When we go on vacation or travel to a new destination, all of our senses are engaged: Our eyes take in the exciting sights; our taste buds are exposed to a variety of flavors; we listen to different sounds, whether it be the waves crashing on the beach or the bustling sound of the busy downtown city; and we can’t forget about smell—which is connected to the oldest parts of the brain that govern both emotion and long-term memory, which goes to explain why a sudden aroma may provoke a certain memory out of the blue.
Never underestimate the power of smell; it can improve our mood, relax us, affect our dreams, and bring back feelings of nostalgia. The next time you’re feeling stressed and want to conjure up a mini vacation, treat yourself to one of these 8 amazing perfumes that are inspired by exotic destinations from all over the world. They just might motivate you to book your next trip. Let the adventures begin!
1. Oribe Côte d’Azur Eau de Parfum
Inspired by the glamorous French Riviera resort town known for attracting Europe’s jet setting elite, this signature scent by Oribe contains a sun-drenched blend of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and warm sandalwood. One spritz is all it takes to transport yourself to the French beaches for a luxurious, sun-drenched escape.
Available at oribe.com
2. Demeter Great Barrier Reef
Made up of complex coral reefs, shoals and islets off Australia’s northeastern coast, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most fascinating wonders of the world. This extensive ecosystem is the largest living thing on Earth and is home to thousands of fish, turtles, dolphins and other sea life. This unique scent by Demeter Fragrance Library combines the aura of the warm Pacific Ocean with the essence of powdery, sweet-scented coral to create this unforgettable fragrance.
Available at demeterfragrance.com
3. Nateeva Jamaica Eau de Parfum
Go on a Caribbean adventure with this special scent that combines the addictive purple blush of the Lignum Vitae flower with hues of Mandarin orange, plumeria blossoms, vanilla crystals, sheer vetiver and white musk. The collection also contains two other scents inspired by neighboring islands: St. Martin and Bahamas.
Available at scentbird.com
4. Guerlain Champs-Élysées
One of the most beautiful and famous avenues in the world, the tree-lined Champs-Élysées in Paris dates back to the 17th century and is now one of the city’s most exclusive shopping destinations with luxury flagship stores for Louis Vuitton and Cartier, to name a few. Pay homage to the city of light with this joyful floral fragrance that blends lilac and mimosa for a fiercely feminine scent.
Available at guerlain.com
5. Tom Ford Sole di Positano
Located on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Positano is a cliffside village and popular holiday destination known for its pebble beachfront and narrow streets lined with cafes and boutiques. This perfume, inspired by the famous destination, is bursting with the fresh scent of citrus and fruits with key notes of Italian bergamot, lemon petitgrain, petitgrain bigarade, Shisho leaf, green moss, ylang-ylang and sandalwood.
Available at tomford.com and sephora.com
6.Tahiti Island Dream by Bath & Body Works
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia known for its gorgeous beaches, lagoons, waterfalls and volcanoes. Tantalize your senses with the sensuous blend of coconut water, Tahitian vanilla musk and kiwi blossom, accompanied by key notes sparkling Mandarin and frangipian for the ultimate Tahitian vacation.
Available at bathandbodyworks.com
7. Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk
Escape to the beach with this sweet fragrance that combines fresh notes of bergamot, coconut milk, lemon, pink pepper and musk to evoke the feeling of walking along a sandy beach. The brand also features other fun fragrances, from flower markets to garden promenades.
Available at sephora.com
8. Michael Kors Wonderlust
When you’re feeling restless or starting to crave a vacation, this unique scent blends the essence of Italian bergamot, pink pepper, almond milk, blushed dianthus, pure jasmine sambac absolute, buttery heliotrope, cashmeran wood, benzoin Siam and Sri Lanka sandalwood. This wondrous scent will awaken your senses and inspire your innermost feelings of romanticism.
Available at michaelkors.com and sephora.com