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#ScentMemories

Claire Vukcevic

I grew up in a house that was originally a forge, built in the middle of the Irish Famine in 1846. My abiding scent memory is not of perfumes but of certain domestic smells surrounding the house and its rural setting – the scent of radiators heating up, boxes of gently-corroding school essays in the study, saddle soap, tack rooms, coal fires, sweaty horse flank, and our back kitchen, piled high with root vegetables in storage and failed yoghurt experiments. My mother is very sensitive to this, but the house was always freezing – you could see your breath when you exhaled. But it was a home full of love, and that’s what really matters. The perfumes that give me a Proustian shudder are all ones that evoke one of these smell memories for me. Chanel Cuir de Russie reminds me of the horses I rode out for a local racing stables, while Slumberhouse New Sibet reminds me of the eerie smell of potatoes and deserted tack rooms. And every time I smell Montale’s Aoud Cuir d’Arabie, I am reminded of the way the air inside our lunchboxes smelled on the day before school started, after a long summer of sweating, closed, and unaired, in a dark closet. I am sure that the creators of these perfumes would be very surprised to hear it, but these perfumes smell 100% Irish to me.

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Shannon Peters

When my boyfriend and I moved in to our new flat earlier this year, we received Aesop’s Olous room spray as a moving in gift. Eager to mask that ‘new home’ smell, I was quick to spray every inch of every room with the stuff. With a few top-up spritzes every other day since, its blend of heavenly galbanum, grapefruit and jasmine hasn’t just lingered, but it’s basically nuzzled its way into every crevice and every fibre. Now, every time I open the front door, I’m reminded of that same excitement I felt when we were first handed the keys.
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Carson Parkin-Fairley

My mother and I would make rose ’perfume’ together. We would go to the garden and pick the tender, fragrant petals, take them back and pour hot water over them. The soft, fresh aromas would rise in a plume of rosy steam. Creating this bond with rose at such a young age, means I cannot help but fall for a rose perfume of any variant.
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Linda Pilkington

My first recollection of comment on a smell was our Nanny baking a cake. We were allowed to spoon out the remains of the bowl as she placed it in the oven. We hung around the breakfast room eagerly waiting for 20 minutes and as the aroma of a baked cake emerged, my two sisters and I got more and more excited. It was a Victoria Sponge for my sister Michelle ‘s birthday and I think I was 2 and a half  years old.

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Viola Levy

Getting a bottle of CK1 for my 12th birthday; having graduated from Lego & Barbie Dolls, I remember feeling very grown up!

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Lynn Quixall

My favourite fragrance is Anais Anais. It was my wedding fragrance & still reminds me of my special day. I Met my husband in July 1979, engaged in Sept 1979, married in Nov 1979 & still happily married to this day (38 years).

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Christine Nagel

Christine Nagel - 1 Sofiaetmauro (1)My first olfactory memory is the smell of the Italian talc that my mother used / wich use my mother : Borro talco. It always reminds me of him. This olfactory chord is so much anchored in the Italian culture that today I still perceive / smell it in certain contemporary Italian creations,

Jasmine Hoy

Angel-Mugler – reminds me of when I used to play football, before I left for a match on a Saturday morning I would sneak into my mams room and spray Angel. I felt like it was my good luck charm!

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Amanda O’Shaughnessy

Diptyque Eau Duelle – my first Diptyque scent discovery, but most importantly the fragrance that I wore on my wedding day. Not only does it make me feel elegant, it will forever take me back to the most magical. love-filled day of my life!

 

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