There are certain scents that cause everyone's mind to wander to another time. Biscuits baking? My mind goes to mama's kitchen. When I smell an orange or tangerine, my mind goes to Christmas Treats that churches always gave out at Christmas, when I was a kid. We seldom had oranges unless it was Christmas time.
If I smell Pine-sol, I know the bathroom is clean or being cleaned. LOL! If I smell Carnations, I think of a funeral for some reason.
Some ladies change their preference of perfumes as time goes on, or they are introduced to another, newer fragrance. I do not remember my mama having perfume, but I was always concerned when I read 'toilet water' on bottles! Smelled good but the name didn't make any sense. But I remember mama always smelled good, just like mama!
I bought my girl some Chanel #5 once. I don't remember if she suggested it, if she had used it before or what. But today if I get a whiff of Chanel #5, I think of my lover. It is still her favorite fragrance (and mine).
Sherry and I have been making trips to Florida for many years. WE have spent our winters there mostly since 1998 (methinks). Once down town Bradenton, Florida I smelled a strange odor. I could not identify. Bradenton has a Giant Tropical Orange processing plant. Someone said, "Tropical is burning orange residue, peelings etc."
The Florida smell I remember most, I only smelled once, HUGE and in abundance. One morning in the campground I went outside and was hit by one of the sweetest natural smells I can remember. The air hung with a scent so heavy it seemed unnatural. Sherry and I stood there enjoying the smell and she says, it must be the Orange Blossoms. I did not think of it, but that is what it was. I have caught the scent a few time since, but that day it was like you could feel it.
Oranges have a long picking season, it is so long that sometimes the trees bloom with fruit still waiting to be picked. Blossoms do not hang around long, they have a job to do, they are not just a flower, but a precursor to some magnificent fruit, the citrus.
But for folks who like camping or the outdoors, there is nothing like the smell of the campfire