The past has its own smell. So does Curaçao’s past. One of our participants showed us bottles that evoke a whiff of the scent of the former Curaçao. The bottles once contained cologne, Florida water and lymacol.

“I found these bottles at the Rif in Otrobanda before they closed it down to build the mega-pier. These bottles were all in the mud. The ones containing Florida water have names written on them. I googled the large one. It is an eau de cologne made in Paris. My family members used lymacol in the old days, it is like our well-known glacial.”

If you want to know what Curaçao used to smell like, we recommend a whiff of cologne, Florida water or lymacol.

“These bottles were all in the mud.”