We spent the summer frolicking through Deià, Île de Ré and Milos. Now back on home turf, annual holiday allowance all accounted for, we're taking a sensory vacation with the master perfumers at Creed. Settle into a heady hoilday reverie with one of these seven scents.
Wespent the summer frolicking through
Deià, Île de Ré
Milos. Now back on home turf, annual holiday allowance all
accounted for, we're not quite sure how we're going to make it
through until the snow starts to fall and winter fun begins.
Then the idea of a sensory vacation as an indulgent interlude
occurred to us, and who better to escort us than the master
perfumers at Creed? Seasoned travellers themselves, they
began in 18th-century London
before moving their headquarters to Paris,
and continue to traverse the globe from
Italy to India to
source the finest materials for their concoctions.
The house's sixth-generation master perfumer, Olivier Creed, was
a particularly devoted globetrotter. Touring Creed's parfumerie,
the redolent air, thick with the scent of his travels, lulls us
into a heady holiday reverie. These seven fragrances - inspired by
some of his favourite destinations - are the coquettish
Seven fragrances that transport us to our favourite
1. The Mediterranean Sea: Erolfa
Inspired by Creed family sailing trips, suddenly we're back in
the midst of summer, drifting across the Med aboard a yacht named
Erolfa. The eponymously named fragrance evokes visions of fresh
mornings and dramatic sunsets at sea via citrus and rich spices.
We're picturing a contemporary captain splashing himself with
Erolfa before embarking on his own Mediterranean voyage.
The Princess of Nerola (who gave the essential oil neroli its
name) was known to throw quite the summer bash in the 1680s. Her
garden parties, held just outside Rome, were legendary and the
punchy yet elegant Neroli Sauvage befits her exuberant
personality. Its top notes of lemon, bergamot and petitgrain are
coaxing us to book a Roman holiday - and we'll certainly be dousing
ourselves in it for our next soirée.
With a few drops of Virgin Island Water Eau de Parfum on each
wrist, we're slipping into a paradisiacal state. One deep inhale
conjures a Caribbean breeze, mingled with the scent of coconut oil.
A second detects Jamaican lime, heady hibiscus and tangy Sicilian
mandarin. An intoxicating tropical cocktail, we can practically
feel the winter sun of the BVIs kissing our skin.
With a desire to distil his travels throughout Asia, Olivier
blended the essence of Indian royal sandalwood trees with cinnamon,
vanilla, Tonka bean and ginger to create Original Santal. Herbal and spicy notes revel
in the opulence of India, evoking the palaces and markets of
Rajasthan in a robust, head-turning scent that instils modern
wearers with a sense of spirituality and calm.
Recalling a (sometimes) sunny June spent in the Emerald Isle's
verdant countryside, Green Irish Tweed bottles scents of woodlands,
freshly cut grass and bracing sea air. This classic men's fragrance
combines lemon, Indian verbena and invigorating peppermint and has
become something of a cult fragrance for the brand since it first
hit shelves in 1985.
Love in White for Summer is the sort of
fragrance we imagine Grace Kelly would have worn while playing
glamorous American heiress, Frances Stephens, in Hitchcock's To
Catch a Thief. A bouquet of magnolia, jasmine, Indian sandalwood
and apple deliver a youthful and flirty scent, best paired with
oversized shades and a giant straw hat for promenading around the
The setting is 15th-century Florence, the scent is Acqua Fiorentina. Fruity, floral and feminine,
this darling aroma conjures up memories of al-fresco feasts in a
candlelit courtyard - we're thinking white-linen tablecloths,
wildflower-filled vases and plenty of Chianti-fuelled friends. Head
notes of greengage plums and sparkling apple balance base notes of
Virginian cedar, sandalwood and white grapefruit - it's summer
The House of Creed began as a bottle of Royal English Leather -
a rich mix of mandarin, ambergris and sandalwood - commissioned by
King George III after he became enamoured with a pair of
Creed-scented gloves. Since 1760, Creed has created a legacy of
unrivalled scents treasured by perfume connoisseurs and admirers of
quality, style and panache world over. Throughout the centuries,
the Creed family has produced over 200 perfumes all testifying to a
unique creative spirit that has been passed, together with a keen
nose, from father to son down seven generations. A timeless, modern
act of creation, these are perfumes of the past, fragrances of the
Seven Beautiful Gardens that have Inspired our Favourite Fragrances