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.