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Finally An Explanation For Us Who Don’t Understand The Obsession With Agua De Violetas

If you grew up in a Cuban family or are of Latino descent, chances are your head may have smelled of violets as a baby or even in your childhood years. Here’s the story behind the Cuban classic, “Agua de Violetas.”

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Posted by NBC Latino on Friday, April 14, 2017

Agua de Violetas is a way of life for most Cuban-Americans.

Of all things that are quintessentially Cuban, Agua de Violetas is probably the most Cuban of them all. The baby perfume that makes your cielito smell like a field of wild and fragrant violets has been used on pretty much every Cuban-American child at least once. But do you know the history of that perfume you still have in your home?

NBC Latino spoke with Augustín Reyes III and learned about the perfume’s history. This Augustín Reyes should not be confused for the original founder, Augustín Reyes, his grandfather. The original Augustín Reyes started the perfume line in Havana, Cuba in 1927, according to the interview by NBC Latino. Much like today, the perfume was a wild success and the family made a living off of selling the perfume, that it until Fidel Castro’s regime took hold of the island nation. By 1960, just one year after Castro seized power of the Cuban government, the Reyes family fled Cuba and settled in Miami, like most Cuban exiles. The Reyes family managed to smuggle out all the ingredients they needed to make the perfume. After settling in south Florida, the family business was up and running again. The main plant for the iconic perfume is still in Hialeah, Florida, a major Cuban exile enclave. The rest, as they say, is history. To this day, Agua de Violetas is still being used on Cuban babies, and adults, to add a crisp and fresh smell of violets to anyone who wishes.

Agua de Violetas is legit one of the greatest memories of any Cuban childhood.


*flashback to abuela combing my hair with Agua de Violetas and singing to me*

It was the one smell that connected all Cubans regardless of class, race, or socioeconomic status.


To this day, running out of Agua de Violetas is like losing a piece of yourself.


Who knew that one little bottle could capture an entire culture so perfectly?


So, all these years later…


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Getting Yelled At By Your Mom Is So Scary, That We Decided To Turn The Things She Says Into Horror Movie Posters

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Getting Yelled At By Your Mom Is So Scary, That We Decided To Turn The Things She Says Into Horror Movie Posters

Whenever you do something to piss off your mom or whenever she’s in a bad mood, chances are she’ll start to express her anger with a few particular phrases. For instance, you’ll hear her say something like “Te calmas o te calmo,” or “Vas a ver cuando lleguemos a la casa.” And yes, sometimes it’s scary AF when she says these things to you. We wondered, “What if these scary ‘mom phrases’ were turned into actual scary movie posters?” So we created a few.

Check them out for yourself, and hopefully you don’t have any nightmares.

If you love scary movies, check out this flick about a mother who angrily refuses to call her son by his first name.

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CREDIT: 20TH CENTURY FOX / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

You probably hear this from your mom almost every single day.

If you’re more into thrillers, this movie will have you shaking with goosebumps.

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CREDIT: INTREPID PICTURES / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

As soon as you hear this, you know damn well to immediately relax and behave.

And things only get more intense with this scary flick:

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CREDIT: LIONSGATE / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

This phrase is more common when you’re misbehaving somewhere out in public with your mom and she’s unable to punish you right then and there.

Warning: this one will probably give you nightmares.

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CREDIT: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

And if you’re familiar with this scary-ass phrase, then you must know it doesn’t mean she’s offering you any hot chocolate or tea before you go to sleep.

You may not be able to sleep if you watch this movie:

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CREDIT: SCREEN GEMS / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

You’ll definitely hear this coming from your mom whenever she thinks you’re crying for no good reason… or whenever you’re crying at all.

If you’re a fan of movies that are based on true stories, then this one is a must:

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CREDIT: SCREEN GEMS / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

If you don’t want to hear this scary threat coming from your mom, then don’t disturb her and ask her to help you look for something because she’ll just assume you’re too lazy to look for it yourself.

If this one doesn’t make you scream in fear…

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CREDIT: DIMENSION FILMS / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

Yup, that’s a threat.

…then this one will definitely send tingles down your spine.

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CREDIT: NEW LINE CINEMA / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

Tip: don’t take this phrase literally…that’s if you don’t want your mom to get mad at you.

After watching this movie, you won’t ever want to go out late at night. ?

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CREDIT: CRUISE WAGNER PRODUCTIONS / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

There’s nothing scarier than coming home late at night, past your curfew, to an angry mom.

You may not want to go out AT ALL after watching this one:

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CREDIT: UNIVERSAL PICTURES / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

If your mom says this to you, it’s highly advised that you don’t test her.

Just be prepared to be scared because this movie is no joke.

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CREDIT: DARK CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

In other words, she isn’t dumb so don’t even think about trying to lie to her.

The scariest thing of all is…anything that happens in this movie can happen in REAL LIFE.

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CREDIT: COLUMBIA PICTURES / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

This phrase applies to many scenarios. For example, if you don’t wash the dishes when your mom asks you to, then you won’t be able to go out with your friends when you try to ask her for permission.

But no matter how scary all of these phrases might sound, your mom only says them to you because she loves you.

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CREDIT: WARNER BROS / CHRISTINA HENDERSON

…well at least that’s what she says. *nervous laughter*


READ: Here Are 11 Hilarious Lies That Your Mom Always Tells You, Yet She Swears She Never Lies


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