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Scented memories

Updated: Apr 13, 2019

Does scent affect our memory?

We all have that one person in our family that simply makes the best apple pie, no doubt about it! No matter what style you prefer; apple tartin, apple struddle, crumble, or Dutch style, they all have a few things in common; they are made with delicious apples, pastry, and a delicate balance of sugar and spices. A recipe held dear in most families, and one to only share with those you love.


A friend of mine had purchased one of my apple pie candles some time ago and had it burning while working on her computer at home. Her husband came home, inhaled the smell while walking through the front door, and anticipated to find his wife’s apple pie, his favourite. Upon finding his wife in front of the computer, and the kitchen empty from any trace of baking, he looked puzzled at his wife whom stared at him with a big grin on her face, pointing at the candle.


My point is not to make your mouth water (I promise!), but more too point out that the simple sharing of a story like this can take us all back to our own memories. I am certain that while reading this story your mind has wandered off to relive your own memory about that fabulous apple pie you used to enjoy as a child, and maybe even as an adult. And as we go through our day we often pick up smells in our environment that remind us of something, it triggers a picture in our mind, a story, an emotion, or a sensation. It can be good or bad, but our memories are closely linked to our sense of smell, whether we like it or not.

Id love to hear one of your scent linked memories!




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