Everyone has a different way to rekindle memories and feelings of the places they’ve visited. Some take photos. Others collect pebbles or seashells. Starting soon, people will have another way to remember different cities of the world -- this time through a line of fragrances for men and women named Scents of Departure.
The Scents of Departure line offers cities like Munich, Paris, Miami -- and 14 others -- in fragrance form. The city-themed scents are expressed through their respective airport codes, such as Dubai (DXB) or London (LHR), and packaged in bottles that resemble checked baggage tags. Each 50 milliliter bottle, a TSA safe 1.7 ounces, are collectible and offer the "essence of a city in a bottle," according to Scents of Departure.
"The smells represent feelings and ideas about the city not a literal translation of the city," said Gaby Perez, a spokeswoman for Scents of Departure team. "For example, for New York, creator Gerald [Ghislain] wants a perfume that would recreate a walk in Central Park, and since he loves to play with words and scents he added a hint of green apple in honor of, of course, the Big Apple. But then for Los Angeles the interpretation became more abstract. They wanted to play with Hollywood symbols, so Los Angeles is a perfume that is both luxurious and pretentious, like a little burst of glory and seduction."
Gishlain launched Scents of Departure along with Magali Senequier of French line Histoires de Parfums, as a joint effort. The 14 city fragrances are currently available at some duty free shops in international airports and a few beyond-the-airport-boutiques.
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
"Intrinsically rich with culture, dazzling Abu Dhabi is an extraordinary fusion of antiquity and modernity. The hustle and bustle of this city is wrapped within luxurious sky-scrapers that overlook the sparkling Arabian Gulf. A brilliant layer of bergamot is felt at the pristine beachfront of Yas Island and like the breathtaking, multi-faceted Saadiyat; light notes of jasmine are enriched by an unforgettable deep trail of amber."
"In a majestic gesture of oriental dance, the sparkling scents of the lemon and the yellow tangerine remind us of an elegant movement towards the sky, Doha reveals a precious olfactory show: a spicy bouquet with jasmine and rose accords merge the opulent and the sensual, like the pearl of the Qatar."
"Bali, a mysterious oasis filled with majestic temples and pristine reefs. Like ceremonial art form, sun kissed mandarin and fresh lemon sparkle over the Ayung River. A beautiful bouquet of delicate white florals emerges deep within an amber- wooded layer reminiscent of the mystic Ubud village. The final touches of creamy vanilla bring you back to Nusa Dua, as if you had never left."
"Futuristic architecture, opulent malls and fascinating life are all a part of this cosmopolitan atmosphere. An intense rose essence from Burj Khalifa is wrapped in light and fresh citrusy accords found on the Jumeirah beach. Your adrenaline surges as you sand ski in the desert and marvel peacefully at the hypnotizing skyline at night. A final extravagant blend of Oud encapsulates this diverse and vibrant city."
"Fruity, sparkling and joyful with an apple twist like an Ebbelwei savored on the typical Römenber place. The fresh, lively and airy fragrance of a walk along Frankfurt Main riversides surrounded by magnolia and white flowers blend with the soft woody forest scents of Frankfurter Stadwald."
Hong Kong (HKG)
"Hop on The Peak and revel in the breathtaking panoramas of the skyline. Towering skyscrapers, lush green valleys and secluded beaches are all a part of this stunning city. In the Lantan Island, The Giant Buddha is surrounded by an array of roses, violets and lilies. A spontaneous layer of fresh fruity accords take you to the Victoria Harbor for a magnificent symphony of lights fused with a fizzy lemon and dazzling pears."
"The miracle of the Han opens with green notes from the dewy leaves that run through the valley on the Cheonggye Stream. Wander into Gwanghwamun and the statue of King Sejong the Great greets you with a peaceful and transparent floral heart. Tour the N Seoul Tower and gaze at the sea of lights as The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain turns the city into a galaxy of twinkling stars."
Los Angeles (LAX)
"Welcome to Hollywood! Where stars are born and dreams come true. A fresh breeze of grapefruit and plum take you down Rodeo Drive for a glamorous appeal. Chic yet subtle notes of jasmine and gardenia dance on the Walk of Fame for an addictive heart that pulsates into the night at LA Live. Luxurious santal and amber are wrapped in musk for an edgy twist because this city is no angel."
"The sun glistens over Ocean Drive, invigorating the senses. A cocktail of warm citrus notes playfully sparkle over the waters of South Beach as warm amber hues dance the night away at the famous Mango's night club. Your sun kissed skin never felt so good. Fun and spontaneous moments make you feel confident and beautiful, full of life, and ready to take on the world! You just can't wait to come back."
"This sweet oriental transports you to the fashion capital of the world. Grace the cobble stones of the Quadrilatero d'Oro as an effortless layer of sensual spices suffuses the senses. The Duomo cathedral is surrounded by sun fruits and white florals. Mesmerized by the breathtaking view of the Last Supper, sweet notes of chocolate, remind you of yummy gelato you had earlier today."
New York City (NYC)
"A lovely sunny day in the Big Apple City. The air is filled with the scents of lilac and rose from the vast and majestic Central Park. You are walking along Times Square under the mild and fresh breeze from New York harbour. Enjoy this modern, crisp and invigorating fragrance with sparkling and sourish notes of apple."
"A walk from the peaceful Danube banks full of enchanting scents of fresh mint, cut grass and water flowers to an outdoor breakfast in the Palace garden of Belveder. Enjoy the garden's baroque atmosphere and the gourmand scents of Wien's pastries, delicious with their notes of vanilla, licorice, chocolate and coffee. A blend of scents, bewitching like a Strauss waltz at Schönbrunn Palace."