Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Have you ever felt like a blast from the past when you got a whiff of something – a soap, an oil, a perfume, or certain spices? The scent of green Pears soap always reminds me of my College sophomore years – specifically, sitting around and talking to friends while waiting for my turn at taking a bath. That was when the soap was introduced in India, and I bought it for the first time. Now, everytime I smell it, I long for those carefree days of joy and wonder.
An aroma from my childhood – the tea my Aunt used to make in Mumbai. A smell so distinctive, that I’ve never detected it anywhere else. Believe me, I’ve tried several types of tea, thinking the magic is in the tea dust. But I finally came to realise that it may have been the milk, or the overall atmosphere in her flat just contributed to the feeling of hominess in the tea.
Another favourite – the essence of cardamom. Mom used to grind cardamom pods and keep it in a glass jar for use in curries and desserts. And for some reason, opening the jar and smelling it used to make my mouth water ( actually, it still does).
One I detest – the stench of eggs poured down the sink….blergggggg. I just want to puke when I detect even a trace of that.
There is a French movie “Perfume” based on the premise of scents, and how one man set off on a quest to make the perfect scent. A must watch movie, though a little gory at times.
So, what smells and scents make you, You?
This is a post for Discover Prompts, Day 15: Scent