Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet French perfumer and entrepreneur Gérald Ghislain. I learned about his interesting rise in the fragrance world (he is the man behind the famed Histoires de Parfums brand), and got the scoop on The Scent of Departure, a collection of (travel-friendly) scents he and his creative cohort Magali Senequier created that capture the essence of some of the world’s most famous cities and capitals. It’s safe to say The Scent of Departure will remind you of a place you’ve been and loved, or are longing to go back to. While previewing the scents, I was struck by Doha, and taken back to my time spent there. Paris definitely brought back memories, as did Istanbul. No, these are not scents evoking the bustle of airports or duty-free lounges. Instead Ghislain has captured the gardens of Bali, the energy of Miami, Tokyo and New York City in compact, simple bottles, each coined with the respective three-letter international code for the respective city’s airport. There is also a short “personality test” in which the results steer you in the right direction of the scent most suitable for you. Istanbul, Bali & Dubai topped my list, with my hometown of New York City also making the cut.
I caught up with Ghislain again this week during the launch party at in New York. ‘”It’s all about travel,” he explained to me. “So often, we want to remember where we were and what we love about a place. The scents all have their unique relation to each city, to hopefully remind you of your travels.” The Scent of Departure is officially on counter at Henri Bendel’s in New York. All 19 scents are in store and online with more coming soon. Crystallizing “the spirit of international world-class cities through a perfumatory prism” is just one way to imagine it.Back to Blog