In the Moment

Did you know you could add memorable scents to your pictures? Our noses definitely have teleporting powers and they can make our past moments extra special. We can’t seem to forget our favorite scents from our memorable vacations or childhood years even after more than a decade. It’s hard to forget the scent of beaches, woods, camp fire, coconuts, coffee, rain etc. I recently came across this article on photojojo where they talk about adding scents to your pictures and I couldn’t help but read it. They have two DIY methods to infuse scents into your pictures: one by using oil and the other by liquid. I wanted to try both of these methods to see how well they work. 

I made some changes to both these recipes by using ingredients that I already have in my closet such as perfumes instead of essential oils, for example. 

Oil Infusion:
What you need:
Cotton balls
Favorite essential oil blend or natural perfumes (I used Pacifica Waikiki and Tibetan)

Ziplock bag

Pour a few drops of essential oil blend or perfume and drench the cotton ball well. Follow this by placing the cotton ball in a ziplock bag along with the pictures you want to be infused with those scents. You can let the photos stay in the ziplock for about a week or so. The results are better if you place them in a tight dark place like a trunk or a drawer. 

Liquid Infusion:
The second technique involves soaking the pictures in a tray of fragrant tea overnight. 

What you Need: 
Favorite scented tea or coffee, dried herbs and flowers.

Make a tea or coffee with herbs and flowers. Soak the pictures in it overnight. Dry it in the morning and you have beautifully tinted pictures infused with scents. The tea or coffee will not only give the photos a sepia like tint but also a nice aroma to your pictures based on the blend you use to tint them. For tea, you can choose red, white or black tea. Just match your blend scents with the location or moments you want to remember so they go perfectly with the visual aspects of the picture to evoke those perfect memories. Choose coconut, florals or spices based on what type of scent you want to infuse into your pictures.  

Dry Infusion: 

You could also try leaving your pictures in coffee or favorite herb container for a two weeks or so. 

Results? The scent does get strongly infused into the pictures. The longitivtiy of the scent can’t be determined now but the results are pretty strong. The oil infusion is the strongest and if you are like me, you can get a headache from excess perfume so go easy on it. Liquid infusion can stain your pictures so do it carefully and make sure you don’t over tint them. I like the dry infusion method the best for it’s ability to infuse a light scent and not stain the pictures. Try these techniques on photos you don’t mind throwing away before you try on the ones you want to treasure. 

Aso, these techniques are not just limited to your photos. You could also apply these techniques to letters, greeting cards, treasure box, books, bags, shoes, business-cards etc. Oil and dry infusions might work better than the liquid ones in most cases. 

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Photojojo also mention this company called Homewood Press that can infuse your pictures with your chosen scents that don’t get released until scratched. You can choose from an array of scents form coconut, coffee and rose to rain, sea spray and petrol. These are some of my favorites by the way. I love petrol too and some might find that weird. 
What do you think of adding scents to your pictures?  Remember, Elle Woods and her pink scented resume in the movie Legally Blonde? Now, who can ever forget that? Would you try these techniques? What products would you try these techniques on?

Credit and Further Reading:
Homewood Press

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
Diane Ackerman

Heel in Mint

  17 comments for “In the Moment

  1. Jay
    July 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    This post makes me hungry. 😉

  2. July 8, 2012 at 1:06 am

    i’d heard of this concept, but this post gives me details i didn’t know. i like your blog, because you don’t just share pretty things, you also inform in an entertaining way. 🙂 i’m not sure if i would try to infuse my photos. i do remember the elle woods pink scented resume. they say scent is the strongest sensory memory trigger.

  3. QT
    July 8, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Nice post!

  4. July 8, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Innovative way to remember the nostalgic moments captured. This DIY is amazing…. i am gonna try this DIY 🙂

  5. July 8, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Very interesting ideas! I always have such fond scent memories of places I go to, especially the places that have strong scents/odors or the outdoors. Great post!!

  6. July 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Such a unique idea I love it, thanks so much for posting and sharing it. Nice to meet you via Empire Ave!

  7. July 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    looks delicious : D visit to me and say hello 🙂

  8. July 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

    yeah – that’s true – we actually do not remember everything but smell is a one that we do not forget 🙂 nice idea with cup of cofee with putting there pens or sth else. look (and obeviously smells) good 🙂

  9. July 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Ciao, sono passata ad invitarti ad un post di massa; se passi da Antonella autrice del blog Il tempo ritrovato e leggi questo articolo capirai il perché
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    stanno distruggendo qualche cosa che appartiene al patrimonio dell’umanità, ma nessuno ne parla, se vuoi aiutaci a spargere la voce e a sollevare un “polverone”.
    Oggi leggi l’articolo sul blog di Antonella poi, se ti va invita quante più persone puoi a leggerlo inviando loro questo commento, poi, sempre se ti va, martedì 10/07 passa da Antonella, copia il post che pubblicherà e mettilo sul tuo blog,se lo facciamo tutti insieme e ci aiutate a spargere la voce aumentiamo la portata e possiamo far sapere a tutti quello che sta succedendo , perciò , se potete fate girare questo commento. L’intento è quello di creare un fenomeno di massa che permetta di far trapelare la notizia il più possibile, nel nostro piccolo vogliamo dare un contributo, se ti va aiutaci anche tu. Collabora con me e Antonella in questa opera di sensibilizzazione Audrey autrice del blog Borderline.
    P.S. nice post 🙂 good day

  10. July 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    It is so true that smells just stay with you and can transport you back to your memories. This is a really neat idea and one that I’d never heard of doing. Thanks for sharing!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  11. July 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Scents really makes you remember.=)

  12. July 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Looks really great!

    And would probably smell amazing!

    Thank you so much thats very sweet of you!

    Stop by soon!

    /L from sweden

  13. July 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Looks so great!

  14. July 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for much for sharing! I love this idea! Adding scent would definitely give an added dimension to the visual memories captured in the photos.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  15. July 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    nice <3

  16. July 11, 2012 at 2:13 am

    This is by far, one of the most interesting tips i ever read! Such a great idea! And I have always loved to connect smells with memories.

  17. July 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I so love the first pics!

    Thank you so much, supersweet of you!

    Stop by soon!


    / L from sweden

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