Travel Scent Choices: Singapore + South Korea Spring 2015

Hey Y’All,

As you may know Jin is changing jobs so to celebrate this sudden rise in fortunes we are bringing our 2015 holiday forward from November to now, we leave on Wednesday. OH YES WE DO!

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First stop is one of my long time buddies places in Singapore, hey Julie! I have never done a holiday in Singapore before; though my last partner Varun & I spent 36 hours in the airport because he didn’t have a visa while we were on our way to India. You would think we had a bad time, we did not. It was crazy fun, that Changi Airport is enormous.

korea cherry blossom TripAdvisorPhoto Stolen TripAdvisor

Then we go on to South Korea to visit Jin’s family. Cherry blossom time will just be finishing but I think they will still be slightly in flower. It’s Jin’s Dad’s birthday so we are taking them for their first holiday in years, two days on the west coast of South Korea. They think this is a ridiculous extravagance but Jin is hiring a car and we’ll drive 3 hours each way, fully across South Korea, and spend one night at a pension (not even a hotel because that would be too much). They are adamant that this kind of frivolity should be avoided and that we should be putting our money to better use. Fingers crossed they have a good time, Jin has really been working hard on TripAdvisor to get it just right for them.

Travel Scent Choices: Singapore + South Korea Spring 2015

So spring will be WARM in Singapore and mild in South Korea. I need a small range of fragrances to get me by till I can hit the stores and buy Misia by CHANEL. It’s the only fragrance on my To Buy List right now and I know they’ll have it in both Singapore and Seoul. So I’m thinking 5 frags, 2 bottles and three decants. It’s only 12 days.

Travel Scent Choices: Bottles


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L’Heure Convoiteé II Cartier: This arctic, powdery, furball of a carnation/iris is so fabulously elegant and lasts all day. I can spritz and go and know I’ll smell freaking killer until I shower. I also love that it has it’s own sturdy leather pouch which means I don’t have to worry about it in my checked luggage.

La Chasse aux Papillons L`Artisan Parfumeur FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

La Chasse aux Papillons L`Artisan Parfumeur: 7.5ml Rollerball (not pictured). Nick from Libertine Parfumerie gave me this one to test because they are brand new in 2015 and I thought what better place to try it than on holiday. Space will be tight, I need something small and easily accessible and the bottle feels surprisingly hefty. I also find that rolling La Chasse aux Papillons makes it last longer on my skin.

Travel Scent Choices: Decants

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Misia CHANEL: Yes, my decant is almost drained already. Makeup and leather together so beautifully, a delightfully powdery and lightly soapy wash of pure elegance. I can’t tell you what a zing this gives me whenever I spritz, it’s not just its own scent but the memories of all the other scents that it reminds me of through its life and you know what? I love it so much that I’m going to wear it on the plane.

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Manto di Rugiada i Profumi di Firenze: I keep forgetting to wear this lovely green, resinous amber. It’s light enough for spring and will smell gorgeous on the cooler evenings. Softly nuanced and beautifully blended I always enjoy my ride. There’s a couple of ml left in my decant, I might as well use them up.

07 Vetiver Dance Tauer Perfumes FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

07 Vetiver Dance Tauer Perfumes: One of my mates Natalie from Another Perfume Blog (now defunct sadly) gave me a manufacturers sample of this one. I like vetiver very much and Vetiver dance has been sitting in my Must Try box for ages. I’m taking it with me so I can spend some time with one of the few Andy Tauer fragrances that I’ve not smelled.

What do you think of my choices? What would you pick if you had to take 5? It’s not forever, only a fortnight, so it’s not a really big decision. it is fun planning and choosing though.

Portia xx

26 thoughts on “Travel Scent Choices: Singapore + South Korea Spring 2015

  1. Misia, mmm I tried this today and would happily sit next to you on the plane!
    Vetiver also a good choice as it will work well in humidity. I think it depends where you are going.
    I am never happy with my holiday choices…the one I want to wear is always at home!


    • HA! No way. Can’t be wishing for what I don’t have while on holiday. I’m usually pretty good.
      I imagine Singapore will be high humidity but Korea”s should be OK, it’s not really hot there yet.
      I’d love to have you next to me on the plane, we’d be chatty chat the whole way about frags. YAY!
      Portia xx


  2. Portia, I think it’s lovely that you are taking Jin’s parents on holiday. Can’t wait to see the pics. You’ll have a great time and be so pleased you did it.

    Your frag selection is really interesting and very economical for one of us 🙂 I think it’s a fab idea to take a couple of things you haven’t had time to get to know before now, plus a couple of old loves. Buying Misia while out there will always remind you of the trip too.

    May your fortunes continue to rise!


    • Hey Tara,
      Fingers crossed they have a good time. They are a really lovely couple and we will get his Dad outrageously drunk on Soju at dinner. He worked in Saudi arabia as a laborer for a few years so he has a smattering of English which gets much better when he’s smashed. We can actually have a proper conversation, it’s amusing.
      I have an admission to make Tara, I added about 1/4ml of Tobacco Rose to the bag too, I think I need something mysterious and enchanting to help kindle romantic moments. It can’t hurt….
      Portia xx


      • His English gets BETTER when he’s smashed? Too funny.

        I’m glad you’ve added Tobacco Rose. I love it and have a bottle. I think it will definitely do the trick 🙂


        • BETTER!! By about 100 times. In day to day he can understand me but can’t formulate sentences to reply. When he gets rat arsed it doesn’t worry him and English is funny because once you let go it all come out OK.
          Portia xx


    • Willa, You need to try it in rollerball. the atomiser spray is so fleeting by comparison. It’s as if the fragrance wants to take its time to live.
      Portia xx


  3. I think I’d get a sample if the new AG, l’ile au the, if only because it is based on the perfumer’s trip to Jeju island, and I don’t know if any other fragrances inspired by Korea off the top of my head! Enjoy your travels!


    • Yes, Jin was extremely excited when I told him.
      Sun Mi.
      We were going to take the parents to Jeju but it’s spring and all the honeymooners have booked it out.
      Portia x


  4. The only one of your picks I have is La Chasse aux Papillons. Manto di Rugiada I’ve never heard of, I shall explore! Misia is on my sample wish list, as well as the Cartier. I haven’t had any interest in Vetiver Dance as vetiver smells like boiled peanuts eaten in a damp tatami room on me. Which, come to think of it, I can imagine doing.
    Altogether, it looks like you’ll have all bases covered, especially since you added Tobacco Rose. I have a sample of that floating in my Sample Sea.


    • Hey there Holly, Manto di Rugiada is a really big seller in its home counttry Italy apparently but less so elsewhere. I really love the i Profumi di Firenze line and have their Patchouli, I keep looking for Ambra Nepal but it’s always sold out.
      Portia xx


  5. Hey Portia (and Jin).
    Have a brilliant time.
    Hmmmmm. What would I take?
    Eau d’Magnolia
    All the Kikis
    Cuir d’Ange
    Plus I would also buy Misia. Unsniffed. 😉
    Bussis and safe travels. xxxx


    • Hi there Val,
      Eau de Magnolia is a great idea. I have a bottle here too but I think I have enough frags.
      MMMMMMMM Cuir d’Ange, I love that too.
      I may even send you a postcard
      Portia xx


  6. My dear Portia,

    Welcome to Singapore! I wish I were around to show you around Singapore… 😦 But anyway, please feel free to write to me if you’ve got any questions about interesting things to do or see. I would not recommend buying Misia in Singapore due to the high mark-up on the Chanel Exclusives in Singapore. If you’re still keep on buying though, they can only be found at the mini Chanel boutique in level B2 of Ion Orchard. Aside from that, I highly recommend visiting Jasina, a family-run perfume distributor, in High Street Centre, where you’ll find some vintage fragrances at excellent prices (just leave some for me!). It’s located in the Central Business Distract area, which is near many of the other attractions that I presume you’ll be visiting, so it’s not too out of the way.

    Can’t wait to read about your travels! Have a great time! 🙂


  7. Ha ha, Portia, you crack me up. Six frags for 12 days? I feel suddenly very dull and way too practical. I shall never pack only one frag for vacay ever again, I swear on my mother’s afterlife. Am not familiar with any of the ones you are bringing but as I’m crazy for anything iris, L’Heure Convoiteé II Cartier is on the short list now. Congrats to Jin on his good fortune and I hope his parents can relax and enjoy their mini-holiday. Have a wonderful trip and good luck navigating the humidity. Much aloha,


    • Hey Fifi,
      This IS an addiction after all. And to narrow it down to five I thought rather a challenge. HA HA HA! We do live in a rarified world.
      Portia xx


  8. I hope you have a great time! Congrats to Jin on the new job too!
    We haven’t had a proper vacation in forever. Just a few long weekends here and there. If I’m only going somewhere for at most 4 days just a few samples usually do the trick. Between those and whatever might be in my purse I usually get by. When I go away my goal is to come home with more perfume than I left with in the form of fragrant souvenirs.


    • Hi there Poodle.
      I think there must be some gypsy in my blood, I definitely have the wanderlust.
      One day you guys need to come on one of our adventures, we’ll have a ball.
      Portia xx


  9. The only one of your choices I’ve actually tried is La Chasse aux Papillons, which is gorgeous. I tried it for the first time just two weeks ago, and I need at least a rollerball. On me it gets very quiet after an hour or so, but is still there a good six hours later. I was thinking it would be a good choice for warm weather or close quarters, as long as it was applied early enough. Like Holly, I’ve never heard of Manto di Rugiada, and will have to research it, as it sounds rather wonderful. My own favorite perfume for uncomfortably hot weather is Etro Shaal Nur, which is interesting but not obnoxious, and has kept me smelling amazing on days when I looked as though I’d been trapped in a sauna fully clothed. I hope that your trip will be happy and great-smelling, and congratulations to Jin!


    • Thanks LaurelS,
      I LOVE Shaal Nur too. Been through two decants now but I don’t ever buy the bottle. Not sure why.
      Portia xx


  10. Hi Portia,
    Late to the party as usual and hope you have landed safely in Singapore.
    And how fab for bringing forward the holiday with such a pleasant surprise. Congrat to Jin on his new job.

    Only one I’ve tried in your list is La Chasse aux Papillons and I can just see you competing with the cherry blossoms. Don’t know much of the others on your list but the only thing I can see one might need in Asia in cooler weather would be an orienta,: maybe an Amouage.
    Have a safe and fantabulous trip. Can’t wait for the photo, the stories and new perfumes.
    XXX… Tim


    • Hey Tim,
      Great to see you. An Amouage would have been excellent but I think Tobacco Rose will be deep enough for the glamour events.
      Fingers crossed.
      Portia xx


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