Your scented travel memories: Sweden

“My favorite trips have not been the ones by 12-hour flight but rather our road trips to tiny cabins in the Swedish forest. And maybe it will be exotic for most people.

Sweden has so many scents. The salty cold air by the ocean, the scent of warm ripe fields, the thin “odourless” air in the mountains, the scent of a lake in a marshland… but my all time favorite scent is the one of a Swedish fir forest.

Ever since I was little I use to walk out in to the forest. It cleared my mind and released my soul. Even now when I feel troubled I walk out in the woods and the scent releases me. I cry in the arms of what comforts me the most. So let me try to describe you this indescribable scent.

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Meet with Marie Aoun

Ten years in fashion and a strong interest in plants and gardening lead Marie to naturally turn to perfumery. Trained in Italy, she is passionate about natural perfumery and particularly for the aromatic ingredients that are native to her country: South Africa.

Back in Johannesburg, she has created Saint d’Ici, a collection of natural perfumes exclusively produced in limited editions, without the fear of upsetting the traditional way of operating in the fragrance industry. She decided to only work with independent perfumers located all around the world, and to source her ingredients directly from small African producers ensuring the ability to promote fair trade and to minimize their impact on the environment.

This month, Marie unveils the very first collection of Saint d’Ici via a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. A way to start the production, while offering her products on pre-order to enthusiasts around the world. Meet a daring and deeply passionate woman.

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24 hours in Provence with Renata & J-Paul Negroni

She is Russian and he is a pure Mediterranean, from Marseille and Corsica respectively. They are a husband and wife team and together they inspired the story of Concept Provence, an elegant collection dedicated to the benefits of body and mind.

In 2015, the couple settled in the south of France to certify a local production to which they bring particular attention. Each scent bottling recalls the charm of the Mediterranean way of life. The flower vine echoes to the aperitif, eucalyptus to the dry summer climate… Thanks to the quality, freshness and aesthetics of their products, Renata & Jean-Paul Negroni help sow a bit of Provence around the world.

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Your scented travel memories: Sicily

“I travelled last year with seven of my friends. We all met at university in London seven years ago and built incredible relationships together as friends. Since then, we have all been living in different places, so we decided to meet for a few days at Palermo, in Sicily. I just fell in love with that place and with all the moments we spent together there.

Palermo was beautiful; an absolutely beautiful mess! I remember the first day being in the bus and then in the taxi that dropped me to the house where we were all staying; it was sunny, with lots of light and it just smelled like many Mediterranean places where I have been: so good. It was a mix of the smell of hot roads, the sea, flowers and food. And that smell followed me all the time I was there.

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