Is there a product that you use that brings back memories of someone you love or miss?
Friday, December 05, 2008
Certain scents remind me of different periods of my life--specifically men's cologne. Don't come around me with some Tommy for men. That has 9th grade sprayed all over it, and my mind will jump immediately to my first barnyard tolo. As a consequence of my scent memory, I've always enjoyed collecting the perfumes and lotions that remind me of people who have been truly important or significant to me. This means that Obsession for women will lead me to believe that my mom's following me, and that White Shoulder will make me think my grammy is hiding in my bathroom. The latest of these scents has been Caress' Moroccan Body Wash. I've talked about my thing for Caress before, but this is in a different sort of category. It's not the everyday scrubdown sort of shower gel--but more like an in-shower lotion that is slightly residual, but in a very very good way. A way that makes you feel as though you've already moisturized your whole body long before stepping onto your bathmat. Although my dear Grandma was far from Moroccan, something about the scent makes me feel as though I'm five years old, sitting in her kitchen waiting for her to finish making my keke Tonga. Although it contains starflower oil and cassis cream, it smells more to me like a very intense mix of baby oil (or maybe powder?), with lolo Tonga. It's probably the most comforting scent I own, but I reach for it when I want to take a jog down memory lane.