Now that we’re this far into June, it seems that pretty much everyone is out of school. And seeing all the kids out and about got me reminiscing about growing up in Florida, and what scents might have been the fragrant soundtrack to my ’60s and ’70s childhood. Here are several that prompted some happy memories:
From the first moment I sniffed it, PdN’s Kiss Me Tender had such a sweet, playful spirit about it that brought to mind spending the day at the beach with friends until the sun had sapped our energy, leaving us with that delicious languor. You know, that sleepy, lazy haze in which it feels so good to collapse and simply do nothing. And then being shocked back into life by a “brain freeze” with the icy blast of that first lick of vanilla ice cream cone at our local Tastee Freez (the only fast-food restaurant in our sleepy little burg for years and years).
The mom of a Syrian friend of mine used to make scrumptious pistachio-laden pastries that we adored, and the yummy gourmand notes in L’Artisan’s Traversee du Bosphore combined to capture that memory perfectly. Adding to the nostalgia factor, my pal used to take me and another neighbor for rides around the block on the back of his minibike, and I think I had a little crush on him.
Most memorable of all, however, were the warm evenings with twilight closing in, and us milking the last few minutes of play out of the waning light, then pedaling like crazy to get home before dark. On those nights the scent of the surrounding citrus groves wafting through the air was intoxicating indeed. Although there are many wonderful orange blossom and citrus fragrances out there, Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom captures those moments most poignantly for me. My first sniff of it was, quite literally, an olfactory “a-ha!” moment.
What scents take you back to your favorite childhood memories? I’d love to hear about them.