It makes scents to bottle a California dream

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It makes scents to bottle a California dream

Louis Vuitton’s Cologne Perfumes will take you on a sensory journey of the West Coast of the US

Andrea Nagel and Katharynn Kesselaar

Though we may not be able to indulge in it at the moment, most people love to travel. For creative people particularly, travel is inspiration for creating new things. A particular place can get the creative juices flowing, giving rise to new music or art, decorative objects or even a perfume. There are many amazing scents that reflect a journey of the senses and inspire memories of beautiful places. 

Master French perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud was inspired in just such a way by the beautiful energy of California: the golden light falling over the ocean, the pinks and blues of a summer sunset turning the desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the iconic Joshua trees are silhouetted against the wide expanse of sky, a rose tinted hue. There’s the Santa Monica Pier lit up by the festive lights of its famous fun fair and the pastel neon signs of the Bayside Hotel, the long strips of sand on the Malibu beaches and the palms that capture the sparkle and throw it across the city light glitter.

Belletrud said: "[My project was to transpose] a California sunset into a perfume and pair the bustle of the city with nature that stretches as far as the eye can see. An infinitely blue sky by day turns iridescent at nightfall ... I’ve always loved translating emotion into perfumes.”..

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