Smell is an amazing thing. You can suddenly catch a whiff of this, or a scent of that, and in an instant be transported to another place in time. The best smells are the ones that bring on that beautiful sense of nostalgia…those days of innocence spent frolicking around the garden. Or the ones that instantly make you feel five years old.
Our sense of smell is particularly incredible because it is the sense that is the most closely linked with memory. That’s how it can conjure up such pure memory and emotion.
For me, there are certain things that just take me right back to my childhood. That bring all those childhood memories of simple, innocent days to the front of my mind in an instant. Things like Crayola Crayons, Hubba Bubba bubblegum, Play Doh, fusty old playing cards, smelly pens, and the lilac in our garden.
And then how could I leave out Pix N Mix after hours spent ogling the sweets at Woolworths? But very rarely having the money to by anything. Sad times indeed! My teeth have thanked me at least.
Now let’s talk about the Argos catalogue. The next best thing apart from flicking through pages of oooooooh I want one of those, and what the heck is that? had to be the smell of Argos catalogues. Freshly printed paper and endless amounts of pointless browsing.
Thinking about my own daughter, I have no idea what the smells from her childhood would be. I’d like to think it would be our family home, probably her My Little Ponies, the waft of pancakes at the weekend, spaghetti bolognaise in the slow cooker and the lavender out in our garden. You know, all those little things that make up everyday family memories.
But I do also love to create other scents in the home and for that I do love a candle. Right now I am obsessed with the luxury scented candles from Parks Candles – especially their gorgeous limited edition Mother’s Day Candles. I’m hoping through their use I will be creating a whole other raft of smell memories for our little E. I am all for creating special childhood memories and what better way to do that than through the power of the sense of smell.
I practically swoon every time I catch the aroma from their Rose candle and their Baby Powder edition takes me right back to the baby days – so much so my womb actually has a twinge every time I smell it. I’ll leave you to decide whether that’s a good or a bad thing haha!
So while there will always be childhood memories created by the things little ones interact with on a daily basis, it’s also nice to curate that a little bit. My little bit of curation comes with my two Parks Candles. Why not gift the memory of aroma this Mother’s Day – because hey! we’re doing it for the kids!
*I was paid for my time writing this post, and received a complimentary Mother’s Day set of candles from Parks Candles