Have you ever noticed how certain smells will take you back? Being fascinated by the way the brain works, I know that the olfactory cortex shares a direct link to the hippocampus, which stores our long term memories. All the other senses are processed in the thalamus. Maybe this is why, out of the blue, we sometimes get a whiff of a scent and are transported back in time.
This happened to me recently - I switched soaps because I became allergic to the soap I was using. I have a tendency to develop allergies to things. Shampoo, lotions, soaps, and deodorant (a particularly nasty allergic reaction last time that happened!). So anyhow, I was using this fragrant soap that I loved and starting getting the massive itchies, so I knew I had to switch to something very mild, and switch fast!
As I was perusing the soaps in the store, I recalled that Ivory is supposed to be very gentle. I had used it years ago - in high school I guess. I picked some up and brought it home.
I'd forgotten all those evenings I spent cleaning my contact lenses. Thank goodness two week disposables came around by the time I hit college, along with the multipurpose cleaning solution. Whew, so much easier!
Have you had any surprise memories from scents lately, readers?