Connecting painful memories to fragrances...

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    9/11/13 at 7:57pm

    Suppressor said:



    Most of us know that scent can be a powerfull memory trigger. 

     

    I have this problem with 2 fragrances, Terre d'Hermes and Cool Water. 

     

    When I received the news that my grandfather died, I was wearing Terre d'Hermes.

    It was in the morning, not long after application so it was going strong. 

    On the funeral, I was wearing Cool Water. 

     

    When I use these fragrances, I get transported back to those days.

    The effect is the strongest with Terre d'Hermes.

    Those mineral/earthy notes are literally creeping me out.

    To me it's a very dark fragrance. Extremely dark and depressing.

    9/11/13 at 8:10pm

    PoorHomey said:



    I was just thinking about this the other day.

     

    I amassed a pretty large collection of fragrances during 2002-2007ish, but almost all of them were forgotten about and stored in a closet over the past 6 years and I've had only a few bottles I've worn off and on daily.

     

    I pulled them all out a couple of weeks ago and have been digging through them - many of them I'd forgotten I even owned but smelling them has brought back extremely vivid memories of my life when I initially acquired and wore them.  A few of them have brought back great and pleasant memories, many of them have reminded me of things I'd preferred to have left forgotten.

     

    One in particular that has practically been ruined for me is Rock Crystal by Olivier Durbano.  I was wearing it on a day I made an extremely costly error while trading stock options (Intended to buy 10 contracts, accidentally purchased 1,000 contracts)  Lost ~$17,000+ over the course of about 15 minutes.  Every time I smell it it brings back memories of that day.

    9/11/13 at 8:10pm

    PoorHomey said:



    I was just thinking about this the other day.

     

    I amassed a pretty large collection of fragrances during 2002-2007ish, but almost all of them were forgotten about and stored in a closet over the past 6 years and I've had only a few bottles I've worn off and on daily.

     

    I pulled them all out a couple of weeks ago and have been digging through them - many of them I'd forgotten I even owned but smelling them has brought back extremely vivid memories of my life when I initially acquired and wore them.  A few of them have brought back great and pleasant memories, many of them have reminded me of things I'd preferred to have left forgotten.

     

    One in particular that has practically been ruined for me is Rock Crystal by Olivier Durbano.  I was wearing it on a day I made an extremely costly error while trading stock options (Intended to buy 10 contracts, accidentally purchased 1,000 contracts)  Lost ~$17,000+ over the course of about 15 minutes.  Every time I smell it it brings back memories of that day.

    9/11/13 at 8:14pm

    Mimi Gardenia said:



    I was unable to wear L'heure Bleue and Eau de Soir for a long long time because they reminded me of my grandmother who passed. I wore both a lot during the period just before she died and at her funeral .

    I got over the associations after 5 years- it will go eventually ,Suppressor and PoorHomey - it takes time . I think it will happen when you are ready to let go of the association .

    9/11/13 at 8:15pm

    Preston H said:



    I had to sit through a 8 hour deposition wearing Tuscan leather. I loved it before then, now its not the same..

    9/11/13 at 8:31pm

    heperd said:



    In the last couple of months Ive just started to be able to wear Tiffany for men again. I guess I was wearing it a lot while my dad was in the hospital a couple years ago. When I put it on last year i was transported to all the times i was walking from the parking garage and up to the giant looming hospital building and was filled with a feeling of doom. A feeling of getting ready to face whatever horror I would have to deal with that day. Very weird and bad. 

    9/11/13 at 9:05pm

    cello said:



    This is very true, and very real. Don't be ashamed of thinking about associations.
    I know that I am currently going through a very rough break up, and I have not focused on fragrances, nor worn my favorites very much due to this. I want to just get through the days, and wear something that will not have associations with this time.
    Our sense of smell is acute and lasting. Both. Our minds associate them, as we are programmed to do for protection, with whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. It is natural. But a pleasure will come again from a smell, just in time. A memory may come with it, but if you enjoy a fragrance, it will come back at some point to that good smell.

    9/11/13 at 9:18pm

    hednic said:



    Sometimes the association is even too painful to speak about even now, years after the fact..

    9/11/13 at 9:34pm

    danieq said:



    This is fascinating to me because I've not ever experienced fragrances this way.  My first fragrance love was Obsession for men, worn by my first BF.  The breakup was devastating but I still love the frag.  I've actually been wondering how this is the case for me since I've read bits and pieces about this on the boards here.  I guess I have a different sort of reaction.


    I still love Coty Wild Musk (well, the idea of it).  My mother wore it, but I have very few good memories of her.  She was and still is a very mentally ill person so you might think I'd hate even the thought but I don't.

     

    Hmmm, maybe I should see a shrink.

    9/12/13 at 1:47am

    Aromaphile said:



    Dior Homme does that to me. 

    I was wearing it a lot when I was going through a long depression.

     

    Every time I smell it I get reminded of how I felt at the time. It's an instant reaction.

    9/12/13 at 2:21am

    The_Scentinel said:



    As much as I like the fragrance, Tuscan Leather for reasons I won't go into.

    9/12/13 at 4:53am

    Johnny_Ludlow said:



    There are few fragrances I connect to intense physical illness. Hard to wear now.

     

    I must remember to wear Irisss and Xerjoff Homme to highly unpleasant events of all sorts. That'll save me some thousand euros.

    9/12/13 at 6:49am

    Mimi Gardenia said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cello View Post

    This is very true, and very real. Don't be ashamed of thinking about associations.
    I know that I am currently going through a very rough break up, and I have not focused on fragrances, nor worn my favorites very much due to this. I want to just get through the days, and wear something that will not have associations with this time.
    Our sense of smell is acute and lasting. Both. Our minds associate them, as we are programmed to do for protection, with whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. It is natural. But a pleasure will come again from a smell, just in time. A memory may come with it, but if you enjoy a fragrance, it will come back at some point to that good smell.

    (((Cello)))

    I instantly gave up wearing Mitsouko when I went through my divorce which was devastating to me years ago .I should not have given up Mitsouko because I loved it before I loved the man ( ha ! I realise I love Mitsouko very much more than I did the man anyway )  but our minds do weird things under stress and pain .

    There is a certain Chanel Les Exclusif that just brings me bad luck as well - darn it.... I know it sounds silly but I wear it with trepidation now ...if at all. I need to exorcise that Les Exclusif ! ( Won't even mention the name ! ) 

    9/12/13 at 7:01am

    Tony T said:



    Summers ago I would always wear 360 Red as my ex at the time loved it..

    Then she stole 100 dollars from me..

    we broke up and I have moved on but I specifically wear it around the house nowadays