I’m heading on the road for a few days to the mountains, visiting colleges for my soon-to-be (two weeks!) high school senior. Mercy, how did this happen? Anyway, several of those we are scouting are in the mountains (the rural Southern mountains, not the snow-capped beauties shown above). So my travels aren’t likely to offer much in the way of sniffing, unless we’re talking maple syrup and late-summer apples, so I’ll have to bring my own.
So thinking out of the box, I wonder: What are the best scents for a late-summer road trip that’s to cooler climes and isn’t the beach? This is a pretty new experience for me as DH is a diehard beach lover.
When en route, it needs to be a fragrance that works well in the enclosed space of a vehicle, is easygoing (for the passengers’ sakes) and makes you feel good – especially important if you’re the primary driver. And while we’re in vacation mode: What to pack in your purse or suitcase?
With slightly chilly nights ahead in the mountains, I can probably get away with some slightly warmer scents: the elegant Arquiste Ella and Ormonde Jayne’s Vanille d’Iris come to mind. And for the sunny — but not hot — days and maybe even some rain, Annick Goutal’s Nuit Etoilee with its crisp, forest-and-pine vibe might work nicely, as would Frederic Malle’s Eau de Magnolia. No fancy restaurants or nights out where we’re going, so no blockbuster, big-glam scents needed. But who knows? Maybe I’ll live large and dangerously, poke around and throw together a hodge-podge of samples, etc., and see what sticks (or works) when I get there.
What about you? When your destination is not what you’re used to, what do you pack, fragrance-wise? Do you slip in some comforting old favorites, or go out on a limb and take some edgier choices? Or a mix of both?