Certain things can take us straight back to childhood in an instant – whether it’s an old song or a road we used to live on.
But smells have the power to transport us back to the good old days, too.
And a new study has revealed the top nostalgic scents that trigger memories from growing up.
A poll of 2,000 adults revealed that freshly-cut grass, certain meals (such as Bolognese and roast dinner) and crayons are among the top scents that take us back to childhood.
While the smells of grandparents’ homes and mothers’ perfumes cause memories for 18 and 19% of Brits, respectively.
More than three-quarters (76%) also say certain aromas evoke nice memories – with 61% even stating these nostalgic smells can even have a positive impact on their mood.
What’s more, 58% claim smells they enjoy can even help them to unwind when they feel stressed.
Other scents that made it onto the list included Play-Doh, pencil shavings, lavender, medicines and paints – such as oil, acrylic and poster.
Dr. Angharad Rudkin, a clinical psychologist, speaking on behalf of decongestant brand Olbas – which commissioned the research – says: ‘It is incredibly powerful what feelings, emotions and memories certain smells can evoke.
‘From childhood memories to feelings of comfort and relaxation, it is clear that what we smell can have a profound impact.’
Top 20 smells that remind us of our childhood:
The study also looked into the nation’s favourite smells in general and found that curry, bonfires and the interior of a new car topped the list.
While leather shoes, freshly laid tarmac and fireworks are among the more unusual scents that make people happy.
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