If you wear nothing else to a music festival, don’t forget a powerful, enchanting scent to suit the mood of your revelry. Beyond its obvious necessity in any shower-free wonderland, scent is the human mind’s most powerful way of capturing a memory forever. Choosing a festival fragrance is imperative to creating a lasting memory.
We’ve sniffed out the world’s most exhilarating music festival experiences, matching each to its olfactive Miller Harris equivalent.
The Idyllic British Countryside * Coeur de Jardin
With hidden DJs in the woods, colourful sheep roaming the fields and an opera on the lake, and films debuting in an open-air cinema Latitude is more tribute to the international folk-art scene than typical music festival.
Embrace the essence of the eccentric English garden in high summer with Coeur de Jardin’s blooming jasmine and tuberose and take to the field for a dance. The perfect festival fragrance for Latitude. As night falls, a gentle earthy and green backdrop of orris, amber, moss and patchouli creates the relaxing impression of foliage underfoot, grounding you and your surroundings for a night of folk music, headlined by the deep, calming voice of The National’s Matt Berninger.
The Nevada Desert * L’air de Rien
Once a year tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a colourful temporary metropolis dedicated to art, self-expression and self-reliance.
Burners give up their attachment to worldly goods on arrival. Nothing can be bought –only traded as a gesture of friendship. Embrace this free-spirited alternate universe, channelling the iconic singer Jane Birkin’s freedom, joie de vivre, and nonchalance. L’air de Rien –“a fragrance I can bear to wear,” as Birkin once put it— creates an alluring and profound amber accord is balanced against a sensual, sweet musk, speaking of nostalgia and intimacy, and creating memories as it goes along.
The Green Man Festival
Black Mountain, Wales, UK * Collection Voyage: Lui
Located in the dramatic valley beneath Wales’ Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, this festival’s stunning location sets the tone for its idiosyncratic line-up. Intimate performances include all-manner of psychedelia, blissful folk-indy and a healthy dose of messy rock’n’roll.
Pack a travel-sized, nature-inspired scent for every musical mood. The Collection Voyage: Lui, includes three woody-citrus fragrances for him or her, so you can share a spritz of Petit Grain, Feuilles de Tabac or La Fumee with a friendly neighbour.
Rajasthan, India * Fleur Oriental
Three magical December days of art, music, yoga and food spent in a 17th Century palace in Shekawati, Rajastan. A sensorial delight, this festival is a unique marriage of contemporary culture with traditional Rajasthani heritage, transporting you into an intimate adventure through worlds of art and yoga.
Bottle the dramatic light and bohemian atmosphere with Fleur Oriental, a daring, jazzy arrangement. This exotic scent has a powdery, cream base, which opens to a sweet heliotrope, golden amber and labdanum. Then, an evocative blend of orange flower, spicy carnation and velvet Turkish rose are lifted by bergamot as bright as an Indian sunrise.
Barcelona, Spain * Lumiere Doree & Etui Noir
This annual three-day electronic music festival was founded in Barcelona in 1994, and has been divided into two parts since its inception: Sonar by Day and Sonar by night.
For a festival split in two sections, we suggest picking a pair of scents as your festival fragrance. Run wild amidst Gaudi’s architecture in the sun-drenched streets in Lumiere Doree’s energising notes of jasmine and neroli. As night falls, our counterpart scent Etui Noir will create comforting flashbacks with fragrant iris as you move quickly thought the city, with exotic notes of incense and patchouli on the air as music rises from every street corner.
So, with these in mind, which is your favourite festival fragrance?
- Monica Ainley