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To think that the 70's and 80's smelled more?

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TheHouseOnTheLane Sat 07-Nov-15 12:13:55

It may sound odd....I have a very acute sense of smell and many of my memories are tied up with smells.

I can recall the most faint but specific odors....I can sort of bring them back.

THe smell of the outdoor bounds centre my class went to for two days when I was 10 in 1982. Positively VICTORIAN in it's smell.

My friend's house....shit and mince.

The hall behind the chapel....wet coats, cheap rubber and dust.

Is it just me?

I still have a strong sense of smell but scents are far more pleasant now...

BillBrysonsBeard Sat 07-Nov-15 12:20:49

Not odd at all! Places did smell more.. Now everything is odour free, certain things can't be released into atmosphere, air conditioning/filtration is everywhere.. And we have scented candles, air fresheners, perfumes to make our homes smell lovely. One place that still smells the same to me though is old church halls!

TheHouseOnTheLane Sat 07-Nov-15 12:23:08

Bill Yes! Old church halls! Bloody love that smell.

I suppose there was coal around then....and as you say people didn't really have air fresheners and scented candles weren't a thing...

MardyBra Sat 07-Nov-15 12:29:07

I think this woman has a lot to answer for.

PeppasNanna Sat 07-Nov-15 12:31:58

I swear my sense of smell is so strong, in my next life im coming back as a sniffer dog!

I remember in smells.

I have dc with ASD & totally relate to their sensory issues, though they are the extreme! ( poor dc vomiting due to an air freshner)

I think we use many more products nowadays so things smell less... in some ways!

OverScentedFanjo Sat 07-Nov-15 12:33:56

I don't know, I visited my old school from the 80's last weekend. The sports hall smelt exactly the same.

DC classroom has its own unique smell.

BrianButterfield Sat 07-Nov-15 12:37:56

I was only around in the 80s but stuff did smell more. Cars smelt a lot more and there was more smoking around. Pubs used to give out a great waft of beer and smoke when you opened the door which they don't any more. Public buildings (due to inadequate heating and lack of double glazing) used to smell very damp and musty quite often, especially Victorian ones (now mostly replaced with efficient and clean-smelling newbuilds!)

NoonAim Sat 07-Nov-15 12:44:05

60s and 70s houses smelled of chip fat and cigarette smoke, and in the winter, soot from the coal fires.
My mum's friend's house always smelled lovely to me - of cheap hairspray and fags smile

SirChenjin Sat 07-Nov-15 12:45:39

Definitely more smells about - and not necessarily good ones. We showered and washed our clothes less frequently, we smoked, and I don't really recall airing our houses being 'a thing'. Now our homes smell nice, we air, we shower, we don't smoke's a nicer place to live!

Agree with the smell of church halls - love them smile

NoelHeadbands Sat 07-Nov-15 12:46:24

I think Glade do that shit and mince fragrance

I miss the beer and smoke smell that used to hit you when you opened a pub door.

TheHouseOnTheLane Sat 07-Nov-15 12:47:20

Noon yes! And my mate's Dad smelled of beer and Brylcreem!

7to25 Sat 07-Nov-15 12:48:15

I am old and the other day was remembering that "men" smell hat you rarely get these days.

TheHouseOnTheLane Sat 07-Nov-15 12:48:52

Noel I'd buy it I tell thee! It smelt very....real.

TheHouseOnTheLane Sat 07-Nov-15 12:49:33

7 was it Brylcreem or Old Spice or something? With fag smell?

emotionsecho Sat 07-Nov-15 12:50:08

Flowers actually smelt in the 70's. I always remember when walking past houses, meadows, in parks, gardens, etc., being enveloped in the most beautiful scents of so many different flowers and plants, nowadays there is just nothing, beautiful looking but devoid of any scent.

QueenLaBeefah Sat 07-Nov-15 12:51:29

The 70s smelled of booze and fags.

MrsMolesworth Sat 07-Nov-15 12:51:39

Christmas used to smell of cigars. I loved that smell. And tubes, buses, cafes, restaurants and cinemas smelled of cigarette smoke.

GiddyOnZackHunt Sat 07-Nov-15 12:55:16

The 80s smelt of Impulse and cheap hairspray!

I loved the smell on a still night in autumn when the coal fires were lit.

Pipestheghost Sat 07-Nov-15 12:57:35

My grandad smoked a pipe and my dad cigars, I found the smell of both very comforting. Classrooms and school halls had a certain smell which I don't find at dc's school, I think it must be the cleaning products they use now.

IguanaTail Sat 07-Nov-15 12:58:02

Plus car exhaust fumes were stronger. There used to be less extraction in kitchens so you could smell cooking a lot more. And in schools they used to be allowed to use much stronger products and bleach etc, so they smelt stronger.

Pipestheghost Sat 07-Nov-15 12:59:23

I loved the earthy smell of the local green grocers, now a thing of the past.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 07-Nov-15 12:59:43

M & S Frankincense Christmas candle smells exactly the same to me as the box we used to keep our Christmas tree decorations in when I was a child, although my mother doesn't get it at all. (And yes, I do buy it for that reason!). Apart from that, Christmas used to smell of Christmas tree and oranges. Boxing day smelled of spilled beer and stale fags. France smelled of Gauloises, sadly no longer. Spain was pine trees and drains.

IguanaTail Sat 07-Nov-15 13:02:02

Yes, Spain has a very different smell. As soon as you get out the plane the smell hits you. And that building rubble and heat smell in the airport.

Gruntfuttock Sat 07-Nov-15 13:02:57

The early 70's smelt of patchouli and Giorgio Beverley Hills, perfume-wise.

GreenPotato Sat 07-Nov-15 13:03:07

I loved shake n vac woman! I still sing that song when hoovering (despite not actually using shake n vac) kids think I am mad

Yes the 70s ponged. Maybe it's because your sense of smell is stronger as a child but also the march of cleaning products and obsession with not having a smelly home these days. I remember a friend's house that smelt so strongly of stale biscuits. Another that smelt of mould and damp, though it was a big posh house.

Our town was smelly too, and that makes sense because a lot of new environmental laws have cleaned up rivers and factories quite a bit.

Still, my MIL's house today would give any 70s home a run for its money. Stinky dogs, crumbling victorian furniture, out-of-date food and bat poo.

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