Scent Memories

Scent has the power to evoke, and even create strong memories. It’s why when you ride Soarin’ at Disneyworld, you can smell flowers when flying through India. And while I didn’t go so far as to create an olfactory experience for my wedding guests, I did my best to create one for myself. I wore a specific fragrance during all major wedding planning events and on my wedding day, hoping that that perfume would forever remind me of the happy memories any time I wear it for years to come.

Gardenia Jasminoides

My first scent memory: I was probably older than most who will answer this question. But I remember my sister and her husband taking me to see The Prince of Egypt in theaters, and smelling her Bath and Bodyworks Gardenia scent throughout the movie. I generally am not a huge fan of florals, but I have a weakness for white florals when my mood is right.

The smell I associate with love: Either Oud Wood by Tom Ford (my husband’s fragrance of choice) or Sidi bel Abbès by Serge Lutens – my wedding day perfume.

Happiness smells like: Hard to not be happy when I’m smelling Oud Wood or Sidi bel Abbès! Baking bread and pain au chocolat do it for me too. My sweet grandfather would bring me pain au chocolat every day when I’d go visit my grandparents in France during the summers.

Regret smells like: Acqua di Gio by Armani. I’m sure we all have “regrets” that wore this circa high school.

Heartbreak or loss smells like: The sea.

Sunday morning smells like: Espresso and turkey bacon.

Monday morning smells like: Tobacco Vanille and exhaust.

If you could have one smell on your hands forever, what would it be and why? Something smokey, but spicy and complex.

Friendship smells like: Spiced red wine!

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