The Fragrance You Should Wear, Based on Your Favorite Vacation Destination
Smell is the strongest of our five senses, especially when it comes to the ability to trigger memories. We’re able to conjure emotional connections to people and experiences just by smelling a fragrance. It’s why scent is always something very personal.
But just like it’s true that certain people “wear” certain types of perfumes better than others, we can also make the case for matching your scent to a destination or a type of environment.
“A fragrance contributes to the experience by creating a scent memory associated with the vacation […] Not only will I enjoy the fragrance while I’m wearing it, I will have the association of that fragrance with the trip long after it’s over,” said perfumer Lisa Hoffman.
And it works the other way, too.
“Choosing a particular fragrance allows me to begin to travel there in my mind before the holiday begins,” Hoffman said. And this is something we can all get behind.
With her help, we rounded up the best fragrances to wear depending on your holiday destination this year.
“Notes of sea salt are trending this summer,” Hoffman said. “Find a fragrance with subtle notes of natural sea salt along with fresh floral notes to keep you feeling light and breezy within the misty warm air on your beach vacation.”
TOM FORD Costa Azzurra
Inspired by the Italian island of Sardinia, this fragrance has notes of cypress oil, driftwood accord, Oakwood extract, and Moroccan Armoise oil.
To buy: nordstrom.com, from $225
Bobbi Brown Beach
The fresh blend of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin of this bestselling fragrance is perfect for the beach.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $76
Montale Soleil de Capri Eau de Parfum
The musky base of this fragrance is topped with the sweet citrus scent of grapefruit and white florals.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $170
“You’ll want to wear a fragrance that compliments the beautiful scents found naturally in a countryside setting, like cotton accords, sage, and spring florals,” Hoffman said.
Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau
Bulgarian rose, blackcurrant leaves, bergamot, and mandarin notes feel so refreshing.
To buy: nordstrom.com, from $90
Lisa Hoffman French Clary Sage
This crisp, effortless scent that features notes of cotton, yellow freesia flowers, citrus, and sandalwood will remind you of spring.
To buy: lisahoffman.com, $65
Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum
The iconic Italian brand took inspiration for this leathery floral fragrance from the vast Venetian countryside.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $120
“Notes of neroli are perfect for the city, as they are sexy, lively, and mysterious,” Hoffman said. “Go for a fragrance that balances neroli with notes of velvetiness, like musk or amber.”
Givenchy L'Atelier Néroli Originel
This elegant fragrance combines notes of neroli, iris, and a musky vanilla blend.
To buy: sephora.com, $235
L’Occitane Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette
If you’re headed for an urban destination on the Mediterranean, make sure to pack a bottle of this fragrance that features notes of radiant neroli and soft white orchid.
To buy: loccitane.com, $68
Prada Les Infusions Iris Cèdre Eau de Parfum
An unexpected blend of neroli, iris, and cedarwood make this fragrance perfect for city adventures.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $160
“We are more sensitive to fragrance in warmer weather, so choose a perfume with lighter, pleasing notes like fig mingled with notes of coconut for an enjoyable scent while in the heat of the tropics,” Hoffman said.
Malin + Goetz Moroccan Fig
Tommy Girl Tropics Eau de Toilette
Tommy Hilfiger’s island-inspired fragrance is a sweet blend of peach, elderflower, and vanilla.
To buy: tommy.com, $46
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Aloha Tiare eau de Toilette
A scent inspired by a small island in the middle of the Pacific that combines notes of exotic flowers, coconut, and vanilla. What else could be more appropriate for your tropical vacation?
To buy: sephora.com, $85
“Woodsy notes in fragrance are usually crisp and deep, perfect for a summertime mountain setting. Warm amber is nice here to round out the fragrance.”
Byredo Oud Immortel
This is a complex fragrance that has smoky and woodsy notes with a touch of fresh limoncello.
To buy: barneys.com, $150
Comme des Garçons 2 Eau de Parfum
Fresh notes of orange and mandarin are followed by a richer blend of patchouli and Chinese Cedar.
To buy: sephora.com, $131
Creed Silver Mountain Water
Picture vast green fields, thick woods, and winding streams of ice cold water—this is what this bestselling fragrance brings to mind.
To buy: nordstrom.com, from $290
“Since our olfactive senses are less active in colder, drier climates, choose a bright and invigorating fragrance with a bit more power, like orange zest,” Hoffman said.
Le Labo Fleur d'Oranger
The fresh orange and lemon notes here are rounded out by musk and bergamot.
To buy: nordstrom.com, from $180
Dior Pure Poison
A mysterious and seductive fragrance infused with fresh amber and white flower bouquet.
To buy: sephora.com, from $74
Burberry My Burberry Black
Rose notes blend with fresh jasmine and peach, while rich amber patchouli gives a deep and intriguing finish.
To buy: burberry.com, from $72