"Every time we step out of our routine, we set out on a voyage of discovery. We seize the opportunity to look around, eye wide with wonder, and ask, "could you be any more fascinating?" It's the answers we get in return-through new places, new foods, new languages, new rhythms, new people- that inspire and change us. Escaping the ordinary is an extraordinary thing." -Places to Go, People to see by Kate Spade NY
Holding my camera in my hands, I climbed into the back of a jeep and we sped off-road down ash dirt roads. We were in a rush to catch the sunset descending over the desert and, headphones in, skimming the saharan landscapes, I felt like I was in a bygone era. The smell of spices in the air, I can't help but fantisize about trade routes, intensely colourful souks and bazaars as the dry desert approached.
I was in an oasis in the middle of the desert surrounded by endless stretches of untrodden sands. Even the sky was empty. Escaping the ordinary is an extraordinary thing. I set out on a voyage of discovery and was contacted by Penhaligons, a British perfume house, to take two special scents with me on my journey (http://www.penhaligons.com/trade-routes-map/). I've always passed Penhaligons with heart eyes on Regent Street. Their scents are so that they have been granted two Royal Warrants from The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Edinburgh...plus their packaging is to DIE for.
My scent of the summer was "Oud de Nil" eau de perfum. It is a new addition to the Trade Routes collection and makes me think of clean white sails billowing down The Nile, the desert wind bringing scents of jasmine and exotic fruits. It has head notes (the scents you smell straight away) of bergamot and grapefruit, heart notes (the scents that evolve over 4-5 hours) of jasmine, rose, geranium and orange blossom , and finally delicious base notes of oud, papyrus, gauic wood, resins and amber which linger on your skin for the rest of the day. I love this perfume because it has such complex tones, as though a thousand years of thought have gone into it's production.