We all know how utterly enjoyable it can feel to unwind in front of a fire at the end of a long day, soft music on and a glass of sophisticated French wine in hand. But many of us forget the secret to unlocking true relaxation is to satisfy all the senses, the most ignored of which can also be one of the most tantalising of all, scent. Just by lighting a candle, you can transform your living room into a magic carpet to the orange orchards of Sicily, or have it gently lower you to a resting position beneath a Tahitian coconut tree.
In the interest of escaping, if just for one quiet moment, we have compiled a list of our favourite ways to set the mood from the comfort of our very own living spaces.
This winter chill can feel like it’s gotten into your very bones. Warm up with our favourite tropical delights and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a mini vacation.
SEE + HEAR: Blue Lagoon - a 14 year old Brooke Shields can help transport any tired mind to an island paradise. Eat, Pray Love is also a tried and tested journey from island to European vacay.
TOUCH + TASTE: Pineapple slices and coconut water straight from the source.
SMELL: Lumira Tropical Gardenia or Tahitian Coconut.
If all your friends are holidaying in Italy while you’re still at home, the next best thing is to take yourself on a mind vacation.
SEE + HEAR: Cinema Paradiso - Giuseppe Tornatore's 1989 Academy-Award-winning film takes a romantic look at growing up in a remote village.
TOUCH + TASTE: Cannoli and Sicilian coffee granita.
SMELL: Lumira Sicilian Citrus, Tuscan Fig or Paradisium Collection.
For some, remote beaches are boring, but the allure of mysterious markets and exploring a new city is irresistible. For you, something a little more sophisticated is in order.
SEE + HEAR: A Summer in La Goulette - “an enchanting, insanely erotic comedy” (Eye Weekly) shot on the sun-dappled seaside of Tunisia by director Férid Boughedir (Halfouine).
TOUCH + TASTE: Harissa tomato soup with zataar or sip on mint tea.
SMELL: Lumira Persian Rose or Tunisian Mint Tea.
There’s nothing quite like holidaying in Asia. From the beaches of Thailand to the endless beauty to be found in the volcanoes of the Philippines, there is literally something for everyone depending on where you look.
SEE + HEAR: The Beach - filmed primarily on Koh Phi Phi Leh, if you’re heading to the south of Thailand it is definitely worth a watch. It’s hard not to get excited by all those beautiful shots of the islands.
TOUCH + TASTE: Green tea or black sesame ice cream.
SMELL: Lumira Balinese Ylang Ylang or Oriental Jasmine.
Prepare for a cultural revolution! A tropical paradise with palm fringed sandy beaches, crystal clear shallow lagoons, and magnificent coral reefs, there is nowhere on Earth quite like Cuba.
SEE + HEAR: Buena Vista Social Club - One of the most important parts of Cuba’s cultural history is its legendary music. This documentary follows the efforts of the famous Cuban musician Ry Cooder to bring back together forgotten musical treasures from Cuba’s musical past to record a CD.
TOUCH + TASTE: Tamales washed down with a mojito.
SMELL: Lumira Cuban Tobacco or No.352 Leather and Cedar.