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October 18, 2013

Smelling memories

"Why does smell seem to act as such a powerful memory trigger? First, the olfactory nerve is located very close to the amygdala, the area of the brain that is connected to the experience of emotion as well as emotional memory. In addition, the olfactory nerve is very close to the hippocampus, which is associated with memory as you learned earlier in this article. 

The actual ability to smell is highly linked to memory. Research has shown that when areas of the brain connected to memory are damaged, the ability to identify smells is actually impaired. In order to identify a scent, you must remember when you have smelled it before and then connect it to visual information that occurred at the same time. According to some research, studying information in the presence of an odor actually increases the vividness and intensity of that remembered information when you smell that odor again." - Excerpt from 10 Facts About Memory by Kendra Cherry

There you go. A little lecture on how smell is linked to memory or vice versa! You can learn about it by clicking the link above! Today's prompt is to name at least three scents that trigger a good or bad memory. Isn't it amazing how scents can transport us back to places or events and remind us of people? Cool beans! As for me, I'll be sharing perfumes and a shampoo that bring good memories back! 

1. Fashion Fever Eau de Parfum - It's that perfume pictured above. I bought it at Sasa (a perfume store) at Senado Square, Macau during our tour last year. I kid you not, it smells like the lobby of Galaxy Macau! So, everytime I would spray it on, memories of Macau would flash before me - the amazing Diamond Show, the Crystals, the feel of the Casino, walking at the streets of Macau late in the evening, the wonderful Venetian Macau, the singing gondola man and much more! I would love love to come back there someday!

2. Penshoppe's Bella Scent - I think this was the very first perfume that I finished. Lol! I tell ya, I rarely finish a bottle of perfume. This one reminds me of this high school memory. Whenever I would wear or smell this perfume, I would remember that certain event - our practices, tours, bonding moments, the night itself and the winning moment. Which is why I dub this as my 'good-luck perfume'. Lol!

3. Palmolive's Silky Straight Shampoo - Lol! It's the violet one. This was the shampoo I had brought to Baguio during the TeenNegosyo (a week-long business seminar for students) during high school. This smell reminds me of the things we did other than attending the seminar. Of course we had to do the tourist thing since we don't always go to Baguio. We went to the Mines View Park, Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, Philippine Military Academy, the Cathedral and more! I think we even rented a Taxi or a jeepney for that. Haha! It was a really fun experience!

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What scents remind you of good things?


  1. For me it is Hugo boss - the first perfume I ever bought was from duty free and it reminds me so strongly of being fifteen again!

  2. I've heard of Hugo Boss but dont know how it smells like! But I'm glad you have a scent to remind you of your teenage years! :D

  3. Huge perfume fan here and I had to pick a cologne scent though for my husband. Loved your choices though Mary! Happy Friday :)

  4. So true! Every time I smell the blue Polo by Ralph Lauren, I remember being in Europe - I bought a bottle there. This is a bit embarrassing, but I changed my perfume after each break up. For some reason it reminds me of the relationship!? I would've thought it was the guy's perfume that I'd be avoiding. >_<

  5. That's true Mary, scents carry super powerful memories. Every time I smell my 212 perfume, it takes me back to some of best-est moments of my life! :)

  6. Omg you are so right about perfumes, I should have thought of that for mine! Perfume choices mark chapters of my life...I've never repurchased a scent so it's really definitive of a time. Also I see you've changed your side bar picture since I've been gone! SO GORGEOUS! You have perfect perfect skin!