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The Smells of Childhood- 11 Scents That Take Us Right Back

Our lives are changing all the time and the products we use, the things we do, and foods we used to eat would be almost unrecognizable to ourselves as children. But, every once in a while you get a whiff of something from the old days and you are sent floating backwards in time to being young and playing outside or arguing with a sibling. Here are 11 of those smells from childhood- the ones that send us right back!

1) Baking Bread

If your mom didn’t bake bread at home fresh, then chances are you still grew up with this smell from your grandma or your neighbors. There’s nothing like this smell in the whole world. When you smell bread baking it just feels like everything is right.

The smells of childhood that take us right back!

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2) Cedar Chest

There was a time when a cedar chest of was on every young woman’s registry list. If you were lucky you got one- we had a Lane growing up. When you’d open the lid to get out a blanket that cedar smell would rise up like an old friend. Such a familiar smell years ago, it’s one we rarely get a chance to smell these days.

The smells of childhood that take us right back!

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3) New Baby Doll

The equivalent of new car smell for little girls, brand new baby dolls had a very particular scent.

The smells of childhood that take us right back!

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4) School Paste

That slightly sharp smell was a part of most days at school, so it became a distinct note in the miasma of growing up.

The smells of childhood that take us right back!

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5) Moth Balls

Getting clothes out of storage or opening the coat closet always meant the smell of mothballs. Our parents and grandparents used them for everything!

The smells of childhood that take us right back!

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Getting clothes out of storage or opening the coat closet always meant the smell of mothballs. Our parents and grandparents used them for everything!

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