Yesterday I finished up my container of Jergens Lotion. It was the kind with Shea Butter, super good for dry skin and has a nice scent. It’s a large container as you can see, and I’ve used it for a long time.
When I reached under the sink to see what else was there, I pulled out the Jergens with the original scent. I slathered it on my legs and arms.
And I was instantly back in my mother’s bathroom. Now she’s been gone for over 14 years, but that scent said MOTHER in all capital letters. My mother was never a “little old lady.” In fact, when she was in the retirement center, she worried about the “little old ladies” who didn’t have someone to speak up for them.
Isn’t it interesting how an aroma or scent can do that? Old Spice makes me think of my father. The smell of Popcorn also makes think of my dad. I grew up eating it and later popping it for my family.
I use scents in my writing, trying to capture that emotion that we connect with certain things in our past like….
Fireplaces. I LOVE the smell of wood burning in a fireplace. It makes me feel safe and cozy. Sometimes I have word burning fireplaces in my books and sometimes gas ones. Depends on what the characters and story needs. In one book I created two fireplaces. 🙂
Smells can also be bad, the dead skunk that you pass on the highway, rotten eggs, throw-up. Sorry, but it’s that smell that makes others throw up. Likewise, dirty diapers. I’ll be happy to never smell that again. LOL
So, what are some smells that move you emotionally? What food smells make you hungry. Authors, what scents do you use in your writing? Love to hear from you.
And sense I won’t be posting here again until after my favorite holiday, let me wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and good food.
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