The Australian Actress Who Smells Like Summer

She would sit with me outside and walk with me down the sidewalk, and I can remember the smell of these sweet peas overflowing on the neighbor’s fence as we passed by. That is very ideal, probably because it reminds me of Australian summers. Love smells like: Faded perfume or faded cologne on someone else’s clothes. That’s usually when I get my vacation. Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau de Parfum

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Buy I always want to smell like summer, so I hope I do. So I like to put it in my hair a little, and sometimes I’ll put it on my bed right after I’ve done laundry, while it’s still warm. Regret smells like: Cold wind and even colder coffee. Back in Australia, right at the very, very end of winter, there’s a pink jasmine that starts to bloom. Happiness smells like: When you can smell summer coming. It’s a mix of everyone’s nicest perfumes and colognes and the smell of popcorn and Champagne. Success smells like: You know when you go to the theater to see a play or you go see a movie, and that excitement that’s in the air? By Erica Smith@errricaaaaaaa

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Scientific studies confirm that, of all the senses, smell offers the best recall. Even if it tastes good. But the joyous part is whatever that first smell is. My ideal vacation smells like: Sunscreen, ocean salt, mangoes, a paperback book, and coconut body balm. Next up is Australian actress Alycia Debnam-Carey, who balances her role on AMC’s gritty postapocalyptic horror drama Fear the Walking Dead by serving as the face of something a little lighter: Philosophy Amazing Grace eau de parfum, a longer-lasting version of the brand’s best-selling, beloved floral eau de toilette featuring bergamot and blossoms. It’s the scent of possibilities, that it’s about to get a bit warmer, that summer is coming — that smell truly is happiness. The excitement, the ambition, the joy. More personally, it’s probably grit, and the smell of literal blood, sweat, and tears. A smell I love that others don’t: The smell of fresh paint … do other people like that? The last thing I smell before I go to bed: A light spritz of rosewater spray. My home smells like: Nag champa incense, coffee, and fresh flowers. I feel I lose smell a lot during heartbreak, along with other sensory experiences; it’s devoid of smell and taste. It lets you settle in for the night. The Cut recently caught up with Debnam-Carey to talk sweet peas, laundry, and fresh paint. In Scent Memories, the Cut asks people about the scents they associate with different times in their lives. For me, that’s success. Friendship smells like: French fries and rosé. The worst smell is: Blue cheese or any stinky cheese. Let’s find it. The first thing I smell in the morning: Honestly, it’s probably coffee because I don’t register anything before coffee in the morning. The scent will soak in a little bit, and you get that really light waft of a scent. Heartbreak or loss smells like: Sensory deprivation. I’m not good at mornings; the only thing that registers is: Where’s the coffee? My first scent memory is: My mother’s perfume, which is the more obvious one, but I also have a really strong memory of my grandma’s cigarettes and sweet peas. It’s a classic, old-school scent; everyone knew that scent as a kid. I smell like: A little warm, a little sweet. I mix a lot of perfumes, but my intention is to always leave people with a light, lingering scent. We had it all over our house, and that smell indicates the first inkling that summer is about to begin. But maybe a less abstract idea is the smell of stale air in an airport. And everyone’s dressed up and wearing their nicest stuff to watch something special? That smell, all collected in one.

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