Not everyone has access to endless PTO, so what’s a person to do when it seems like everyone you know is frolicking somewhere glorious while you’re stuck in the office pushing paper? Scheduling some sort of mini getaway is a must if you’re able — studies say that it’s actually good for your career — but in the meantime, you can travel vicariously via a whiff of your wrist. From the desert to the beach, we’ve rounded up 9 destination fragrances (and a candle) that have been formulated explicitly to smell like travel-worthy locales.
You’ll feel like you’re basking in the warm California sunshine with a single spritz of Atelier’s Clementine California Cologne. It combines notes of sweet clementine with fresh and earthy juniper berries. Soft sandalwood and cypress grounds the fragrance while a dash of zippy mandarin cuts through it all.
Let’s not leave the desert just yet. Phlur Moab is an EDP, crafted by perfumer Ralf Schweiger, that was inspired by the vast openness of Moab, Utah, arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the entire United States. It contains notes of spicy long pepper, earthy clove, sweet jasmine and warm vanilla and tonka bean.
On the opposite side of the travel spectrum is Smell Bent’s St. Tropez Dispenser, which will immediately transport you to the vibrant blue beaches of France’s charming coastal town. It smells exactly like a luxurious day spent at the beach via coconut, aloe, jasmine and soft musk.
While we’re in France, we ought to make a pitstop in the world’s most romantic city, Paris. Yves Saint Laurent’s Mon Paris evokes Parisian sensuality via vibrant notes of strawberry and raspberry, the warmth of bergamot, ambrox and cedarwood, and a hint of sweetness a la orange blossoms, jasmin sambanc and white peony.
Next up on this whirlwind tour around the globe is a visit to a Mediterranean flower garden via Hermes’ Un Jardin en Mediterranee. Launched in 2003, it’s one of the more established fragrances in this lineup but remains one of the brand’s most popular scents. It was inspired by a paradise-like Tunisian garden and features notes of fig leaves, cypress, citrus and oleander.
For something similar but with an Italian spin, try Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi. This fragrance conjures visions of the striking Amalfi coast on a warm and breezy day. It features an exotic blend of sweet jasmine and orange blossoms, juicy grapefruit and a sprig or two of both mint and thyme.
Juniper Ridge is known for its rugged, pure plant essences that they extract from wildly harvested organic life. Siskiyou Backpacker Cologne was inspired by the cool, earthy air of the Pacific Northwest and features a blend of extracts from bark, conifers, moss, mushrooms and other items found in Oregon’s backcountry.
If you’ve been around since the early ’00s, you know that Demeter has made a name for itself in the fragrance community for offering truly unique single-note scents. Occasionally, though, it will go for a complex fragrance, which is exactly the case for Alaskan Air. The scent was formulated by CEO Mark Crames, who was inspired by a vacation he took to Alaska, which he calls one of the most amazing vacations of his life. Alaskan Air smells like crisp mountain air, vibrant evergreen trees and sparkling water.
If you’re not a cologne wearer, try a candle instead. Burkelman That Hudson Valley Candle smells like lakeside campfires situated against a river in upstate New York. The Welcome to the Vortex Candle was inspired by the “energizing desert vortexes” of the American West, like those found in Sedona’s red rock valley.