No, not the Skynyrd song, but a brief, very unscientific look at
our my brain and how we I recall events by smell.
Since a teen, I have always used an after shave. I realize that some folks consider them to be poison, but I do not. Over the years I have tried several different “flavors”, but have a few that keep finding themselves in my virtual shopping cart.
Through the day, I’ll catch a faint whiff now and then and it helps me relax. At the end of the day as I losen my tie, the now released, faint reminder of twelve hours ago, gives me a little jolt of energy. Think of time released aromatherapy.
My wife and I went simple on Christmas presents this year. I offered a list of a few DVDs and books I was interested in and on a whim, a couple of “retro” after shave lotions that I hadn’t used in many years.
One of them was Halston Z-14. I’m not sure when I stated using this, but now recall events from senior year in College, graduate school and my first job as a licensed funeral director in Freehold NJ, ( that would be 1982-1984). As soon as I “slapped some on” Christmas morning, my brain was startled by the memories that came flooding back. The elements of the the aftershave quickly opened up pathways in my brain that had laid dormant for several years. It was almost distracting.
I poked around a bit and came accross this article by Tom Stafford, Why Can Smells Unlock Forgotten Memories? The article reminded my of a neurophysiology class I took in college…fun, but heavy-duty learning.
Enough with the rambling. In conclusion, aftershaves have at least two common denominators with wine. One being alochol and the other being funny descriptions of what they taste/smell like.
Here is the description of Z-14:
Top notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Green Note, Basil, Cypress, Gardenia. Middle notes: Geranium, Jasmine, Coriander, Cedar, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cinnamon. Base notes: Musk, Tonka Bean, Oakmoss, Amber, Benzoin, Leather.
Does anyone have a similar experience with smells?
The “com-box” is open and waiting for your thoughts.