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Perfumer Alberto Morillas creates bespoke scent for Explora

The scent is used in a fragrance diffuser in the suites and throughout Explora I, and in the bathroom amenities
Explora Journeys collaborated with master perfumer Alberto Morillas, from Dutch-Swiss fragrance and flavour company dsm-firmenich, to create a bespoke scent for the brand: Mandala Blue. 

‘We are proud to have Alberto Morillas craft this exquisite scent for Explora Journeys,’ said Koray Savas, VP hotel operation Explora Journeys. ‘His artistry elevates our luxury travel experience, infusing each sailing with an extraordinary sensory journey. This collaboration is a celebration of exploration, sophistication, and the transformative power of scent.’

‘Ocean State of Mind’ 

Mandala Blue has been designed to capture the ‘Ocean State Of Mind’ philosophy – Explora’s slogan. The fragrance features a harmonious blend of top notes including bergamot, mandarin, and petitgrain Paraguay, heart notes of jasmine, tonka Bean, and orange blossom, and base notes of sea amber, guaiac wood, and musk. 

According to Explora Journeys, this contrasting fragrance ‘mirrors the hot sun and brisk sea breeze, expressing the essence of exploration and discovery.’ 

The bespoke scent is used in a fragrance diffuser in the suites and throughout Explora I, and in the bathroom amenities.


Speaking about his inspiration for Mandala Blue, Seville-born Morillas, who started his career 50 years ago, said, ‘Creating a perfume is about storytelling; it should carry you somewhere. I adore the Mediterranean, so you'll find in Mandala Blue light, fresh sea notes combined with citrus from bergamot and mandarin and some florals from jasmine and orange blossom, which reminds me of springtime in Seville.’

He added, ‘It is designed to awaken the senses and inspire a sense of discovery, recreating that musky scent of warm sunshine on teak terraces enlivened by the sea breeze and heady smells of Europe in summer.’  

Based in Geneva, Morillas has crafted thousands of perfumes, including those for brands such as Cartier, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Bulgari, Mugler, Kenzo and Marc Jacobs.

Culti Milano

Italian company Culti Milano was chosen by Explora Journeys to create the home diffusers and guest amenities line. The company’s CEO Pierpaolo Manes said the collaboration ‘…contributes to Explora Journeys guests’ exceptional and unforgettable experience, with attention to detail, represented by the image of the home diffuser, which has now become an iconic symbol in the world of fragrance.’