea. But even now as an adult if I smell that smell, I'm transported back in time to my holidays with my dear long gone grand parents and it evokes feelings of happiness and calm for me x

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ellio

ellio

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The smell of talc always take me back to sitting on my nans lap as a youngster and her ready me A bed time story

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