Match your fragrance to your European escape
You might think you’re prepared to jet off on your overseas adventure. Your passport is prepped, your hotel is booked, and you’re 110% ready to leave the Aussie winter behind in favour of the European sun. But until you’ve packed your vacation perfume, are you really all set? Absolutely not. As you may know, scent is one of the strongest senses when it comes to memory, making it an ideal (and powerful) travel companion.
Personally, I know a hint of Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess whisks me to straight to Waikiki Beach and a sniff of Balmain Extatic Tiger Orchid takes me directly back to Manhattan (or more specifically, and somewhat embarrassingly, the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park). Think of your perfume as a particularly chic postcard – a special memento you take home with you that immortalises a moment in time and flips the vacation mode switch in a single spritz. My scent strategy? Pick a perfume for each trip you take. If you’re willing to invest in a new iPhone to house your memories, why not select a specific scent to allow you to forever relive them? This can definitely be an expensive habit – if you’re after a more affordable option, you might find your favourite vacation perfumes come in smaller sizes with lower price points or handy rollerballs that you can even pack for the plane. Otherwise, we guarantee these are worth the cash (and the extra luggage fees) – there’s no need to feel guilty; after all, how can you put a price on a memory? We’ve curated cologne recommendations based on the countries you could be visiting to make sure you find a fabulous fragrant fit for your sun-drenched destination.
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