Scents of Place
Published: March 2009
By Elizabeth Woodson
These new fragrances have been formulated to take you on a sensory journey.
Like the luxury house’s 2008 fashion collections, the new Hermès fragrance, Un Jardin Après la Mousson, takes its cues from the subcontinent, with a spicy-smelling blend of pepper, vetiver, coriander, and ginger.
Traditional incense ceremonies are the inspiration for the smoky Dark Amber & Ginger Lily from Jo Malone. Kyara wood and cardamom notes are similar to the muskiness of aloewood, which has been burned for centuries in Japan.
With its mix of lemon verbena, white hyacinth, privet blossom, sea grass, and musk, Privet Bloom from Hampton Sun is meant to smell like summer at the shore.
Katherine Growney looked to her native land to develop Punono, the first in her Saffron James line. A blend of ylang-ylang, vanilla, and pikake (used in leis) brings out the sugary aroma of Oahu’s pua tree.
Ferragamo’s Tuscan Soul uses citrus notes (bergamot, orange blossom) and a woodsy fig base to recall an orange- and lemon-grove-covered swath of Italian countryside.