Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - BEAUTY -

Smell is the sense most con­nected to our mem­o­ries.

One whiff of co­conut oil and I’m brought back to the beach in Bar­ley Cove in West Cork where I spent my sum­mers as a child, coated in co­conutty sun lo­tion.

Ice cream, sand­cas­tles, li­los, lis­ten­ing to Now That’s What I Call Mu­sic cas­settes on my Walk­man, while chew­ing Jaw­break­ers and wear­ing stonewashed, dou­ble-denim ensem­bles, hop­ing Mum would let us watch the Carry On film when we got home, which al­ways gave me strange feel­ings. Oh yeah — all that from one lit­tle whiff of co­conut oil. The nos­tal­gia-in­spired For­get-Me-Not scented can­dles, be­low, €9.95, from Ir­ish com­pany Bog Stan­dard, avail­able from The Kilkenny Group and retailers na­tion­wide, are tiny time ma­chines. There are six scents to take you back in time, such as Paddy’s Meadow, Kitty’s Cot­tage, Molly’s Gar­den, Emily’s Par­lour, Rosie’s Lane and my favourite, Baby Grace, with its “joy and prom­ise of a new life”, boast­ing a pow­dery flo­ral fra­grance with notes of iris and rose, en­hanced with bal­samic musk and sweet vanilla.

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