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Old fashioned smells.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by coffeekid, Mar 8, 2020.

  1. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    That you love (or not)

    Hot tarmac and creosote immediately makes me think of my childhood, out playing or riding my bike.
    Patchouli - spilled some on my first ever passport. Interrailing memories.
    Wallflowers - I can't even put my finger on why the smell makes me feel nostalgic.

    The smell of some fried foods makes me feel vaguely miserable. Childhood stuff.
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  2. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Yardley violet scented talc - my gran.
  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Wallflowers, I agree. Hollyhocks too. As a child I lived in a very traditional country cottage with a dry stone garden wall at the front. It had wallflowers growing in it and slow worms and lizards living in the crevices.

    Boiled cabbage - the school kitchens.

    4711 cologne - my mother wore it.

    Best of all for me is the smell of a steam locomotive. There was a branch line less than 100 feet from our front door.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2020
  4. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    - Pine resin every time - a permanent childhood smell from the clothes hanging in front of the rayburn (dad worked for the forestry commision)

    - the dampish smell of rubber based rainwear in the outhouse

    - fumes and fresh wood smell from a powersaw
  5. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Box hedges in the sun. My Granny had a very neat front garden with box hedges and it always makes me think of Summer holidays there.
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  6. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Wood smoke will always be the smell of history for me.

    Wet neoprene - surfing, windsurfing.

    I sometimes sell old perfumes (including 4711) on my vintage stall, and quite a few people will pop the tops, take a whiff and tell me which relative it reminds them of. Some will even buy them on that basis.

    There's a shop in Haarlem, near Amsterdam, which specialises solely in out of date perfumes and cosmetics. Imagine the memories that must evoke.
  7. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    There are several old perfumes I'd love to have again. So far I've been unsuccessful in finding them on places like Ebay. :-(
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  8. theworm123

    theworm123 Lead commenter

    Older 60’s-built schools all just have a smell to them in the corridors, I can’t quite think what it is (could even be the floor wax) that just feels like I’m back in high school when I smell it and I love the smell.

    I was actually upset to see my old school being demolished, they merged to form a new school that’s now flooded because the developers are idiots:
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  9. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    4711 my gran loved it. Ham cooking, mum's was so good. Old Holborn tobacco. I remember grandad filling his pipe and the smell of the unburnt tobacco. Oddly I don't recall him smoking that pipe.
  10. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Privet flowers. On the estate where I grew up, every house had a privet hedge out front, some people didn't cut theirs and they would unexpectedly from these dull dark green bushes produce great sprays of white scented flowers in the summer that emitted their scent at dusk. That would be when I was playing out and I would get the scent at the time when it was time to go in, so this unexpected wonderful perfume at the end of a happy childhood time playing out with friends.

    We've a (single) privet bush in our garden now that I allow to flower freely for this reason.
  11. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I thought this thread was going to be about old people smelling of wee!:eek:
  12. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Victorian/Edwardian school buildings where a hundred years of floor polish produces an unforgettable smell, especially if you were a pupil in such a school building.
  13. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Old books.
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  14. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    You'll get there soon enough! ;)
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  15. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    I adore the scent of privet flowers? Sadly all the privet in our back garden is slowly dying.
    Lovely thread!
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  16. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Got to be that sulphurous steamy smell round heritage railways. Nearest to me is Llangollen. I occasionally get a whiff out in the country where some old farmhouse has a coal fire. The smell of gearbox or diff oil was one that I didn't like, but I know it.
  17. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    PG Tips Tea - I used to collect the cards that went with them (still got them) and when a new set came out my Gran used to buy about 40 small boxes of the loose tea (they don't exist now) so when I came for a visit I would spend an hour carefully extracting the cards from the boxes and then sealing them up again. Gran drank loads of tea and what they didn't consume she would take to the nursery she ran for the staff.

    She died many years ago when I was working as a Postgraduate student in Birmingham. My last memory of her was when I dropped in to see them on the way back from a research trip in Scotland. I had ages to catch a connecting train but she got very flustered that I would miss it so I left a little earlier than planned so she didn't get too cross.

    She died a few weeks later - I still miss her.
  18. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Aqua Manda bubble bath - haven’t smelled it in ages but can see my teenage self in a very orangey bath - bliss!
    I bought some 4711 soap from eBay recently- might also have to get the cologne to go with it.
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  19. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Sooner than I would like!
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  20. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser.

    I remember the ad but not the smell. This ad is a perfectly accurate depiction of the 1970's on my Nottingham council estate.

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