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I am looking for a word (in any language) for a smell that stimulates an emotion or brings back memories.

For instance, when I smell cinnamon, I get a happy feeling - and it reminds me of Christmas.

I am aware of terms such as olfactory, nostalgia, redolent and Proustian (which is more related to taste than to smell), but are there any others?

I would quite love a word that has a deep meaning if possible - such as Meraki: The soul and creativity put into something :) Thought i'd give it a go :)

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    To be clear, you're looking for a noun / noun phrase? Not an adjective for describing the evocative scent?
    – Lemma
    Jan 23, 2018 at 11:09
  • I am happy with either or - this is for a business name I am trying to put together. I make candles, inspired by smells that take you back to a place or memory. I would love for the name to suggest this in some form
    – Catsa
    Jan 24, 2018 at 11:18
  • I don't think there is such a critter but might might Nosegay serve? It doesn't have the full meaning you asked for, but some might say it sounds lovely, and it does involve good smells overcoming bad atmosphere. As a dictionary word it shouldn't be subject to copyright and still, if you use I expect a lifetime's free supply… Feb 2, 2018 at 1:56
  • Re Proust, you could use "madeleine".
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 2, 2018 at 2:53

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I don't think there is such a critter but Nosegay might serve. It doesn't have the full meaning you asked for, but some might say it sounds lovely, and it does involve good smells overcoming bad atmosphere.

As a dictionary word it shouldn't be subject to copyright and still, if you use I expect a lifetime's free supply…

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