Long before Hermès perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena wandered through a garden along the Nile in Egypt, which ultimately resulted in the creation of the Hermès fragrance Un Jardin Sur Le Nil, perfumers and fragrance aficionados have circumnavigated the world in search of seductive odors and addictive aromas.
As Ellena wrote in his history of fragrance "Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent," it was China that recently introduced an entirely new palate to the fragrance industry, resulting in perfumes and colognes as flavorful as fruit drinks and tea.
Our sense of smell is so often connected to sense of place. If you've ever returned home from vacation with soaps, shampoos and lotions, then it's all but certain your memory has returned to that idyllic locale whenever you've showered with those products.
If you yearn to travel, even while in the confines of your own home, then fragrance is one way to take you where you yearn to go. This spring, travel the globe in the paths of perfumers. Follow the trail of fragrances that they've created to evoke the places they love. Let your nose and your memory be your guide around the world.