Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Virtual Holiday Scents. This is particularly close to my heart because Jin and I love to travel and are keenly feeling our lack of ability to do it in 2020. Usually we try to get as many people, places and adventures in each year as possible. Under the current NO TRAVEL regime it might be nice to imagine what you’ll take on your next adventure, remember wonderful places you’ve already seen or even where you’ll be going when the ban is lifted. A good Virtual Holiday Scent needs to be versatile, able to conjur dreams, memories, wishes and fantasies from trekking to candle lit dinner, market shopping to meetings and fishing trip to art gallery. Obviously few fragrances can really run this gamut comfortably on their own, so a small selection is always called for.
Obviously, these choices are subject to change, daily.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Virtual Holiday Scents in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Virtual Holiday Scents
Divine EdP by Divine Parfums
Divine EdP is the CHANEL No 5 end game. An aldehydic floral done in the same basic pattern but SO MUCH BETTER! It’s fizzy, intoxicating and manages to redefine the genre beautifully. That 30ml travel case is also the perfect accessory. I might also have the extrait for less magnificent sillage and projection. SHHH! This is a rarely talked about perfumista gem that needs to stay secret. A bit too glam for a bus ride up the Himalayas but it was the only thing that kept me sane on that terrifying white knuckle ride. Nowadays it is the perfect memory scent of grand adventure.
Niki de Saint Phalle
What kind of a holiday would it be without a chypre to lift your spirits and bring a hint of mysterious glamour. Any of the most famous ones could have been chosen in this slot but what I love about Niki de Saint Phalle besides the fabulously charismatic fragrance is the sensational travel sized bottles chosen. They look so posh and unusual if you need to respritz, that bottle alone brings me such a rush of pleasure. Galbanum, mint, leather and oak moss given a lift with the brilliance of carnation. One of these magnificent 13ml travel bottles has accompanied me on many adventures through Europe and the USA but my favourite memories of it are in Paris 2018 with a bunch of perfumista buddies.
NO ± Suede by UER MI
NO ± Suede is an interesting leather. Made up of familiar pieces; plum, saffron, incense and oudhy leather, it should smell like Serge Lutens Daim Blond or Bottega Veneta EdP. The note list is where the resemblances end. We have no sweet, waxy coating here. There’s not that rush of high end handbag or shoe. NO ± Suede is infinitely calmer, more controlled and has a rugged, traditionally masculine bent all done with perfect poise and precision. I’ve not yet taken NO ± Suede on a holiday but it speaks to me of the Florentine leather markets where Jin and I might have bought some stuff.
Oriental Lounge by The Different Company
A softly spicy, sweet amber with floral hints. Warming but not sticky, a dry peppery spice over a cool resinous heart with little trills of rose to add gloss and shine. Perfect for so many occasions. I did have a 10ml travel but it was dropped in a Thailand airport lounge after having a shower. Irony in action. Whenever I spritz it the memories of my mate Michael & my 2014 Europe trip and our only ever First Class flights come flooding back.
Ubar by Amouage
There is still about 1ml left in my original 10ml decant of Ubar but it’s so banged up and daggy looking I used the bottle shot. I regularly take it with me on journeys to hot countries. There is NOTHING like a single spritz of Ubar in the dry desert heat od Rajasthan or the Australian outback. It’s enormous, kitchen sink like complexity and extraordinary resinous aldehydic floral size suddenly blooms in an unexpected way and is even more jaw droopingly beautiful.
Vanille Galant by Hermès
As you can see I’m well into my second 15ml of Vanille Galant. A lily like no other. Across the board I find myself wearing it for anything. It seems to fit in venues as diverse as the Louvre and the Busan Fish Market, Trans Siberian Railway to The Ritz and our most recent adventure in Koh Samui. Lily, vanilla, booze, chocolate and spices over a dedicatedly dry tobacco/woods base. Nothing else like it. I rarely wear it when not on holiday but when I do it is like a magic carpet ride of magical memories.
So what are your favourite Virtual Holiday Scents and where will you be going once the travel ban is over?