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Close Your Eyes And Remember


Are you old enough to know what this is?  Why it's a perfume atomizer, of course! They enabled you to spray a mist of your favorite perfume before the days when perfume came in spray bottles.  My mother had one on her bedroom dresser when I was small, more as a keepsake than for actual use, but she did have her favorite fragrance, and I bet yours did too!

Have you ever thought about how much we tie certain fragrances to people or events in our lives. That all we need to do is walk into a room where that smell lingers and we'll instantly remember someone our heart has connected with it?

My Mom.... Avon Topaze perfume, and Jergen's hand lotion

My Dad... Old English Leather cologne

My Grandma... Cashmere Bouquet talc

Papa Bear... Armani Code cologne

When my children were babies - Mennen Baby Magic lotion :-)

A friend from the past... Patchouli Oil

Ghost that visits our bedroom... cut tobacco (That one's followed me from past  houses, and both Papa Bear and I have smelled it from time to time; also the perfume his late wife wore, and once or twice I've smelled my mom's. :-) 

One night the fragrance of honeysuckle was strong in our bed. Neither of us has a memory connection with honeysuckle but we could both smell it!

Then there's seasonal fragrances, like apple blossoms, lilacs, summer flowers, fresh mowed grass, and Christmas pine branches that can magically transport us to someplace in time!

 My mother's mother had no sense of smell at all, and I can't help but think of all the wonderful scents, and memories connected to them, that she missed out on. 

Sadly, with each passing year I grow increasingly allergic to all fragrances, even flowers (though I still enjoy them, opting to endure the headaches and itchy eyes for the beauty and heavenly scent), but if someone comes into the office wearing strong perfume, or I get stuck sitting next to someone at an event that has "bathed" in it, my asthma kicks in and it gets very hard to breathe.  I so wish that wasn't true, because I love things and people that smell good!   What fragrances from the past do you remember?
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I'm linking up with Msrupole's Theme Thursday 
where the prompt this week is "fragrance"

24 comments:

  1. I can relate to this. My fathers Old Spice. I don't wear any perfume anymore because so many folks are so sensitive. It works for me.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. You are very kind in doing that, sadly most people translate "allergic" as "don't like it" and they take offense. Unless you are coughing or sneezing people don't really understand how miserable it can be to deal with... headaches, breathing problems, etc. It can make me sick for a whole day.

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  2. Smells are a very strong memory for me as well. I remember my mom wearing Chantilly.

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    1. I think it's pretty cool how most of us associate a scent with the memories we have of our mothers. I guess as kids we must have thought our moms smelled pretty good! :-)

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  3. very wonderful post....and I want to express my sadness at 2shoestuesday shutting down,,,,,I like to post where there are less than 25 or so other linkies, so I can read all and think them all thru...But I do understand from your viewpoint...

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    1. Thank you Joanne, I agree that sometimes the smaller blog hops are more user friendly than the huge ones, I just didn't have the time to continue with it, and there wasn't a great deal of interest in participation.

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  4. I never had an atomizer but I do have several lovely perfume bottles. I like quite a few different perfumes but my favorite of all time is Joy by Jean Patou. I have always had a small bottle of the perfume - I've worn it in good times and bad!!!

    My Theme Thursday "fragrance" post is at:

    http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2013/03/theme-thursday-fragrance-ah-roses-march.html

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    1. I love it when one has "signature" scent that becomes theirs over the years, and remains with them thru the ups and downs like a comforting friend! :-)

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  5. one of my pet peeeves in life...those that bath in perfume or cologne...way back in college I use to get nauseated walking behind groups of girls from one class to another. I decided many years ago that choking on someone's perfume is far worse than their tobacco.
    great post..you covered the whole gammut except maybe the aroma of a bum in an alley

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    1. You and me both GS! It's a really sensitive issue to me, because people get so defensive no matter how nicely you try to tell them that you can't breathe because their perfume is filling up the room and making your lungs and eyes burn. People become desensitized to smells, so they don't realize how overpowering it is. Perfume is supposed to be for your personal space, and shouldn't be noticeable from 30 ft away!! I am highly allergic to both perfume and tobacco, but I think smokers have come to expect nagging about the stink, so they are less reactive. I believe that personal freedom of expresion extends only as far as it doesn't limit my freedom to breathe clean air! Ah yes, many of our clientele are street people, that's another level of aroman entirely! ;-)

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  6. Old Spice...my grandfather can't stand it
    English leather ...first boyfriend
    Patchouli oil....first husband
    Gram...Cashmere bouquet talc
    I am highly allergic get migraines from colognes and perfumes, used to make the girls go outside to put perfume on when they dated they couldn't come back in until after the date by that timeit had dissapated.

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    1. Patchouli oil is one of my favorites, Len, perhaps because it is a thowback to the 60's and I associate it with good memories, I'm doubting that's the case for you. There are scents I detest because of who they remind me of, and some that make me smile. Did all our grandma's use that same talc? I can still remember what it's container looked like! :-) Even worse than being bombed with perfume, was teens and their cloud of hairspray... it sticks in your throat and lungs and makes breathing next to impossible!

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  7. Interesting discussion. Scents can conjure memories. I have worn musk since I was 16. Old Spice makes me think of my Grampy, even with him gone 28 years now.

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    1. MyGuffy Ann, you had a Grampy too??? I haven't known of anyone else that called their grandfather that until now! Very cool!

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  8. Josie, as McGuffy said, what memories are brought forth by scents. For me, it's a lot of stuff to which I am now wildly allergic, after 30-plus years of secondhand smoke in nightclubs singing jazz... Mom before her gigs, Tigress cologne (and the furry cap on the bottle); Dad, his apple pipe tobacco and Old Spice; Auntie Ruth, who didn't like to bathe much, showering herself with Midnight in Paris (cobalt blue bottles I cherish). Home was fresh-cut grass, different wildflowers, Mr. Gehrett's famous marinated chicken on the barbecue... and now my mouth is watering! What a lovely post, and some great responses, so good on you! Love, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/03/18/life-cycling/

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    1. I remember the pretty blue bottles Midnight in Paris came in, Amy. :-) There is nothing that brings back sweeter memories to me than the smell of fresh-cut grass. How I wish we had some in our yard that I could squish under my barefeet! And now that you've mentioned chicken on the barbecue, my Dad's was wonderful, mouth watering here too! :-)

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  9. I love what you wrote here. Scents can truly make you remember someone. When my mom died last year and we were going through her things we found a sweater that she wore all the time. One of my sisters said it smelled like Mom and so we all took turns smelling it and when my youngest sister smelled it she burst into tears, grabbed the sweater, ran up to her room and went to sleep crying her heart out while holding the sweater next to her heart. Let's say that no one argued about her keeping the sweater and since our mom lived with her we felt she should have what she wanted. I hope the sweater keeps the smell for a long time. I found another sweater she wore sometimes and it had her smell too. I am thinking it is a good thing she did not wash her sweaters very often.

    I totally know what you mean about some people using too much perfume being allergic to so many things. It is funny that I can wear perfume as long as I use a small amount. I have also found that using the perfumed body washes works fairly well. I have just a small amount of perfume on me and you can only smell it if you get close to me.

    I love those atomizers and the memories they bring back. My mom and stepmom each had them on their dressers. Thanks for bring back those memories.

    Thank you so much for sharing such a memorable post with us for this weeks Theme Thursday. I hope you are having a allergy free weekend.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you for such a nice commment Mrsrupole! I could make a long list of memories associated strongly with scents in my mind, I'm sure we all could, and for the most part it's a pleasant thing to ponder! I had an old nightgown of my mother's that I wore after she died, her scent offered a bit of comfort and faith in the belief that she hadn't really gone so far away.

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  10. My aunt wore Patchouli. I often get a strong scent out of nowhere of Sandalwood. Wonder what that's about?

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    1. I love, love patchouli, if it's not to overly powerful, Carrie! Sandalwood is another fragrance in my memories of those years. Didn't everyone have Sandalwood incense sticks burning? I wonder who your visitor is. :-)

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  11. Every time I get the scent of moist soil, a pleasant memory always springs to mind of a family drive-in that my family and I frequented when I was a kid. It didn't rain much that time so I am still not sure why that memory connection comes into play.

    I just remember playing with my siblings at a small playground area before the movie started, just being a happy kid. =D

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    1. What a delightful scented memory, Alex! I love the smells of earth... soil, grass, wind, rain! Now most of what grows makes me sneeze, but I don't mind. Those were wonderful carefree days in our childhoods, weren't they? It's a good thing we don't know what's ahead of us in life, or must of us would probably turn coward and beat a hasty retreat under the bed!:-)

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  12. I had forgotten about Avon's Topaze - my great-grandmother used to wear that, but I actually always associated with her the scent of leather and Listerine. (She worked in furniture.)

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    1. This made me smile, Alice. Now that you mention furniture, I took woodshop class in highschool and I absolutely love the smell of newly sawn wood. My husband and I keep talking about setting up a woodshop, it would be place of wonderful smells!

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