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9 Scents That Remind Us of the Great Outdoors

From a Caribbean beach to a Moroccan adventure, find your much-needed vacation in a bottle.

By: Hannah Baxter

As we slowly come to accept our new normal from inside our homes, we’re doing everything we can to find small pockets of joy throughout the day. Whether that’s a 20-minute restorative yoga session, a hydrating face mask, or even a hearty bowl of pasta in the afternoon—whatever calms the nerves and makes us feel a little more at ease. And since we’re not able to spend much time outside for the foreseeable future, we’re turning to fragrance to help us reminisce about parks, beaches, and other outdoors-y locales from the safety of our homes. That’s the power of scent—it can transport you with just a few spritzes. From a field of wildflowers to a seaside escape, these are the nine fragrances we’re wearing to remind us of the great outdoors.


Heretic Dirty Grass with CBD, $185

That fresh-cut-grass smell is one of our favorite scents of the summer. Pair that with calming CBD oil, plus a soothing honey dry-down, and you have a functional fragrance that is sure to calm your mind and transport you to brighter, more relaxing days ahead.

Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, $70

With the arrival of warm weather, we’re already growing nostalgic for beach vacations that will very likely be delayed. However, this scent captures the mineral and earthy scent of the sand and sea for a lively fragrance that is ideal for vacation reminiscing.

Valentino Donna Born in Roma Eau de Parfum, $100

An homage to our friends in Italy, this relatively new scent from Valentino manages to capture the vibrancy of Rome with mouthwatering jasmine, black currant, and bourbon vanilla. It’s an edgy floral mix that we’ll happily wear any day of the week.

Tom Ford Oud Wood, $240

Spicy, mysterious, luxuriously woody, this Tom Ford fragrance captures all the notes of a trip to Morocco, with sandalwood, oud, vetiver, and rose wood. Pretend you’re mingling with your fellow travelers without ever leaving your apartment.

Ellis Brooklyn West Eau de Parfum, $105

Those of us on the east coast are already missing our friends out in L.A., but this citrusy scent can take us there with notes of blood orange, water lily, and vetiver. Crisp and refreshing, we can’t get enough of the intoxicating dry-down that just gets better throughout the day.

Véronique Gabai Sur La Plage, $290

Gabai’s luxe perfume collection is inspired by her home in the south of France, and Sur La Plage is our go-to for pretending we’re at the edge of the Côte d’Azur. Breezy, floral, with a hint of salt, it’s basically a vacation in a bottle.

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy, $106

Not only does the bottle itself bring us joy, but the classic Marc Jacobs Daisy is one of the most joyful in his entire fragrance collection. Lighthearted strawberry and jasmine mix beautifully with warm sandalwood, so you feel like you’re daydreaming in a field of flowers instead of curled up in sweatpants on the couch.

Creed Virgin Island Water, $310

A Caribbean escape sounds like heaven right now, and this cult-favorite fragrance captures it perfectly with plenty of coconut and Jamaican lime. Hibiscus, ylang-ylang, and tropical wood anchor the scent for a blissful island getaway right from your living room.

D.S. & Durga Jazmin Yucatan, $175

This limited-edition scent captures a trip through the jungle with notes of passion flower, water, snake plant, and clove. You can practically feel the humidity of the Yucatán Peninsula. We wouldn’t expect any less from a brand that claims perfume is armchair travel.

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