Can’t access your favourite destination just yet? Float to your favourite world capitals via scent.
Frederic Malle has perfume in his DNA. Raised in a dynasty of noses, Malle was born into the olfactory world. His grandfather created Parfums Christian Dior, a legacy his mother continued, and now Frederic Malle curates some of the finest scent edits in collaboration with the world’s finest noses – which is why he’s aka The Perfume Publisher.
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, 14 Burlington Arcade, London W1J 0PH. Tel: +44 (0)20 7409 2364 www.fredericmalle.com
Cult contemporary perfume house Le Labo has the feel of New York imbued from the pared back aesthetic of its bottling to its cutting edge ingredients. Collaborations with specialist artisans and craftspeople complement the minimalist, laboratory look of its boutiques, where you can craft your own scents via Le Labo’s signature personalisation service.
Le Labo, 48 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9EP Tel: +44 (0)20 3302 8283 lelabofragrances.com
An olfactory rapture of the senses, exotic aromas envelop you in an ethereal haze that floats you through the mysteries of the Orient. The Merchant of Venice is the cult luxury perfume house that’s faithful to its Venetian heritage – from the Murano glass of its bottles to the stories of its scents. Blue Tea conjures the explorations of Marco Polo on his journey along the Silk Road, incorporating the never-before-used butterfly pea flower, bottled in breathtaking Chinoiserie, of course.
Available from Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL Tel: +44 (0)20 3626 7020 themerchantofvenice.com
Jo Malone is among the capital’s most popular perfumers. Her scents centre around fresh, springlike aromas. The Blossoms range summons plum, neroli and fig – fragrances that wear you from the spring of morning to the sultry night, while peony and blush suede and wild bluebell can be worn separately or blended together for the ultimate in olfactory customisation.
Jo Malone, 101 Regent Street, London, W1B 4EZ. Tel: +44 (0)370 192 5021 jomalone.co.uk