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The other day I was in a local CVS, perusing the beauty section, when I came across a little gem. Love’s Rain Forest all over body spray. I know you’re thinking, “Um, Brandyne, aren’t you a little old for things like that?”  Well yes, and no.

What you need to understand is that when I was younger I would always get a new “scent” every Christmas. From the time I was about 10 years old until I was 15 I was in love with the Love’s scents. I was never really a fan of Baby Soft,because it was much too sweet, and basically smelled like you just dumped an entire bottle of baby powder all over yourself. My faves were the Rain (original) and Jasmine scents. These were not really fragrances, as much as they were inexpensive body splashes meant to make little girls feel pretty and grown up. And I can tell you that for me, they did just that. I couldn’t wait for Christmas to receive my bottle of Rain, Jasmine, or Frenzy. I can still recall each scent and they tie me to certain place and time. They represent my earliest experiences inventing and reinventing myself.

So now you can imagine why my knees went a little weak the moment I rounded the corner of the fragrance aisle in a drug store on a Thursday night and saw the bottle of Rain Forest on sale for $6.25. Who wouldn’t pay that much to re capture a bit of childhood magic?

Sadly this new, what I can only imagine is “updated”, version of Rain was not quite the same. But it never really is, right? The scent is not as clean, or fresh as Rain, which smelled exactly like having showered in a spring rainstorm. This new scent is a sweet floral, almost a little fruity. It is very light and doesn’t last long on the skin. To be fair the scents didn’t last all that long back then, either.

I’ll probably reserve this spray for those hot summer nights when you have to take a cold shower just to get to sleep. It’s the kind of thing I wouldn’t wear out or on a special occasion, but something I could find comforting while drifting to sleep between cool crisp sheets.

If you know a pre- teen girl looking to get started on her scent journey, this may be a good place to start.

Do you have any “scent memories”? If so, I’d love to hear about them!

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