Although it may not be immediately evident, there’s a strong connection between scent and travel. The same flights of fancy that inspire us to explore uncharted territories also inspire our love of home fragrances. Both may promote the release of dopamine, or the feel-good receptors that lift your spirits and enhance your mood. It’s somehow natural, then, to consider marrying the two. While you may make your traveling plans based on recommendations and word of mouth, you have the potential to experience an adventure that stimulates you in an entirely different — yet no less profound — way. Take your cue from your favorite fragrances as you consider your next getaway.
Visit a Tropical Island
When you crave the feeling of sand between your toes and sunshine on your skin, your first thought may be to plan a little beach vacation. But there’s a reason why spritzing a fragrance is sometimes considered “the next best thing.” It’s largely due to the deep connection between sea and scent. Think of what grounds you when you first dip your toes into the water. The crisp, fresh notes of clean air and salt water are unmistakable. As you breathe in deeper, you’ll pick up other whiffs — a sweet coconut, for example, or a pop of fruity mandarin or juicy peach.
Being in proximity to the beach is a true retreat for your senses and a wonderful way to mentally escape from it all. While nothing can replace taking a nap on the warm sand or enjoying a boardwalk stroll in the early morning hours, you’ll feel a similar sense of joy and euphoria wash over you when you wear a scent or use a home fragrance that channels that uniquely aquatic vibe.
Book a European Trip
You could base an entire European tour on your favorite fragrances. Each country offers a unique take on scent, often in entirely unexpected and welcome ways that you won’t quickly forget. Just as you may recall the aromas that punctuated moments during your childhood, you’ll likely recall your European jaunt in much the same way. Your itinerary may be vague at first — spend a few days in France, check out Italy, wander around an English village or two. Never mind the wealth of knowledge and beauty you’ll soak up in just a short period; you’ll also be enamored of the rich notes that characterize those cozy sidewalk cafes, sleek boutiques, and lively neighborhood pubs.
Even if a trip abroad isn’t quite in the cards at the moment, take steps to prepare yourself for the expedition by scenting your living space with those inimitable smells that capture the romance of Europe. The Bring Home the World collection contains three dynamic, masterfully crafted home fragrances: an Italy-inspired blend of orchard blossoms, Tuscan herbs, and tomato leaf; a Hawaiian mélange of suntan lotion, salty sea air, and coconut rum; and a Spanish delight featuring blood orange, spice, and smoke notes.
Explore the Middle East
Your olfactory nerves go into overdrive when you arrive in the Middle East. It’s no surprise that many of the world’s most luxurious fragrances contain notes derived from this part of the world. The distinctive scents are at once rich, spicy, heady, and bold. More importantly, they’re steeped in tradition — there’s no way to walk down a souk without breathing in intoxicating spice notes as they waft through the warm air. One of the most commonly used ingredients, frankincense, is often mixed with classic Arabian notes like amber, oud, and jasmine.
If you favor something wearable or to liven up your home, consider something infused with rose, patchouli, or pink pepper to channel the unique fragrances that are so emblematic of the Middle East and its deep appreciation for scent.