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Heathrow's giant 'scent globe' provides world aromas

Heathrow has come up with a novel way of entertaining passengers – installing a ‘scent globe’ in Terminal 2 that the airport claims provides users with an aroma of their most ‘fragrant destinations’.

The airports says its one-of-a-kind invention will take passengers on a sensory journey before even setting foot on their flights by immersing “the curious” in the aromas of Thailand, South Africa, Japan, China and Brazil!

According to Heathrow, the five destinations are not only popular with British travellers but also offer the most exciting smells.

It says it installed the giant globe because 87% of Brits claim that the sights, sounds and smells of foreign destinations is what makes their holidays memorable.

Heathrow’s chief operating officer, Normand Boivin says: “These specially created scents will give passengers travelling through Terminal 2 an exclusive preview of destinations that only Heathrow connects to.”

To capture the essence of the five nations, Heathrow worked with Design in Scent, to produce bespoke scents from key ingredients associated with the designated country.

The diverse fragrances aim to deliver an aromatic experience that transports passengers to far flung destinations.


It states that its South Africa scent captures the adventure of safari with notes of tribal incense, wild grass and musky animalics through the scent of Hyraceum.

‘Brazil’ is said to embrace the scents of its rich rainforest fauna with a palette of coffee, tobacco and jasmine.

It claims that ‘Japan’ is brought to life through “cool, oceanic tones with a mix of seaweed and shell extracts, green tea and Ambergris that capture the essence of small coastal villages so synonymous with the great Pacific Island”.

The fragrance of both Thailand and China will transport travellers to the Far East in an instant, according to the airport.

‘China’s’ mystical temple incense and subtle Osmanthus Fragrans flower create an orient explosion, says the airport, while ‘Thailand’ tantalises the taste buds with an appetising mix of lemongrass, ginger and coconut.

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