The Nose Will Travel
My favorite scents are the ones that transport me somewhere: One whiff of fresh-cut grass and I’m relaxing in my backyard; a sniff of pine and I’m hiking in the Berkshires. David Moltz of D.S. & Durga knows where I’m coming from—he was so inspired by a visit to Scotland and Ireland last year that he created a trio called Hylnds (above, $180, barneys.com). “I’m always searching out new aromatic materials, and on this trip, I got some amazing ones: poplar bud, black pine, fir balsam,” says Moltz, who channeled W.B. Yeats when it came to naming his concoctions: Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake is a damp, woodsy beech-wood-and-heather blend with a “roasted seashell” note; Isle Ryder mixes jasmine and spruce. And Bitter Rose, Broken Spear smells like a bonfire—which makes me happy wherever I am.