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How to Smell Like Your Favorite Vacation Spot

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Every time I step off the plane in Maui, the humid, gardenia-scented air immediately puts me in vacation mode. And when I can’t hop a plane, I spray Tilly, a tropical perfume that immediately transports me back to my favorite beach vacations. Here are 9 more scents that will take you around the world.

Death Valley
With notes of wood, leather saddle bags, and burnt rubber tires, Moto Oud will remind you of that time your motorcycle broke down in the desert.

Blackbird’s Moto Oud Eau de Parfum, $38


Big Sur Coastline
Scents of salt air, camphor, and foggy chaparral will transport you to your last road trip down California’s coastal Highway 1.

Juniper Ridge’s Big Sur Backpacker Cologne, $60

Donegal Coast, Ireland
Cold, briny and mossy, it’s the Irish Coast in a bottle.

D.S. & Durga Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake, $180

French Riviera
The salty scent with accents of seaweed and driftwood takes us back to the Mediterranean setting of the comical film the scent is named for.

CB I HATE PERFUME Mr. Hulot’ s Holiday, $50

West Texas
The scent of an American cowboy comes through in this fragrance with its masculine spicy, musky, leathery notes.

Le Labo Santal 33, $250


Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and tropical gardenia scream Aloha.

By Rosie Jane Tilly, $39

You’ll recall your last visit walking the cedar-lined streets of Kyoto and smelling the incense burning from nearby temples.

Comme des Garçons Eau de Toilette Kyoto, $95

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This Buenos Aires-based scent lab concocts perfumes that evoke the essence of South America. Cedar, musk and pepper notes will take you straight to a traditional gaucho’s pub in the Argentine countryside.

Fueguia 1833 Pulpería, $150

The exotic plant life of Madagascar comes to life with a bouquet of ylang ylang, tropical evergreen, and spicy pink peppercorn.

14°S 48°E – Madagascar eau de parfum by Richard Lüscher Britos, $160

Photo by Kyle Ellison