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From the World of Perfume: Scents of Taste

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In the spirit of our first-ever Food Issue (now on newsstands), I’ve been sniffing out fragrances with a dash of far-flung flavor. Here, four new favorites that are inspired by palate as much as place:

Creed Father-and–son team Oliver and Erwin Creed developed Acqua Fiorentina (from $130) around a top note of greengage plum, which they picked from a Florentine orchard.

Diptyque Based on a Diptyque founder’s travel sketches of the Atlas foothills, Paris-based nose Olivier Pescheux crafted L’Eau de Tarocco (from $98) by layering the aroma of Mediterranean blood oranges with hints of grapefruit, cinnamon, and saffron.

Jo Malone With Vanilla & Anise (from $55), the British perfumer evokes daybreak in Madagascar, when the countryside’s famous vanilla orchids go into bloom.

Serge Lutens The French makeup artist cum photographer cum perfumer interpreted English high tea by mixing nuances of bergamot, candied ginger, honey, pepper, and dark cocoa for Five O’Clock Au Gingembre ($120).


Christine Ajudua is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.

Photos courtesy of Creed, Diptyque, and Serge Lutens

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