Travel and Perfume

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.

Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of

                                                                                                                                                   All the Hemisphere
                                                                                                                                                   from: ‘The Subject Tonight is Love’
                                                                                                                                                   Translated by Daniel Ladinsky


It’s nice to get away from the usual now and then. While packing for my long trip back home, to the city of Peshawar where I grew up, I had a hard time deciding what perfumes to take with me. It wasn’t an easy task as I have so many favourite ones. For me the perfume I wear is very personal and has to fit in with the mood and emotion of the day. Many made it to my final list but it was simply not practical to carry so many with me and so, after a bit of back and forth, I settled for the following:

LOLITA LEMPICKA (edp) by Lolita Lempicka, a unique and sophisticated gourmand with notes such as iris-violet, licorice, praline, Amarena cherry, tonka bean and vanilla that envelops you like a soft, powdery cloud and stays on all day. Something I can have on me the whole day and not tire of it and so it basically travels with me everywhere. A perfume you cannot go wrong with and will suit almost any occasion or time of the day.

TERRACOTTA LE PARFUM (edt) by Guerlain, a radiant and happy blend of white flowers, coconut, vanilla and musk. Makes me think of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and bright blue skies. An uplifting fragrance for days when the sun remains hidden behind the clouds.

TUBÈREUSES CASTANE (edp) by Mason Lancome, an addictive blend of tuberose absolute and tuberose distillate wrapped in roasted chestnut. This unusual combination of the magnificent tuberose with the warm and comforting roasted chestnut will leave you feeling elegant and edible at the same time. Perfect for the hazy, frosty months.

CABAN (edp) by Yves Saint Laurent, an elegant vanilla fragrance with just the right amount of hay, caramel and pink pepper notes. For occasions when sophistication and elegance are called for.

CARNAL FLOWER  (edp) by Frederic Malle, the most modern, sexy and über chic tuberose that exists. Leave a bunch of tuberoses in the room and come back after a while. Apply some carnal flower…………you are now one of them.

AMARIGE (edt) by Givenchy, an absolute bomb of a fragrance. Opulent flowers and ripe fruits, among them ripe peaches and plums are the most prominent. For days when you couldn’t care less about what anyone thought of you. Simply unforgettable.

Tuberoses are my favourite flowers. Which explains why most of the perfumes I chose for my travels have tuberose in them either as a main or side note. I am also taking this trip as an opportunity to indulge in my love for fresh flowers, the magnificent tuberose, narcissus, marigolds and roses.



What perfumes do you like to take with you when you are travelling?

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