"Long summers. Getting mucky in the mud. Sneaking a spray of our mother’s perfume. Playdough. The school canteen...
Childhood is the place of our formative scent memories, and like a circuit, we can be tripped back there by the tiniest whiff of a smell encountered later in life. But when asked to think about the scents that have meant something to our childhood, what exactly are we regressing to? Particular memories, feelings, moods, a sense of danger, or delight? And are these our own memories, or a collective sense of nostalgia for a time that is lost?
Stay up well past your bedtime, and prepare for a very special Scratch+Sniff as we find out how the young brain creates and cements scent associations, explore how generations will have experienced different sorts of smells, and peruse the very idea of the privilege of childhood. As ever, while experiencing a cornucopia of delightful perfumes and scents that may trigger some memories…"
Some of the scents tonight are provided by the lovely people at Escentual.com
18:10 We are having intermittent problems with the WiFi in The Book Club, so we may have to resort to live tweeting. If it all goes quiet this end, check out @basenotes on twitter. The event starts in about an hour and twenty minutes, so join us then!
Due to WiFI problems, we Tweeted the event. Below are our Tweets, and some of your responses.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter to your childhood scent memories...
if someone can recreate the smell of a freshly opened He Man action figure, they have a sale right here
My father's Old Spice and Brut.
apples in the cool laundry, curly-leaf parsley from the garden, burning toast, cotton sheets, old car, wattle and eucalyptus
Sawdust and dirt
cigarettes (nan had a 40 a day habit!), dirty streams, stinging nettles.
Mashing hops and beer by-products (ie marmite) ; lilac from the garden ; wet dog
charcoal BBQ, wet wool, rain on hot pavement
biscuits in the school cookery room, lemon, wax and pencil crayons, hawthorn hedges and Avon Topaz perfume
buttered toast, cream of wheat, granny smith apples|apple butter|jam, fresh cut grass|cow manure, pine, breakfast foods, beach
white paste, new Crayolas, vinyl Barbie dolls, sharpened pencils, garden tomatoes, Muguet du Bois
A perfume, I don't know which it was, that an aunt of mine was wearing. I was sneaking in the roo… (cont) http://deck.ly/~JWeAJ
dad's Old Spice, Playdough, Vesta curry, school milk, my nan's chips!
Next months Scratch & Sniff is Mythology & Perfume. More details and ticket info can be found here.