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What Scent Takes You Right Back?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to retry Proactiv Solution after a 10-year hiatus. The second I rubbed the exfoliating cleanser on my face, the scent transferred me back 10 years, when dinner al fresco and nights spent with my buddies on the beach were the norm.

Not that I find the scent of Proactiv to be one of my favorites. However, something about its distinctive aroma provided an astonishingly vivid flashback. It's called olfactory memory, which essentially is the brain's ability to channel memories via scents. So, while I'm partying like its 1999, tell me your favorite sensory memory — one that truly gives you a sense of yesteryear.


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ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
Perfumes, and the colognes of ex boyfriends. The smell of certain ones makes me ill now, I can't stand Tommy Girl and most of the AXE sprays.
AMP AMP 8 years
Oh and Estee Lauder's Pleasure's brings me back to HS when all my friends started smoking and would try to cover themselves with Pleasures before heading into the house.
AMP AMP 8 years
I think Burberry Brit smells exactly like Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth perfume. So whenever a friend is wearing Burberry Brit (I refuse), it brings me right back to 1990 and the little electric pink spiral bottle.
lframe lframe 8 years
Liz Claiborne takes me back to highschool. Complete with the geometric bottle.
Pinkpassion Pinkpassion 8 years
Everytime I smell Dove soap it reminds me of when I was a little girl spending the night with my grandmother and having her bathe me. She's now deceased and I miss her so much! Those days with her as a child were some of my happiest memories.
emilyaline emilyaline 8 years
Tommy Girl and Sun Ripened Raspberry lotion from Bath and Body Works!! I almost feel like I'm in the Jr. High locker room getting ready for athletics again!!! Everyone wore those!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
Eternity for men makes me sick - HS homeroom Ck One - college Dolce & Gabbana por homme reminds me of an ex
Triste3030 Triste3030 8 years
Sweet Honesty by Avon takes me back to Junior High, and Candies perfume takes me back to High School, as does Mambo by Liz Claiborne. Does anyone still wear it?
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
i've just giggled at the 't-gel' comment because the smell polytar shampoo really reminds me of growing up! :) perfume wise definitely armarni elle/she you know the one!! my friend wore it the other day and i was like 'oh my gosh .... that smell!'
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
cool waters, lucky you make me think of when i was in the first years of high school. ralph lauren romance on first dates with my first boyfriend. and clinique happy for the memories of my mom buying my own first bottle of perfume when i was 14. there was some cotton candy smelling spray thing that came out when I was a kid... can't remember the name of it but I remember wearing it when I was like 9... now the smell would probably make me sick but I loved it then. hehe
tazzie961 tazzie961 8 years
Tommy Girl and CK One remind me of being a teenager. Also those Impulse body sprays!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
versace by versace! when i was little i thought you instantly became glamorous and pretty when you sprayed that on. so now that i think about it, i really want to get it now!
chelseacbboyles chelseacbboyles 8 years
haha Polo Sport and all the Polo's for that matter will always bring me back to middle school dances and dancing to Mariah Carey ballads circa 1997 with 13 year old boys who were shorter than me.
Torance Torance 8 years
For me, it's the Victoria's secret PINK sprays. I wore a different scent through different times of my life. Blue for the summer, green first semester of college, etc. Now I have good memories connected to each scent!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Oh and Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson that is middle school also, but on the girls side!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Anais Anais- 9th grade it was my perfume of choice. Polo-middle school and all the boys wore it, I gag if i smell it now Drakkar-high school and all the rednecks thought they were the shiz wearing it Old Spice is my childhood scent, my dad wore it. which always makes me a bit sad.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
The United Colors of Bennetton perfume makes me think of 6th grade because it's the scent I wore. Now I can't smell it because it makes me too nostalgic and sad; I had so much fun that school year.
brandysbug brandysbug 8 years
B&BW Plumeria-scented items remind me of early high school (mid-90's) - and VS Dream Angels Heavenly (I think that's what it was called) and ClubMed blue-something-or-other remind me of college partying days and ex-boyfriends!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
CK Obsession
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 8 years
CK One and Clinique's Happy.
GLB67 GLB67 8 years
Lauren reminds me of high school (gotta love the eighties). The Body Shop vanilla perfume oil reminds me of the mid 1990's (party time!!).
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Elizabeth Arden's Green tea and anything that smells similar. It's not a scent that suits my recent fragrance taste but it's nice to smell sometimes since I associate it with a time I wasn't stressed much so I find it relaxing.
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 8 years
Definitely Gap Dream and Gap Heaven. My sisters and all had it. We also wore Sunflowers and Clinique Happy...
tripleee tripleee 8 years
CK One and Gap Heaven. Good ol middle school.
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