Our sense of smell is deeply tied to memories and emotions. It has the power to change your mood, evoke memories, create an imagined future, and even transport you around the globe. So if current travel bans have ruined your holiday plans and you’re longing for an escape, look no further than these fragrances which will take you on a journey around the world without having to leave your home.
1. London: Burberry Her Blossom Eau De Toilette
Bright and energetic, Burberry’s Her Blossom is a love letter to London in bloom. Created by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, it opens with notes of mandarin and pink peppercorn and is wrapped in plum blossom and peony. Base notes of creamy sandalwood and musk add warmth and depth to the light, fruity fragrance.
2. Tahiti: Aerin Hibiscus Palm Eau De Parfum
Inspired by a tropical island escape and sun-kissed skin, Aerin’s Hibiscus Palm features notes of lotus flower and hibiscus palm mixed with ylang and exotic ginger. Frangipani blends with a heart of fragrant white blossoms, wrapped in the velvety warmth of coconut milk, vanilla and musk, making it the perfect island scent.
3. India: Jo Malone London Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense
Born in India with deep roots in local culture and tradition, Jo Malone’s Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense is infused with precious jasmine sambac, sourced directly from the pulsating country, alongside notes of vibrant marigold and ylang ylang. Vanilla and amber accords add subtle warmth.
4. Tuscany: Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso Di Toscana Eau De Toilette
Celebrating the stunning landscapes of Tuscany, Cipresso di Toscana features invigorating top notes of star anise and elemi, which are combined with sparkling notes of orange and petitgrain. Sage and lavender are mixed with the sweet and slightly smokey balsamic notes of cypress trees and pine to create the ultimate Under the Tuscan Sun moment.
5. The Middle East: Louis Vuitton Les Sables Roses
Created by Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, Louis Vuitton Les Sables Roses pays tribute to the olfactory heritage of the Middle East by bringing together rose, oud and ambergris in a vibrant and contrasting composition. Offering a mix of leathery, spicy notes, the scent can be worn alone or layered on top of its predecessor, Ombre Nomade.
6. Greece: Gucci Ambrosia Di Fiori
Taking inspiration from the Greek gods, Gucci Ambrosia Di Fiori is an intensified version of the brand’s original Gucci Bloom accord. The vibrant bouquet features new ingredients, including the rare and tenacious velvety orris, which Ancient Greeks and Romans used as an essential oil. The other new note, damascena rose, is a truly iconic breed of rose, harvested in the early morning to give the powerful rendition of the flower.
7. New York: Comme Des Garçons Concrete Eau De Toilette
An exploration of destruction, construction and creation, Comme des Garçons’ Concrete eau de toilette was created in celebration of the material’s extensive presence in dense cities. Just like The City That Never Sleeps, it has a dirty edge, but in essence, it’s soft and sensual thanks to a concoction of spices such as cumin, cardamom, clove and pepper, alongside sandalwood, rose oxyde and jasmine sambac.
8. Egypt: Chloé Nomade Absolu De Parfum
Transport yourself to the shifting golden sand dunes of the Sahara with Chloé’s Nomade Absolu De Parfum. Created by perfumer Quentin Bisch of Givaudan, this woody chypre is a more intense version of the original composition and offers a delicate, scented warmth. Oakmoss remains at the heart of Nomade, but mirabelle plum adds a juicy dimension, which is warmed by the creamy, woody richness of soft sandalwood.
9. Sicily: Dolce & Gabbana Fruit Collection Lemon Eau De Toilette
Inspired by the bustling markets in Palermo, with a golden pyramid of sweet, fragrant lemons, grown under the sunrays on the Sicilian coastline, Dolce & Gabbana’s Lemon Eau de Toilette is a fresh and vibrant scent that will evoke memories of dreamy landscapes and glittering seas.
10. Morocco: Tom Ford Rose Prick Eau De Parfum
Imparting a full-bodied rose scent, accented by spicy sichuan pepper and warm notes of turmeric and patchouli, Tom Ford’s Rose Prick features a heady trilogy of Rose de Mai, Turkish and Bulgarian roses conjuring up images of Morocco’s annual Rose Festival. ◼
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© This article was first published online in Apr 2020 – World Travel Magazine.