What fragrances can’t you wear because of a negative emotional association?

I’ll start. Mine is Tobacco Vanille. I love the scent (I think), but wore it during and immediately after college, during a period in my life when I was up to no good. The smell reminds me of waking up hung over in strange places next to strange people; curse the Tobacco Vanille longevity, because it would become lodged deep in the fibres of my clothes and the first thing I’d smell when waking up not knowing who that was or where I am.

I tried it on again for the first time in years yesterday at the store, and I just can’t stand it — not because of the smell necessarily, but because of the memories it recalls. Wondering if others have scents that haunt them like this, that they wish they could wear but for whatever reason just can’t.



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