Originally Posted by Gennaver
My gram, her sis ate sen sen...so did I. I found it years after her sister died and it was no longer in the little bits but the bits seemed ground and added to regular shaped mints and came in a roll. They were strong but yummy and I used to load my mouth up with them until I couldn't stand it anymore and had to spit them out!
Ooh! I remember something like sen-sen, which they still have in Asia, and in some Asian food stores in the States. Yummy stuff!
As for my mom's favorite scent. . .
My mom very rarely wore her perfume, Norell. She saved it for special occasions. Sometimes I would spray it on myself, and she'd caution me not to waste it, because we didn't have a lot of money to buy more.
As I grew older, we had more money. Towards the end of my time living with my parents, we moved to California, where my mother fell in with women who collected perfumes. However, they collected them for the bottles -- not caring about the scents. To that whole group of women, opening the bottles was a NO-NO. (These women are the kind who rent entire storage sheds to store their collections. . . . Thank goodness, my mother was never that bad.)
As a result, my mother started buying perfume bottles, unsmelled, and even started sending me some! Most of her collection are floral perfumes, which I abhore. So I just give them away. A pretty bottle doesn't cut it for me.
I still associate her with Norell, though, and recently saw a small mini which I purchased. It doesn't smell the same, and I came to find (through Basenotes and Perfume Emporium) that it's been reformulated by Five Star. I've worn it on occasion (as I'm not averse to OPENING and actually USING the perfumes I buy. . . Horrors!), but it doesn't suit me the way it did her.