Scenting a road trip: What are your favorites?

road trip beachHowdy, all you lovely Posse folks! We are heading to the beach a bit earlier than usual this summer, so I probably won’t be able to chat in comments as I’ll be in and out of town. But I would love to hear what are your favorite road-trip scents.

As for me, I’ll be driving a lot by myself, so I can wear pretty much what I like. But even so, there won’t be anything too hot and heavy wafting in my car. I think I’ll be packing Bulgari’s Eau Parfumée Au Thé Bleu (so refreshing on a long haul and I love their scented towelettes), as well as Clinique’s Calyx, plus Kai, and a dab of Carnal Flower for dining out and for a sultry night at the beach. Plus test-driving a bit of Diptyque’s new Eau des Sens, an orange-blossom bombshell (maybe?). And perhaps something warmer to counteract the rain that’s supposed to dump on part of this weekend.

So what about you? What fragrances do you wear on a road trip that have you merrily zipping down the blacktop? What do you take along scent-wise when you travel? It’s always fun to discover new fragrances along the way or at your destination, but if you’re in a perfume Deadsville, it’s good to have some old faithfuls to fall back on.


  1. I haven’t done a whole lot of traveling but for me, it depends on the weather and where I am going. Virginia in late September I was either Sarrasins or vintage no 5. Maybe one day I wore Iris Silver Mister. When I went to Texas, I took only no 19. I thought I was gonna die because I had only 1 perfume with me instead of taking 2. But it depends on what the weather is for your destination. I say go with 2 perfumes.

  2. I loved carnal flower on a tropical beach vacation. On my road trips I go easy with cologne kind of fragrances, eau de magnolia doesn’t offend anyone in the car.

  3. OMG yes, Calyx! It’s so amazingly fresh.

    As to what I would wear, I’m really into Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea for anywhere hot, and I just found out about Creed’s Virgin Island Water – can’t imagine anything better for a beach!

  4. I agree with Eldarwen. 2 perfumes for the road. More than that is cumbersome, and besides, when you find something you really NEED, you feel justified in getting it. Because “I only have 2 with me”. Mitsouko is always good for me, and Eau Sauvage is perfect for warm weather. Have fun at the beach, Ann!

  5. I too, love Calyx, and will consider bringing it along on my next trip. My usual go-anywhere fragrance is Y, in edt form.

  6. I always take a little Lady Primrose dusting powder and at least one Guerlain decant, usually from L’art et la Matiere series because they are comforting and luxurious (generally our vacations involve the family; I love them but long days with teenagers can be challenging sometimes tho they are getting better! 🙂 ) I love your idea of taking Kai, summery and reliable, not too much in a car.

  7. I usually put in a few “surprise” samples that came with purchases or ones I haven’t made up my mind about. Sometimes wearing them in different surroundings helps me think about them. I keep a backup solid perfume, usually something tea related since I find those “neutral”, in a small tin in my travel bag to layer over them or wear on its own.

  8. Hi Ann, have a wonderful time! Road trips are my favorite. Since it’s usually just my husband and me, I can wear whatever I like but I prefer something easy going. Right now I am into Dame Perfumery New Musk, it’s lovely on its own or layered with just about anything. I like to take a variety of samples based on weather and destination.

  9. Hey Ann,
    We have returned from 3 days driving around Tasmania again this weekend. Jin wore the original Bottega Veneta and I was in Hermès Vanille Galante. Both really easy going frags that were comfortable and harmonious in the cool of Autumn down here.
    Portia xx

  10. Ooooh, Carnal Flower ALWAYS. For summer vacays, I also like taking Atelier’s Orange Sanguine or FM’s Cologne Indelible for their yummy freshness. And I usually can’t go anywhere without a sample of Mitsouko.

    What beach are you at? Hope you have a marvelous and relaxing time!

  11. Interesting choices Ann. You’ve thought of every occasion. I usually take 2 perfumes with me – some cologne or something light for the day and something fancy for the evenings. Recently I was on a short trip in the US and I took with me California Reverie from VC&A Collection Extraordinaire for the day and one of my all-time-favourites – Gucci Rush for the evenings.
    Enjoy your time at the beach and beware of stingrays (we had a brief encounter).

  12. I don’t drive, so driving trips are out. I just got back from a four-day stay in San Juan. I brought decants of Bruno Fazzolari’s Room 231 and Guerlain’s Habit Rouge Dress Code. I ended up wearing the Guerlain more, though my travel mate really liked Room 231!

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