Smells Like Nostalgia - Weekend

Smells Like Nostalgia

Weekend readers share scents that take them back in time

By Marymil M. Cabrera

The scent of your grandfather’s perfume wafts through the air, or a whiff of fresh-cut grass, or the sweet smell of mango juice and all of a sudden, you are immersed in a flurry of memories, often from your younger years. There are even scents that you cannot identify but they bring you back to those good old days. A familiar scent does take you on a trip down memory lane as the olfactory system has one of the most direct lines to emotional processing. Readers tell us what aromas remind them of summers past.

Edison Cabucos 24

System Operation Engineer

“The peculiar fragrance and stunning vibrant colors of cosmos flowers. The flower’s scent and vibrance radiates refreshment and positivity. There was a time when I let some emotions out at the shore, when suddenly a good friend came up to me and said, ‘Smooth seas don’t make a good sailor,’ then handed over a string of cosmos flowers. That was definitely a flower to treasure, and a moment to remember.”

Beth Lobitana-Alojipan, 28

Wildfolks Studios

“Scent is like photographs in that it makes you reminisce moments and remember things and special people in your life. I remember when my best friend in high school, Klea, gave me a perfume. It was Zen Zest’s Tangerine and ever since, it has been my favorite scent. It makes me remember the hues of summer – those golden hours spent with family and friends in my high school days.”

Faizel Tan, 25

Fashion Designer/Makeup Artist

“The blissful scent of my favorite perfume, Sunflower by Elizabeth Arden, reminds me of the ocean. As the scent rises, it fills the whole room with its fragrance – making everything more enjoyable like a blast of wind during a hot summer day. I also like the way the scent comforts me. It takes away all my worries on a hot sunny day.”

Gleanzzy Reyes, 23

Management Trainee
Kit Properties Inc.

“Growing up, I would always know that summer had arrived when the scent of freshly mowed grass and dried leaves welcomed me as I’d wake up on a warm summer morning. I was also quite fond of the Plumeria tree, also known as “Kalachuchi.” Its sweet smell has always been nostalgic and fascinating. I fondly remember thinking how such a tiny flower could give off a wonderful and captivating aroma. Even until this day, whenever the fragrance of this small flower reaches me, I am back once again to waking up at home on a warm summer morning surrounded by the tang of freshly mowed grass and dried leaves.”

Glenn Noval, 22


“The scent that reminds me of summer is the scent of trees, specifically mango trees. I live in an area that is surrounded by different kinds of trees, and during summer, the smell of mango trees really stands out. That, for me, is already the sign of summer.”

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