I read once that scent is the sense most connected to memory and I absolutely believe that to be true. While pictures and songs can certainly help me recall different places and events more clearly, catching a familiar scent is what truly transports me back.
I received a (gifted) package from C.O. Bigelow last week and as soon as I opened the box, memories of the first trip Dave and I took alone together after Charlie was born came flooding back to me. We stayed at the High Line Hotel in New York City (one of our favorite travel hacks: hotels are cheap right before Thanksgiving!) and being able to completely focus on one another for the first time in over two years felt gloriously indulgent. The fact that we were in such a fabulous hotel in one of our favorite cities in the world to do said focusing made the trip nothing short of magical–truly one of the best vacations we’ve ever taken.
On our first morning in New York, I jumped in the shower…a treat in itself, since I usually showered in the evenings after Charlie went to bed at home. The bathroom was stocked with C.O. Bigelow’s lavender peppermint products. I loved them so much, I proceeded to stash the mini bottles in my suitcases daily so I could bring a bunch home! Now, that smell always reminds me of that trip, and, more importantly, how relaxed and joyful I felt throughout it.
Opening this package and reminiscing about NYC made me wonder about more of the scents that invoke my most vivid memories. Here are a few that came to mind:
My dad’s spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove–my family’s house in Virginia when I was little
Jo Malone Nectarine and Honey Blossom perfume–a sweet girls’ weekend in Atlanta with one of my best friends when I was in college (I had packed a sample of this perfume)
Peonies and lilac together–our wedding day
Orange blossoms–walking through Villa Borgese in Rome on our honeymoon
Huggies newborn diapers–our first week at home after Charlie was born
Jasmine–this trip to Charleston
What are some of your strongest scent-related memories? (And if you have a special occasion coming up, I love the idea of choosing a special perfume or candle or something to be part of it!)
C.O. Bigelow gifted me these products to share on Instagram, but this post is not otherwise sponsored by them–just inspired! If you’re interested in trying them out though, take 10% off through the end of the year with the code LISAJANE.