Go on a fragrant world journey with city-spanning scents.
Instead of splurging on a plane ticket to Europe, why not find a fragrance that matches the feel of your favorite destination? Paris, perhaps? Or would you favor Kyoto’s floral-fruity notes? San Ramon–based Heaven’s Alchemy offers 15 city-themed scents, all concentrated and made without alcohol so they last longer than most department store brands. Here’s our cheat sheet to finding the perfect perfume. heavensalchemyperfumes.com.
If you like: Citrus and floral notes over a dark, earthy base of musk and moss, like Calvin Klein for Women and Miss Dior...
Try Paris: “Ultrafeminine” jasmine and rose middle notes, and a base of amber and sandalwood.
If you like: A light fragrance with floral-fruity notes, such as Clinique Happy, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, and Dior J’adore...
Try Kyoto: It evokes “refined beauty and femininity,” with cherry blossom, melon, and musk.
If you like: Earthy scents with exotic spicy top notes, like Missoni for Women and Bvlgari Omnia...
Try Jerusalem: It’s a “soulful potion” of amber, jasmine, and musk.
If you like: Tart, grassy notes and aromatic florals, like Lacoste for Women, Ralph Lauren Lauren, and Victoria’s Secret Pink...
Try Istanbul: “Hot-blooded and sumptuous,” with citrusy floral top notes and a spicy wood and tea base.
If you like: Edible scents, from sweet citruses to vanilla and caramel, such as Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Tarte Au Citron...
Try St. Petersburg: Spicy lemon and vanilla notes are “as warm and luxurious as a fireside embrace.”