15 Smells That You Will Remind You Of '60s Childhood

15 Smells That You Will Remind You Of ’60s Childhood

15 Smells That You Will Remind You Of ’60s Childhood

Smells are extremely effective at taking you back to a significant time in your life. If you spent your childhood in the 1960s then you will remember these certain smells. Whether they hold fond memories or ones you would rather forget, we’re here to take you on a nostalgia trip!

Welcome back to 1960s childhood…

1.) Play-Doh


Play-Doh is still around to this day but it really dominated 1960s childhood when it first came along. You can almost smell it, right? It has a very distinct scent that you will remember from your childhood! Demeter Fragrance Library developed Play-Doh perfume which is bizarre. We get nostalgia and all that but no one really wants to smell like Play-Doh, right?

2.) Barbie


Ahh, the sweet smell of plastic Barbie…we have a lot of fond memories growing up with Barbie. Not that we ever ended up setting her on fire or anything.

3.) Cap Guns


Who remembers playing with Cap Guns?! They smelt like matches after they fired and that is the smell that takes us back!

4.) New cars


Yes, every car has that new car smell. However, if you were a kid in the 60s you know what we’re talking about when we say the smell was different. Trust us, there’s a difference! Do you remember the signature new car smell?

5.) Bazooka Joe Comics


Bazooka Joe Comics in the ‘60s were on the inside wrappers of bubble gum. They became collectables and whenever you would look at them you would be hit with the reminiscent smell of pink bubble gum. Please tell me someone remembers this?!

6.) Silly Putty


Silly Putty is similar to Play-Doh and doesn’t smell quite as strong but it does still have its own special, unforgettable scent. We used to love pressing Silly Putty on newspapers as the text would transfer! You could get pretty artsy with it if you wanted to…

7.) Maypo


This maple syrup breakfast cereal not only tasted amazing but smelt delicious too! The TV commercial didn’t disappoint either with multiple people quoting “I want my Maypo!” around the schoolyard.

8.) Magic Markers


Come on, everyone used to sniff these when they were younger! Magic markers just had a super weird scent that was begging to be sniffed…too bad the blend that created the smell is no longer used because it was toxic. Our bad!

9.) Electric trains


The old trains of the 60s just had that weird electric odour. This is one on the list that you definitely won’t be missing!

10.) Pencil Shavings


In the 60s you only had pencils in grade school and the smell of pencil shavings always takes us right back to those days of blissful innocence when your only responsibility was to keep your pencil sharp.

11.) Burning leaves


As a kid, we used to love the smell of burning leaves and jumping on them. Unfortunately, now it’s our responsibility to clean them up. Kids, enjoy it while it lasts!

12.) Hubba Bubba


The smell of this bubblegum will take you right back to the 60s when it was first around. Kids still eat it today but it doesn’t smell quite the same…

13.) Scratch n sniff stickers


These things were all the rage in the 60s and we used to go wild for them! How do they only smell when you scratch them? Why do they smell so good? What’s the purpose of a sticker that smells? So many questions and no answers.

14.) Chalkboard duster


We bet you can smell it already…the smell of chalk on the chalkboard duster reminds us of our 60s childhood. Sometimes it’s slightly traumatic memories of being called up to write on the board…*shudders*.

15.) Library card catalogues


Who remembers finding a book by looking in the library catalogue?! That old musty book smell is so nostalgic.



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