The memory-triggering powers of smell are well documented; research has shown scents can arouse more detailed recollections than our sound or sight senses.
So, for instance, while hearing Bic Runga’s Sway on the radio will certainly remind you of the ’90s, encountering a smell you associate with that era will take you right back. It’s probably the closest you’ll ever get to time travelling.
Lucky for all you ’90s kids out there, the beloved decade produced many, many signature scents (not all of them good, mind you).
From the top notes of Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden, to the sickly sweet aroma of those scented textas you loved in the early days of high school, these are the 17 smells that will give you an instant nostalgia hit.
If only phone screens had scratch ‘n sniff properties… Apple, Samsung — are you guys listening?