How To Match Your Fragrance to Your Next Summer Vacation Destination

Photo by Mario Sorrenti, styled by Camilla Nickerson

Summer travel is around the corner, which means it’s time to stock up on a new fragrance for your next trip. But rather than just pack a travel-sized version of your go-to scent, allow Hollywood’s resident perfumer, Lisa Hoffman, to match your fragrance to your specific destination. Hoffman first started mixing her own perfumes at the age of six, thanks to a gift from her uncle, and worked off of her grandmother’s Chanel No. 5 as a model. Fast forward to 2017, her eponymous fragrance-jewelry line is as understated as it is transportive, which makes her our ultimate fragrance guru, especially when it comes to preparing for far-off locations. Whether you’re jetting Copenhagen, or sailing to Meads Bay, Anguilla, trying a new scent for the adventure will take you back again with a single spray. Here, Hoffman rounds up a few of her favorites, the unexpected and new beauty favorite, dirt, included.


In Paris, France: “If Paris is the fashion capital of the world, then Chanel N°5 would be the perfume capital. Wear this while sipping summer-inspired cocktails at Bar Hemingway in the Ritz Carlton, after spending your day shopping on the Champs Elysees.”

CHANEL N°5 Eau de Parfum, $132,


In Auckland, New Zealand: “The blend of herbaceous flowers, musk, and beeswax in this fragrance remind me of my time in New Zealand: Nights spent among breezy patios surrounded with wildflowers, and days walking the endless ethereal coasts.”

Annick Goutal Eau Du Ciel, $120,


In Joshua Tree, California: “With a scent reminiscent of fresh soil, deep forests, and campfires, it’s the perfect fragrance companion for a weekend away under the stars.”

Byredo Gypsy Water, $150,


In Cannes, France: “Named after the address of their first boutique, this complex yet fresh floral fragrance reminds me of the sparking days and romantic evenings spent on holiday in South France.”

Diptyque 34 Boulevard Saint Germain, $150,


In Meads Bay, Anguilla: “There’s something about the soft white sand and tranquil turquoise waters of Meads Bay that seem to stretch forever. Wood Sage & Sea Salt was crafted to keep that memory of windswept shore with you even after your escape to the sea is over.”

Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, $130,


In London, England: “This fragrance was actually inspired by the Serpentine Galleries in London, and dons green notes from neighboring Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. One spritz will remind you of the dynamic spirit of the modern venue and it’s juxtaposition with nature.”

COMME DES GARÇONS Serpentine, $95,


In Osaka, Japan: “Bright, modern, with newfound vibrancy – descriptions that perfectly fit the spirit of Osaka and the scent of Pop simultaneously.”

Stella McCartney Pop, $92,


In Napa Valley, California: “A classic American wine destination calls for a classic American fragrance. The feminine, clean scent of bergamont and muguet blossoms pair nicely with summer afternoons sipping vino with loved ones.”

Philosophy Amazing Grace, $66,


In Marrakesh, Morocco: “It would be only natural to wear YSL’s most sultry fragrance in this opulent city, which will house a new museum dedicated to the work of the aforementioned fashion icon later this year.”

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, $118,


In Copenhagen, Denmark: “This tranquil, woody scent is balanced with a bright, energizing infusion of fresh ginger and bergamot, enlivening creativity and sensuality in the waterfront Danish city that encourages the same.”

Lisa Hoffman Japanese Agarwood, $65,