Whether it is the aroma of rich oud or the scent of sweet jasmine, fragrance can immediately transport us to our favourite places, bringing back precious memories of distant lands. The following fragrances are rooted in far flung destinations, and have been inspired by the world of travel–making for the perfect gift ideas for ‘wanderlusters’ everywhere.
Ideal for those who are passionate about the planet, ånd fragrances offer an antidote to mass-produced scents. Launched by perfumer Simon Constantine, who created perfumes for Lush for over a decade, ånd is an ethical and eco company, which re-uses waste plastic in creating its bottles, and which also supports local communities who work to harvest the natural ingredients. Packed with vanilla notes, Måd will transport you to Madagasgar, where the brand sources fine vanilla, as well as ylang oil, vetiver, violet and jasmine. It is described as “an ecosystem in a bottle; a hug from mother nature”.
From £69 for 50ml Eau de Toilette, andfragrance.com
Jo Malone London: Special Edition English Pear & Freesia
Jo Malone London’s classic English-inspired scent is available in a special edition, candy-cane striped bottle for the festive season. One spritz of this and they will be reminded of idyllic orchards where golden sunshine warms ripe pears. White freesia, rose and patchouli add to the fruity-floral notes to take you for a walk through the English countryside.
£124, 100ml Cologne, jomalone.co.uk
Santa Maria Novella: Gelsomino
One of the most historic perfume brands in the world, Santa Maria Novella is steeped in age-old heritage. The original Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence dates back to 1221 and is considered the world’s oldest pharmacy. Founded as a Dominican friars convent, its apothecary was renowned for its formulations of perfumes and remedies. New from the brand are four new artisanal scents found within the I Giardini Medicei collection. The Gelsomino scent is based around jasmine to bring to life the tale of Cosimo III de’ Medici and his love for a unique jasmine flower, that came from Goa in 1688. More similar to a small rose than to a classic jasmine, the Granduca Cosimo III had a special greenhouse built for it, and banned its cultivation in all the realm. Only his trusted botanists could perpetrate the variety in the secret greenhouse–known as the ‘Stufa dei Mugherini’–the warm greenhouse made for the Goa jasmines in the Villa Medicea di Castello, that still enchants us, today.
£160.00, 50ml Eau de Parfum, smnovella.com
L’Objet: Oh Mon Dieu!
Inspired by bohemian Paris in the 1960s, L’Objet Oh Mon Dieu! scent is bold and playful and is a fragrance inspired by the sexual revolution. Top
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One of the best ways to get to know a country is through its food and beverage offerings. For the holiday season, check out these excellent wines from under-the-radar wine regions in different parts of the world (which we should be drinking more from!) for your wanderlust wine-loving friends who are eager to try something new. Note: All wines mentioned are available in the United States.
They drink differently in London than we do here in New York. For one thing, pubs open—and close—a lot earlier. For another, expect to buy a round for your friends at a pub, and count on them to buy you a drink in return. (All of which may explain why they drive on the wrong side of the road.)
The Mount Hood stratovolcano, around two hour’s drive east of Portland, Oregon, is the most transfixing ski destination you’re ever likely to lay eyes on. It’s a perfect snow-topped pyramid, pushing high through the clouds, with a belt of fir trees and pistes that crisscross the forest like strands of a spider’s web. Get closer and you’ll see the pattern is the result of several exciting ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Skibowl, Mount Hood Meadows, Summit Ski Area and Cooper Spur. For those who love winter sports, this region always offers another reason to stay longer.
One of the most delightful holiday traditions is counting down the days to Christmas with an advent calendar, especially with one filled with chocolate. The tradition of advent calendars dates back to 19th-century Germany, where people marked the days leading up to Christmas with daily small treats. The first printed advent calendar appeared around 1903, with religious images behind small numbered doors. Over time, the concept evolved to include a variety of themes, from chocolates to toys and was adopted outside of Germany too. Here are ten of the finest luxury chocolate advent calendars, created by the world’s top chocolatiers.
Black Friday, the rallying cry of the holiday shopping season, returns next week with travel deals that some industry experts say are more robust than usual, addressing financial concerns among a growing number of consumers and the normalization of travel trends.
Northern European countries are used to dealing with extreme weather conditions, bringing innovation and practicality with a strong dose of Nordic flair but always rigorously tested and fit for purpose.
It's not just Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals that have people getting excited for the holidays. Many hotels around the world are rolling out the holiday decorations and activities to get everyone into the spirit of the season. For many, giving the gift of travel is one of the most exciting presents of all. Here are some of the most interesting hotel experiences available to travelers this month.
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