A passenger sniffs the 'Scent Globe' before departing. It was installed in the Heathrow Airport until November 5, 2014.

What Is a ‘Scent Globe'?


In London’s Heathrow Airport, passengers are being asked to take a whiff from a huge globe in Terminal 2.

The “Scent Globe” was created to let departing passengers get the scent of five nations that only Heathrow connects to: Brazil, China, Japan, South Africa and Thailand. It was created by Design in Scent, which used complex odor infusions to bring distinct smells to life.

Gemma Hopkins, director of Design In Scent, told "We wanted to really capture the essence of the five nations and either rekindle the memories of passengers that have already experienced them, or enable those who have not yet explored them the chance to do so with their noses."

According to China News, here’s what the scents smell like:

South Africa's fragrance "captures the adventure of safari with notes of tribal incense, wild grass and musky animalics through the scent of Hyraceum."

Brazil "embraces the scents of its rich rainforest fauna with a palette of coffee, tobacco and jasmine."

Japan "is brought to life through cool, oceanic tones with a mix of seaweed and shell extracts, green tea and Ambergris, capturing the essence of small coastal villages so synonymous with the great Pacific Island."

China's features "mystical temple incense and subtle Osmanthus Fragrans flower" while Thailand's uses "an appetizing mix of lemongrass, ginger and coconut."

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