I’ve heard our sense of smell is the biggest trigger of memory. When we smell something familar it can instantly take us back to a certain time or place in our lives.
I am a creature of habit, I will use the same ‘beauty’ products for ages. The smell of two products brings back instant memories of best and worst times in my life. They are both shower gels that I went through phases of using.
One shower gel is a purple one I’m not even sure what smell its supposed to be. I was using this relentlessly when my husband had his cardiac arrest. When he was in a coma I took it to the hospital for the nurses to wash him with to remind him of home. Comas are an enigma so I was hoping it would somehow help. I played him his favourite music around the clock too. He probably just woke up to tell me to turn the frigging thing off. So anyhoo that was an emotionally difficult time in my life and whenever I smell that bodywash it reminds me of that time spent in the intensive care ward, hoping and even praying for him to wake up, and wake up ok. Even my husband can’t use it anymore.
The other body wash is a zestly lime one, it reminds me of a tough time in a hospital also but tough for a different reason, the birth of my son. It was hard at the time but I love that little scallywag so much that whenever I smell the zestly lime it reminds me how lucky I am to have such a smart, loving, little boy in my life. Every time I smell it I breathe it in like it’s life itself.
Smell and memory has such an amazing connection. What smell in your life takes you back?