A Sensory Stroll Down Memory Lane

September 17, 2021 2 min read

Tobacco Cedar candle in a glass container next to old books

Have you ever experienced something that seems to teleport you right back to a completely different time in your life? Maybe it’s tasting food you haven’t had since you were a kid (Dunkaroos, anyone?), or hearing a long-forgotten jingle that used to play on repeat during prime-time TV. Whatever the case may be, sensory-triggered experiences can have a lasting impact, which is why Kalamazoo Candle Co. is honed in on one in particular that is near and dear to our hearts— smell.

Take a moment and think about some of the scents that resonate most with you (there are no right or wrong answers here). For instance, does the smell of freshly mown grass make you think of carefree summers running barefoot as a child? Or maybe the warm scent of vanilla and cinnamon takes you back to fond holidays spent laughing with your family and friends? Aroma-tied memories are our inspiration here at Kalamazoo Candle Company, and we’re devoted to finding new ways to transport you, even for a moment, into a space of joy and calm.

The “Why” Behind Our Sensory Sensations (or is it scent-sations?)

Why exactly does our sense of smell have such a powerful impact on us? We’re going to need to channel our inner Bill Nye for this one. Ready? Smell is, in fact, the sense that is most linked to memory, most likely due to how close the olfactory center is to the memory hub in our brain, and memories have a unique power over our emotions.

Recently, there have been studies done on patients with Alzheimer's and Dementia where researchers were able to trigger the memory portion of the brain (what is most impacted by these diseases) with scents that resonate with each individual patient. (Cool, right?) This biological tie of smell triggering an emotional response is truly instinctual, the same way an animal can use their little sniffer to sense danger before anything happens...and the same reason your pup comes running at the slightest whiff of bacon.

Our noses are powerful, and we think they should be respected for all the work they do. That’s precisely why every combination of fragrances used in our Kalamazoo Candles are designed withyoursnoot in mind. Stressed and in need of a calming walk down an herb-lined garden path? We’ve got a scent for that. Feeling nostalgic for your grandmother’s baking? Yep, we’ve got you covered there, too.

Even if there isn’t an aroma that quite hits the spot for you, we’ve still got a solution— we’ll help you create one! Why not channel your inner celebrity and invent your own DIY designer fragrance? Our team of Candle Connoisseurs will help you from start to finish so that you can celebrate your incredible senses the Kalamazoo Candle Co. way!

Browse our entire collection of candles, or click here for more information on mixing up your own unique candle fragrance.

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