No matter where they come from, there are always specific scents that take us back to certain memories of childhood, former relationships or summer trips. There are also memorable smells like:
- Coffee in the morning
- Camp fires
- Pop corn
- Your favorite sanitizer
- Home-made bakes
- Hotel rooms
- New cars
- Clean laundry
- Orange in winter
- Your mom’s perfume.
If you take a stroll down your memory lane, what would your favorite scent be?
For me, it’s Coco Chanel. I strongly associate this fragrance with my mother, who used to drench herself in that perfume and has always been loyal to it. She wore many perfumes along the years but that one was her signature; this feminine musky flowery scent fills my heart with a feeling of safety and security. If they asked me to choose a smell for my comfort zone, this would be it.
It’s like an alert for when she comes back home! I would run to the door to give her my usual hug and take the candies or gifts she always brings. And when she was away on travels, I would go to her room, open her closet and smell the perfume off of her clothes because I missed her, and it worked every single time. I would instantly feel better.
I bet that Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel never knew her perfumes would have such an impact, bringing familiarity, and relief to whomever smells them. This deep perfume diffuses many memories that were just as strong and vivid, and no matter how much times change, along with the memories, that scent is still there. Back then it was airport hugs, coming home from school, Saturday evenings, summer trips to the North Coast and family days out. Now that I’m older, it reminds me of success, confidence and how to be a self-assured woman. This scent is glamorous, but it is only so because my mother wears it. My role model and the most influential woman I have known.