Years ago, perfumer Yosh Han worked across the street from the Time Travel Mart in Los Angeles. The Time Travel Mart sells quirky chotchkes (“baubles and plunder”, as per their website) that are intended to help time travelers fit in to whatever time period they end up in. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, this is pretty much the best thing ever, but even if you never want to hear the word “Tardis” again in your life, you’ll undoubtedly be won over by the fact that 100% of proceeds goes to 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring center.
Studio 54 is one of the ten fragrances that Yosh created for the Time Travel Mart in 2008. I had the pleasure of trying and buying a sample pack of the TimeTravel line at FRAGments L.A. last month. My early favorite was Aztec (notes: chocolate, rose, nutmeg, pink pepper, cardamom), but I think that Studio 54 is probably the most polished scent in the collection. With its vivid lime and effervescent juniper notes, Studio 54 reminds me of a particularly sparkling gimlet. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a time traveler or even a Los Angeles traveler to try Studio 54; it’s just $24.99 on the Time Travel Mart website.