I like doing the mundane when I'm travelling. Because it's not really mundane then, is it? Grocery shopping became a scavenger hunt when navigating a supermarket with scraps of Italian. Deciding which of dozens of cheeses to take on a beach trip in Spain was an exercise in restraint. Even buying mouth ulcer gel in French was an experience.
Supposedly, people are happier in the long run spending money on experiences, not things. It makes sense! We all have different priorities, but for now I'm putting a lot of my money towards travel. I don't think it needs to be a zero-sum game, though -- I've made a point of saving up for beauty-related purchases on my travels this past year, and subsequently have enjoyed using those products in my every day life.
Scent always plays a bit part in my travel memories (related: food). Our accommodation hosts in Sicily welcomed us with pastries in the fridge, and a plate of home-grown lemons on the patio table. There were still blossoms attached to the stems, and that, combined with the zagara (orange blossom) trees surrounding the property and dotted around the landscape, will stick with me for a long time to come.
Along very similar lines is the Zagara di Sicilia perfume by Profumi Zuma, found in a shabby chic-style souvenir shop in Scopello, a town quite close to where we were staying. This has the slightly bitter opening note of neroli -- a bit like when you squeeze a lemon and the essential oils burst out from the skin -- and mellows out to the sweet, heady combination of orange blossom and something warm (I can't find a list of scent notes anywhere, and I'm crap with them anyway, but I think it might be amber).
I can't be the only one who makes a point of shopping for beauty products when travelling, so tell me: what's your favourite beauty-related souvenir?