The Power of Scent Memory

Let's shine some light on the topic of scent memory. Keep reading for our Vellabox candle picks based on the scent category you're a fan of!
May 4, 2023

Have you ever caught a whiff of a scent and found yourself transported back in time to a specific moment or memory? Whether it’s the smell of a loved one, clean laundry, freshly-baked desserts, a favorite perfume, or special place – scent memory is a powerful phenomenon that can evoke powerful emotions and memories. 

But what exactly is scent memory, and how does it work? Let’s dive into the science behind scent memory, common scent categories, and our Vellabox candle picks based on your favorite scents.

The Science Behind Scent Memory

When we smell a candle, its scent travels through our nasal passages and stimulates olfactory receptors in our nose. These receptors send signals to the brain’s olfactory bulb, which is a part of our brain’s limbic system. Our limbic system also contains:

  • amygdala: emotional center of the brain
  • hippocampus: memory center of the brain

This is why scent memories can be so powerful and immediate, often bringing back memories and emotions that we may have forgotten or thought were lost. Scent memory can subconsciously affect our mood, appetite, and even sexual attraction positively or negatively.

How to Create Positive Scent Memories

Candles can also play an important role in creating new scent memories.

Burning a lavender-scented candle, like Mellow, every night before bed can create a sense of calm and relaxation that becomes associated with that scent. Or burning a pine-scented candle, like our Ski Set trio, during the holidays can create a festive atmosphere.

Vellabox Candle Picks for Each Scent Category

At Vellabox, we believe that candles can be a powerful tool for creating scent memories and enhancing our overall well-being. Here are some of our favorite candle picks from our shop that cater to each of the six scent categories:


Soft Vanilla features a warm and comforting blend of vanilla, sandalwood, and a touch of coconut that is perfect for cozy moments at home. Scents like this one can evoke memories of baking and snuggles.


Amber Aura, our top Vellabox shop seller, has a unique and earthy blend of amber, oakmoss, and Tonka that is perfect for creating a sense of calm and tranquility. Smells like a refreshing hike in the mountains.


Cucumber Detox with notes of cucumber, fresh water, violet, and woods transports you to a relaxing spa day. Makes you want to have a self-care day with a long shower or drink a cucumber margarita.


After Midnight has notes of coral, bamboo, and vetiver that creates a romantic and masculine atmosphere. If you enjoy candles that smell like a hot man, this is the candle for you.


Rose Bouquet is a delicate and sophisticated blend of rose, sandalwood, and green leaves that adds a touch of elegance to any space. Think spring garden, fresh bouquet of flowers or a loved one’s perfume.


Golden Hour is a refreshing and energizing blend of grapefruit, ginger, and tangerine. This scent evokes memories of happy days and catching natural light for that golden hour selfie.