Summer is a time to explore new places, whether by road, by sea, or even by scent. After all, smell is a traveler’s most vital sense—it lingers the longest in memory, and captures the soul of a city or country in a way no picture can. So whether you’re planning a distant getaway, or simply dreaming of one, these far-reaching fragrances are sure to enrich the journey.
A leisurely drive through the south of France demands a classic scent, but not the kind you’d wear with a tux and tie. English Laundry Riviera pairs vibrant citrus top notes—like bergamot and lemon—with a warming base of sandalwood for added sophistication.
In the picturesque deserts of Utah, every view and vista could have been plucked from a Spaghetti Western. With that said, your scent should follow suit. Alfred Lane Bravado smells of leather, tobacco, and nutmeg: It's a suitably vintage blend for a wandering pistolero.
This city has come a long way since its days as a bustling port, but it still retains the rustic charm that enthralled so many expats. Atelier Mistral Patchouli captures the mystique with notes of patchouli, black pepper, and star anise, and bears a strong resemblance to subtle and spicy incense. Brisk maritime undertones pay homage to the harbor.
From the jazz to the Cajun cuisine, all the best things in The Big Easy are invariably homegrown—and fragrance is no exception. Hand-bottled in the city’s French Quarter, Smoke Perfume taps a rich base of vetiver to produce a subtle, soulful aroma.
With a history spanning thousands of years, Mexico has much more to offer than sandy beaches and cocktails. Arquiste Anima Dulcis combines notes of chili, cinnamon, and cocoa absolue to craft a spicy, nostalgic fragrance, inspired by the secret cocoa recipe of a 17th-century convent.
The vastness of the Yukon is a bona fide natural wonder, and it deserves a matching fragrance with just as much vitality. If you happen to build a campfire while trekking through the wilderness, waft the smoke over your body to capture the aroma. If you’re stuck at home browsing pictures on Tumblr, recreate the effect with Campfire Cologne.
As the capital city of this tiny Pacific island, Pape’ete has been the starting point for many a tropical venture. If you visit, pack bug spray, and a South Pacific scent—English Laundry Tahitian Waters has notes of coconut, lime, and brown sugar that are perfect for warmer climes.
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