Diptyques Do Son Travel Spray makes you feel at home on holiday

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Every time I go on vacation, I get homesick. I miss my bed, my worn sofa and the water pressure in the shower. I miss knowing where everything is, whether it’s a patch or the cardigan I like to wear when I watch Netflix and eat Joe-Joes in bed. For the most part, I miss how the home smells, even though my house smells of 70 percent dog hair, 29 percent of the dinner I made the night before, and 1 percent the light of the week.

So I decided to take a familiar scent with me on my last vacation. I have been spraying Diptyque Do Son travel spray in my own bedroom for a few months in the hope that when I went on vacation I could do the same and it would make me feel less sore at home. I basically trained my brain to feel nostalgic about this scent – and it worked.

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There have been several studies proving that memory and scent have a strong connection. We have even previously spoken to an in-house perfumer at Skylar, Sarah Horowitz, who told us that we consciously and unconsciously draw on specific scents because they remind us of events, places and people in our past. “Scent preference can be influenced by so many external factors, both conscious and unconscious. There are cultural preferences that we grow up with, and so more specific experiences that can affect how we react to a scent. Remember that scent is the strongest memory trigger., so this plays a big role in the influence, “says Horowitz.

I chose Diptyque travel spray over my perfumes because my perfumes already have their own associations and they do not necessarily fit to feel “at home”. I needed a long lasting, beautiful scent that would psychologically bring me home again, and after testing Do Son (and really loved how it made the room smell), I decided this would be my anchor scent. It is floral (but not too floral), citrusy (but not too citrusy) and has a touch of musk, which balances femininity and gives it a little roughness that I love in a perfume. The top note is tuberose, the middle is orange, and the bottom is jasmine.

The cool thing about the Do Son travel spray is that it comes in a compact tube (the design took inspiration from vintage bulletin boards that used to exist at airports and train stations), and it is travel-friendly (so you can store it in your carry-on), if you are flying). A few spritzes go a long way (and last for hours), so even though the price tag is hefty, just know that it will take many months before you run out. It’s also Diptyque – home fragrances don’t get any nicer.

The travel spray made me feel less homesick (and as a bonus, it masked an odor of dogs that would probably have persisted—of course I took my dogs with me).

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