Holiday scents that will carry you away

Perfumes with a sense of place


By Renyi Lim

Holiday scents that will carry you away

Destination: Venice

Try: Les Exclusifs de Chanel MISIA by Chanel75ml for RM 562

The city of Venice holds a special place in Chanel’s history: it is where Gabrielle Chanel and the enigmatic art patron, Misia Sert, forged the bonds of their friendship – one that would help transform Chanel into the woman who would revolutionise style. Misia’s whirlwind spirit now lives on in Chanel’s fragrance of violet flower, Grasse rose, lush iris, and Laotian benzoin. Let her take you by the hand and lead you through the maze of Venice’s squares and alleys, leaving a seductive trail as you go.

Destination: London

Try: My Burberry EDT by Burberry, 50ml for RM270

A spritz of My Burberry will ensure that you have a jolly good time in London, come rain or shine. With a bright, fresh scent of peonies, peach flowers, sweet pea, white moss, and musk, it’s like stepping into a spring blossom garden after a brisk downpour. Just don’t forget to pair it with a classic gabardine Burberry trench coat – when it comes to an English summer, you never know when the weather’s going to turn.

Destination: Corfu

Try: Eros Pour Femme by Versace EDP, 30ml for RM 286

Life on a Greek island like Corfu, with its emerald seas and rugged mountains, is enough to turn any wistful traveller into a would-be mermaid. Sensual, radiant and magnetic, Versace’s Eros Pour Femme draws its powers of seduction from Sicilian lemon, Calabrian bergamot, jasmine absolute Sambac, and creamy sandalwood. Layer the fragrance over a tan and your most daring bikini, then watch the boys fall for you hook, line and sinker.

Destination: Puglia

Try: Italian Summer Fig EDT by The Body Shop50ml for RM 109

There’s just something about figs that screams summer: their bittersweet aroma bursting with the fullness of ripe, milky flesh. Many an Italian will insist that the best figs come from the sun-bleached region of Puglia, which boasts enormous stretches of Mediterranean coastline and lush, fertile farmland. The Body Shop has captured the fig’s opulent scent, combining it with green notes of grape leaf and crocus, plus elements of ocean spray, Tuscan rose, and amber in their new signature offering. Be prepared – it really does smell good enough to eat.

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