Scents of Summer: Euro-Trip Edit
Heading overseas this summer? From the flower markets of Amsterdam, to Picasso’s favorite neighborhood in Spain and picturesque the hills of Provence, we’ve rounded up the fragrances to transport you to wherever you’re flying off to this season.
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Hop on a bike and cruise the canals of Amsterdam with Atelier Bloem’s Niew Amsterdam. Referencing the aromatics of Bloemenmarkt, the Dutch city’s floating flower market, this fragrance is kind of like a bicycle ride through the capital, filled with fresh spices, geranium and rose petals, enhanced with touch of ginger and heart notes of oud, musk, and amber.
Atelier Bloem is the new olfactive outpost of Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, the duo behind (MALIN+GOETZ), so you know it’s going to smell original, incredible, and what we like to think of as #wanderlust in a bottle.
Carner’s El Born takes you straight into the heart of Picasso’s favorite artsy corner of Barcelona. Packed with tiny galleries, boutiques and museums, El Born is something of a creative nucleus, filled with culture and exotic aromatics – perfect for perfume-making if you ask us.
Carner Barcelona’s perfume is as colorful as the local graffiti in El Born. Featuring a medley of vanilla, musk and wood, El Born blooms with a dash of fig and jasmine. Wear when you’re wandering tiny cobbled streets, tasting tapas and basking in the late-afternoon sun.
Think lavender fields and olive groves, filled with fresh countryside air, and you’re almost there. A lovely gourmand scent, Romance de Provence starts with a fruity splash of blackcurrant and pear and then opens to a bouquet of rose, jasmine and violet, underscored with amber and patchouli at the base. It’s a sophisticated scent with a touch of je ne sais quoi, like an Instagram pic brought to life, or all your French fantasties rolled into one.
The inspiration may be the dangerous, Russian version of the Shakespearean heroine —but the scent, at once spicy and zesty combination of bergamot, ginger and woods—suggests a boozy rendition of the popular Moscow Mule cocktail.
Fresh chunks of ginger dripped in fresh lime, the composition packs a punch right from the start. Apple and bergamot join the concoction just in time to complete this stroke of briliance. Romano Ricci, the great-grandson and heir to Nina Ricci’s fortune, fame and talent has done it again.