There's a Whole World of Signature Scents Out There

Whether you're heading to Central America or backpacking through Europe this summer, let your sense of smell be your guide.

If it's exciting new fragrance you seek, it might be time to hit the road. With inventive new independent perfumers popping up all over the world, discovering your new favorite scent might also involve a little adventure.

Now, pack your bags and head to one of these locales to seek your fragrant fortune!

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AquaFlor Firenze

Where: Florence, Italy

What to Consider: This brand almost did not have a website, as the master perfumer, Sileno Cheloni, thought that all of his customers should come directly to the shop to experience the fragrances firsthand. Cheloni's philosophy is indicative of his confidence that these blends are worth the trip. If you find yourself in Florence, make an appointment at AquaFlor and let Cheloni create a custom scent for you—and, while you wait, check out the nearby Museo Galileo.

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Frau Tonis Perfum

Where: Berlin, Germany

What to Consider: The shop is named after owner Stefanie Hanssen's grandmother, Frau Toni, and the perfumes have simple, striking packaging. Find spicy scents with a delightful, invigorating kick, or ones with dreamy floral notes that will put you into a reverie as you roam the streets of Mitte.

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Where: Portland, Oregon

What to Consider: Each of Olo's products is made to order—so while the Dafne perfume will always have orange and ylang ylang notes, no two are exactly the same. And if anyone is a proponent of having a product in your home that showcases the wonders of handcraftsmanship, it's us.

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The Burren Perfumery

Where: Clare, Ireland

What to Consider: The Burren family takes great care in creating scents and beauty products that align with their rural lifestyle. Most intriguing is their Winter Woods scent, which is an herbal blend of rosemary, bergamot, lavender, and pine. Sounds like just the relaxing concoction we need.

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Coqui Coqui

Where: Tulum, Mexico

What to Consider: You've probably noticed your Instagram feed filling with Tulum vacation imagery—but there's good reason for it. It's a beautiful oasis, surrounded by blue waters, white sand, and lush greenery. One of the best spots in town is Coqui Coqui, the hotel-spa-perfumery that designs scents to mirror the haven-like environment. Breathe in their aromas of sandalwood, rose, and eucalyptus anytime you need to take a quick mental trip back to Tulum.

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