Bring along a TSA-approved scent for your holiday travel—it’ll last longer than your trip.
Sometimes, the last place you want to be is home for the holidays. Daydreaming at the office of sandy shores and urban adventures is what holds us over through rushed deadlines and longer winter nights. So, if you made the move and booked your ticket, then you deserve a new rollerball scent to take with you. The Sephora Glossy has rounded up the best travel-friendly fragrances to match your destination and make the experience all the more memorable. JESSICA VELEZ
If you’re hitting the slopes…
Gloves and scarves are not the only items to pack if you want to stay toasty when you’re heading to Tahoe and the like. A warm scent with spiced notes will make you feel all the more bundled up, and will turn up the romance if you plan on clinking hot cocoa mugs by the fire with your boo. Commodity Gold, a luxurious musky fragrance, will fit right in in the French Alps or Aspen. If you need more of a jolt before you snowboard down the mountain, note that Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium is mixed with coffee in addition to its earthy patchouli essence. And since you’re willing to brave frigid temps, you’re obviously a bit of a daredevil, making Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black your match. Its sandalwood and rich vanilla notes will make everyone who glides by want to know who’s behind that ski mask.
If you’re diving in headfirst at the beach…
Not everyone is dreaming of a white Christmas, and who can blame you for ditching eggnog for margaritas on the beach? Not us! So, with your relaxed spirit in mind, we’ve paired a trio of scents for your balmy getaway. For the island wanderer, MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA’s heliotrope- and pink pepper–infused Beach Walk scent is what you should throw in your rattan bag. And THE BLEND 03 Amber Vanilla is like the fragrance equivalent of a coconut bra. Lastly, moonlit boardwalk strolls call for a zesty scent like Atelier Cologne’s Mandarine Glaciale.
If you’ll be bustling in a big city…
You finally took up your cousin’s offer to visit her in the city, and have plans to see the holiday parade. So, you need a scent as chic as your surroundings and as crisp as the weather. Tory Burch is a classic metropolitan brand, and its Eau de Parfum scent will keep you happy and alert with grapefruit nestled in its mixture. If heading to the city park is a must-do, bring along the floral Chloé Eau de Parfum fragrance. And Jimmy Choo’s Illicit scent was made for a glamorous night on the town where holiday lights sparkle from every building. Lastly, a fancy hotel’s tea service calls for British designer Stella McCartney’s eponymous perfume that’s both prim and feminine.
If you’re glamping in the desert…
A nomadic desert trip frees you from both the winter vortex and the pressure of trying on a bathing suit after eating dozens of gingerbread men—what’s not to love? Even though the degrees will fluctuate, you’ll still want fresh, cooling scents here since the dry terrain will leave you thirsty. Victor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb is an incredibly soft perfume that won’t weigh you down if things heat up. On cool nights, when the desert sky gives you a crystal-clear view of the stars, warm up with Narcisco Rodriguez’s romantic For Her perfume. If the thermometer reaches a breaking point, bring Marc Jacob’s Mod Noir gardenia scent to instantly freshen you up. And, if you start seeing mirages filled with sugarplums, Prada Candy’s oh-so-sweet notes will hold you over.
Prada’s new Olfactories collection has some pretty eccentric marketing imagery to represent each of the 10 scents. The fragrances are described as “provoking the surreal, cinematic experience of a partially remembered dream.”
Do we all not live for summer? From ice cream dripping down our wrists to longer days and shorter to-do lists, we can’t get enough. And if summer is our time to break out of the mold and make our daydreams come true, then we should have a scent that speaks to that genuine side of life. Well, consider it done. The Sephora Glossy matched some of the season’s best pastimes with a perfume that will take you there and back again. JESSICA VELEZ
Soft and sweet, Prada Candy Kiss is the cotton candy of perfume. So, that makes it perfect for an innocent date at the fair, where bright lights render you starry eyed and rides make you giddy and dizzy—or maybe that’s the romance? Sit close on the Ferris wheel and let your date breathe in the orange blossom, suave vanilla, and musk slowly spiraling through the summer night air.
Chic and sophisticated, Miu Miu’s debut fragrance carries notes that are both fresh and earthy in its matelassé bottle. Docking off for a morning boat pedal at the lake, surrounded by gliding geese and swans, will give you a similar sense of its uprooted ingredients. Lily of the valley, jasmine petal, and ginger notes call for an outdoorsy yet refined experience such as this.
Part of the CLEAN Reserve collection, the Amber Saffron scent was crowned the “most delicious” by the brand. Why? Because raspberries were squeezed into the blend. The effect is a spoonful of sweet to this otherwise musky and sensual fragrance. So, the next time you’re hankering for a berry jam or pie, get into the spirit by dabbing this on before grabbing your wicker basket.
There’s so much to love about a Sunday morning in the summer. Like the fact that your alarm clock is dead to you (at least for the day) and you can give your pet all the tummy scratches in the world. But, you might feel a little hot and sticky. For that, we have a twofold remedy. First, spray on this clean and zesty fragrance, and then get to squeezing a fresh batch of homemade lemonade—spiked or extra sugar is your call. Bonus points if you drink it on the porch.
This prim-meets-posh scent was inspired by an uptown woman’s Saturday afternoon while strolling down 10 Crosby street. But where does this urban sophisticate go when the sun has set, but it’s too muggy to stay indoors? She heads—patchwork quilt and wine bottle in hand—to her nearby park’s public screening of a classic film. The scent’s notes of pink peony and French narcisse will be welcomed amongst the local foliage.
Fall in love with the perfect pairing of fragrance and lipstick.
The fluffy teddy bears are lining up shelves and Cupid is taking aim. It’s love season! Here at Sephora, we say it’s time to get flirty with beauty, too. It’s the best reason to break out the pinkest pinks and scrumptious scents. Every perfume has a lipstick that’s made for it—think beauty soul mates—and we’ve paired each one for a match made in heaven. Explore the duos below, then spritz and swipe for instant romance. JESSICA VELEZ