These travel perfumes will help you feel cool, calm and collected before your next flight

Catching flights? These scents will help ease your nerves

Travel perfumes: perfumes from Chanel, Being Frenshe, YSL, ZARA pictured in a pink and purple template
(Image credit: Chanel, Being Frenshe, YSL, ZARA)

While you might already have your vacation perfume sorted, these designated travel perfumes will help to keep you cool, calm, collected and smelling great until you reach your destination and beyond.

When it comes to traveling, things can get a bit hectic, whether you're coping with delays and cancellations or long-haul airport waits. This is why a calming or confidence-boosting scent can truly make all the difference.

So, for all our anxious flyers and fragrance-obsessed readers out there, here's a roundup of the scents that make the best travel companions, according to the experts...

The best travel perfumes to get your from A to B

To help decode which scents fulfill our travel requirements, we've enlisted Natalia Ortiz, Chief Commercial Officer at The Fragrance Shopand Rebecca Herd, fragrance expert at The Perfume Shop to share some insights. But first, let's meet the travel scent contenders before we really delve into all the technical perfume note intel...

The dos and don'ts of perfume when traveling 

Best perfume notes for anxious flyers

  • Recommended calming notes: Lavender, jasmine, rosemary, lemon and ylang ylang

If you find flying (or any kind of travel) anxiety-inducing, treating yourself to a comforting scent, that grounds you and soothes any racing thoughts could be the way to go.

Ortiz says: "Flying isn't a breeze for everyone, but taking a perfume on board with you can help soothe your nerves, help you relax to promote sleep and help with the end of flight freshening up. 

"Calming notes such as lavender, jasmine, rosemary, lemon and ylang-ylang can all help promote sleep and ease anxiety."

Herd agrees that lavender is an especially good note to look for if you have a fear of flying or find the airport process very stressful (we can relate!), thanks to its calming properties. She also adds: "We would always suggest if you are in a small space like an aircraft you don’t want to be wearing a really strong perfume as you want to think about others around you. Something fresh and light would be perfect."

To get the most out of your perfume and to ensure you're surrounded by those soft and cozy aromas for as long as possible, spray your perfume on your pressure points. You could also try the Vaseline perfume trick, which can help the notes stick to your skin and boost their longevity. 

woman spraying perfume on wrist on a colorful pink and orange background

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What perfume notes should we avoid when travelling?

  • Notes to avoid: Leather, tobacco and coffee 

As for what scents to steer clear of, if you need to be in close proximity to others or find that some scents make you feel nausea—especially first thing in the morning—Ortiz draws our attention to heady, long-lasting perfumes that house woody or musky base notes.

"When it comes to flying, a lighter scent is not going to overpower you, but you want to pick long-lasting notes such as musk and woods, particularly if they're in the base fragrance note. These tend to evaporate slower than fruity or floral notes," Ortiz advises.

"Heavy single scents such as leather, tobacco and coffee might be too much as you're traveling, as they're brightening notes which can make you feel more awake and alert", she added.

Herd also suggests avoiding stronger formulas like elixirs or parfums that have a higher concentration of oils (which do make them last longer on the skin so are stronger in scent). Instead, opt for an eau de toilette.

So while we long oud perfumes and unique woody blends, it's perhaps best to save them for your date-night perfume rotation—or your office perfume game.

Ortiz also remarks that, because we all have different preferences, "it's also worth discovering which notes you like, that are nostalgic, and ones that may even make you feel a little nauseous if in the wrong environment such as flying."

Can flying affect your perfume?

Another important thing to note when flying is that the air pressure can affect how your perfume smells. Ortiz explains: "At higher altitudes, the air is thinner and has less moisture, which can cause the top notes of a perfume to evaporate more quickly. 

"Top notes are the ones that give your fragrance the initial scent impact and are usually the most volatile oils, like citrus oils for example. These can evaporate in higher altitudes which can lead your fragrance to smelling different than you remember." 

So, keep that in mind when you're selecting your scents, and before you pack your fave perfumes in your carry-on, check that it's within the liquid requirements. If it isn't, instead spritz it on your skin before you leave for the airport and stow it safely in your haul luggage!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.