Adapting to our current travel-less lives, we follow our noses to cure our wanderlust withdrawals.
With the loss of freedom to explore the globe, we turn to fragrances to transport us to faraway paradises and exotic locales. From the zesty notes of Sicily to the spicy aromas of Jaipur or the musky tones of Nairobi, we take a trip around the world through our olfactory senses that remind us of the distant destinations on our travel bucket list – even if only for a moment.
While we could all do with a drop into beautiful Capri during any time of the year, there is nothing quite like summer on the island off the Sorrento Peninsula. Envision yourself sailing away on incredible waters with the relaxing and bright scent Arancia di Capri by Acqua di Parma characterised with radiant top notes of zesty orange, mandarin and lemon fused with a heart of cardamom and finally rounded off with a touch of caramel and musk. Fruity and sunny, this EDT captures the essence of a relaxing Italian Mediterranean vacation.
Jonathan Anderson shares the same pain of being locked down and locked in. So in “an aide-mémoire of better times to come,” the Loewe creative director partners with legendary boutique Paula’s Ibiza in a collaboration to bring back fond teenage memories spent on the Balearic island in the midst of summer. Coconut water is layered with bright green galbanum and mandarin oils, driftwood, sand lily and frangipani flowers that nod to the tropical Bohemia vibes inherent to Ibiza. Even the candy coloured gradient bottle of Loewe Paula’s Ibiza is reminiscent of summer sunsets.
Palm Springs, USA
The name says it all – Nomade by Chloé is all about voyages, exploration and freedom. Envision the sun reflecting on the sand in the heart of the deep desert dunes of Palm Springs in a landscape of colours. Borrowing references from men’s cologne, Nomade combines warm oak moss and soft sandalwood with sweet Mirabelle plum and velvety davana, to create a new intoxicating, sensuous scent for spring which brings memories and dreams of a place in the sun.
An ode to the fantastical journeys taken by Ben Groham’s father, the founder of Byredo created Bal d’Afrique: a scent to celebrate his vision of African culture and its influence. He visits the land of the Sahara through his infatuation for the continent and blends notes of bergamot, neroli, black amber, Moroccan cedar wood and African marigold to encapsulate the cultures shaped by the art, music, dance and way of life that he relives through the diaries of his father. We can all use a little imagination and save on flight time for a quick excursion to Africa.
India’s royal and spiritual splendour meet in Creed’s Original Santal. The romance and opulence of India has captured the attention of Oliver Creed, who then took the nation’s signature Mysore Sandalwood as the core of his fragrance. The majestic allure comes from the powerful aromas of orange tree, ginger, lemon, rosemary, peppermint, pinkberries, cedar and vanilla. Warm and robust with just a hint of spice, just like south Asia, it captures you at first and leaves you wanting to discover more.
Lake Biwa, Japan
Taking Charlotte Perriand’s passion for extensive travels, egalitarianism, a love for the wild outdoors and modernism, Aesop’s latest fragrance Rōzu is a reference to a blend of the creative muse’s lifelong affections including her love for Japan. Appealing to both genders, the fragrance opens with rich floral notes of rose, petitgrain, bergamot, shiso and pink pepper; while the heart is composed of headier florals such as ylang ylang, jasmine and guaiacwood, with hints of sandalwood, vertiver, patchouli and myrrh to end. Find yourself wandering through a Wabara rose garden off the shores of Lake Biwa by Kyoto with just a spritz.