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Essential Awakenings Smell and Memory Kit


Help bring back memories or elicit a conversation with the Essential Awakenings Smell and Memory Kit designed to engage your aging loved ones in the recall of memories through the sense of smell.  The Essential Awakenings Premier Kit contains six essential smells of Jasmine, Chocolate, Pineapple, Mint, Cinnamon, and Grass. Also included in the kit are paper blotter strips for applying the smells and Clue Cards with hints that you can offer during the "guessing game." It is important to note that none of these smells includes alcohol, and they are safe when coming into contact with the skin.  As with so many products, please keep them out of the hands of children under the age of 10.


Contents: Specially prepared smells including Jasmine, Chocolate, Pineapple, Mint, Cinnamon, and Grass; one set of Clue Cards, 100 blotter strips.


  1. Select a smell of your choice to start.
  2. Roll the first smell onto the pointed tip of the paper blotter strip.
  3. Give your loved one or group audience the scented paper blotter strip.
  4. Ask them to smell and describe what they smell.
  5. Ask them to vocalize any adjective or descriptor that comes to the top of their mind when they smell.
  6. Give them clues to help them guess (using clue cards as a tool, or verbalize your own).
  7. If no descriptor comes to mind, reveal what the smell is, and see if you can open a discussion.  In a group setting, it  may take one or two tries to get everyone to open up.
  8. Repeat with remaining scents.

    Example of Clue Questions for opening up the discussion:

    This is a popular flavor for a chewing gum.

    When I was young, we used to go into the garden and pick this to add to our tea or to made jelly.

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