THE MOST EVOCA­TIVE SENSE

THE RIGHT FRA­GRANCE,AT THE RIGHT MO­MENT, CAN FLOOD US WITH NOSTAL­GIA, YEARN­ING AND EVEN LOVE. OF ALL OUR SENSES, SMELL IS THE SUB­TLEST, AND THE MOST EMO­TIONAL. IT NEVER FOR­GETS. FEEL­INGS BURIED FOR DECADES RUSH BACK AS IF THEY NEVER WENT AWAY. MEM­O­RIES OF

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LOCAL REPORT - AS TOLD TO JARED ETHAN BLAKE

The fra­grance that stands out most for me would be Happy by Clinique. It’s my mother’s sig­na­ture per­fume. The scent al­ways had a way of light­ing up a room; it smells like a gi­ant flower ar­range­ment in­ter­spersed with the fresh­est fruits. When I was a kid I took the name quite se­ri­ously. I as­sumed that my mom was lit­er­ally ap­ply­ing a lit­tle bit of hap­pi­ness to her body; this didn’t turn out too well for my mom, as I ended up spray­ing it around like it was a hal­lu­cino­gen.

‘The scent al­ways had a way of light­ing up a room’

The heady scent of SA’s in­dige­nous fyn­bos mixed with salty sea air will al­ways cat­a­pult me back to an un­for­get­table hol­i­day in Plet­ten­berg Bay where my boyfriend and I met aged 16.When­ever I go back, the un­usual fyn­bos fra­grance hits me and I smile re­mem­ber­ing that sum­mer. For me, the smell will for­ever be syn­ony­mous with beach walks, fun nights and the ex­cite­ment of young love.

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