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28 Smells Every Mexican Will Never Forget

Beware the Chile de Árbol.

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1. Chile de Árbol

Coughing your lungs out when these were toasted is both a precious memory and near death experience.
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Coughing your lungs out when these were toasted is both a precious memory and near death experience.

2. Fabuloso

You knew when your parent was mopping from a block away.
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You knew when your parent was mopping from a block away.

3. Religious Candles

Nothing smelled as holy as when your mom burned these wonderful things.
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Nothing smelled as holy as when your mom burned these wonderful things.

4. Vicks VapoRub

Got a cold? Vicks. Headache? Vicks. Missing a limb? Vicks.
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Got a cold? Vicks. Headache? Vicks. Missing a limb? Vicks.

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5. Cooked pinto beans

You knew what your meals for the next week were based on whether or not you could smell a pot of beans being cooked.
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You knew what your meals for the next week were based on whether or not you could smell a pot of beans being cooked.

6. Suavitel and Vel Rosita

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You've never really had a true laundry experience until you've washed with either of these softeners.

7. Panaderías

Even walking by one is an experience. The chance to bring that sweet, doughy scent home is as easy as picking up some bolillo and conchas.
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Even walking by one is an experience. The chance to bring that sweet, doughy scent home is as easy as picking up some bolillo and conchas.

8. Jabón Zote and Foca

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When the washer isn't an option, Zote is always there to save the day.

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9. Baleros

A simple toy with a nice wooden smell was far more entertaining than any iPhone is today.
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A simple toy with a nice wooden smell was far more entertaining than any iPhone is today.

10. Canel's Chewing Gum

Spearmint in the board room and Tutti Frutti in the bedroom.
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Spearmint in the board room and Tutti Frutti in the bedroom.

11. Tamales

The smell of these cooking on Christmas Eve was far more exciting than the smell of a new toy.
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The smell of these cooking on Christmas Eve was far more exciting than the smell of a new toy.

12. Manzanilla and Vanart Shampoo

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Tea wasn't just for drinking when your hair was in need.

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13. Fresh tortillas

While the rest of the world woke up to the smell of coffee, you had the smell of tortillas. One whiff provided enough energy to drag yourself out of bed.
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While the rest of the world woke up to the smell of coffee, you had the smell of tortillas. One whiff provided enough energy to drag yourself out of bed.

14. Huaraches

Leather on the foot, the smell of fear when in the hand.
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Leather on the foot, the smell of fear when in the hand.

15. Tampico

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Orange juice REMIXED.

16. Abuelita Chocolate

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She was sippin' that cup way before Kermit ever was.

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17. Church Pews

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If religion had a smell it would be that of finished wood.

18. El Tianguis

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Where the smell of fruits, tacos, and clothes meets.

19. Chicharrones de Harina

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A spicy scent beyond words.

20. Vitacilina

The Mexicano Neosporin.
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The Mexicano Neosporin.

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21. Incense Burner

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The smell would always linger even when you weren't in a church.

22. Elote

Love is in the air, and it's covered in mayo and chile.
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Love is in the air, and it's covered in mayo and chile.

23. Arroz con Leche

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This is what Heaven must smell like.

24. Pelón Pelo Rico

Your fingers were permanently Tamarindo scented after scraping the last bits off the cap.
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Your fingers were permanently Tamarindo scented after scraping the last bits off the cap.

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25. Smoke Machine

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Every quince took place in a cloud of smoke.

26. Taco truck

Any neighborhood could only be so privileged to have this bad boy parked on the street.
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Any neighborhood could only be so privileged to have this bad boy parked on the street.

27. Pozole

Its scent alone can cure any ailment. Bath and Body Works needs to get on a Pozole candle ASAP.
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Its scent alone can cure any ailment. Bath and Body Works needs to get on a Pozole candle ASAP.

28. Paletas

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The scent of gum minus the gum commitment.

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