Fragrant Memories, fragrances that evoke emotions.

As I wandered around Selfridges and came across the Luxury Fragrance Gift Sets by Clive Christian I found myself thinking about the memories a fragrance can evoke.


They say that the sense of smell is closely linked with the memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. It is also an emotive sense which means that a scent or fragrance can transport you to a memory or an emotion that you had at that time. They refer to this as an Olfactory memory.

I’ve always had a heightened sense of smell and linked fragrances to people. I once was in hospital and couldn’t open my eyes but I knew that my mum was there from the smell of her perfume.

But this year more than ever I have found a comfort in fragrances that I never had before.

Since my dad passed away I find myself missing everything about him from his voice to his smell. My dad had several fragrances that were what we would call his scents.

As I grew up I learned the names of his favourite aftershaves and once I was earning I would enjoy buying them for him. I would buy him the fragrances that I knew he loved, the ones that smelt to me like my dad.

Now on days when I miss him to the point that my heart hurts, I take out one of his aftershaves and I spray it around the house or on to my clothing if I am going out. I find it comforting to have the smell that I grew up with around me, to remind me that my dad’s essence is still very much with my family and I.

I know that my mum also takes comfort from my dad’s aftershaves. And I am sure that we aren’t the only ones in the world who cherish the fragrances of their loved ones lost.

This December Clive Christian are giving you the chance to win a prize with their advent calendar, to enter:
1.     Every day, Clive Christian is hiding advent baubles on their website
2.     Every day, a clue is posted on Instagram to help the user find it on the website
3.     Once the user has found it, the user must take a screen shot and post it on their own account and tag @clivechristianperfume
4.     Each day, one person will win the daily prize!

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  1. Sincerely, Alice
    December 19, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    This broke my heart. Smells can be so comforting. I’m doing long distance with my boyfriend and sometimes when I’m having a down day I spray his cologne on my pillow to fall asleep. I’m so sorry about your father. May he rest in peace.

  2. livelovetravelx
    December 19, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Sweet post.
    It must be nice and sad at the same time to be able to smell the scent of your father.
    Hope you’re doing okay, and able to enjoy Christmas.


  3. CherishingFLo
    December 20, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    THIS is beautiful and I can relate. One of my best friends when I was a little girl always smelled of Vanilla Bean because of her shampoo. One she passed away it became one of my favorite fragrances that always comforts me and reminds me of the good times I had with my best friend.

  4. Suffering Wanderlust
    December 21, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Smell really is so important, whenever I’m missing my boyfriend and I’m at university I’ll put on his hoodie! I’m sure it must be hard but happy at the same time to smell your dad’s scent, I hope you’re okay!

  5. Meera BP
    December 21, 2017 / 11:10 am

    I can’t even imagine how tough it must be. It’s strange how the body works sometimes, the fact that a simple smell can make you feel so many things. And it’s even more confusing when it can make you feel both happy and sad at the same time! Lovely post.
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