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The Best Sea-inspired Scents For Men

13 January 2020By Kelly Sullivan

Just like a great pair of swim shorts or a stylish pair of sunglasses, a good scent is a yachting essential for any serious sailor. The power of scents can transport you back in a whirl of nostalgia, so even if you're not on board currently, you can reminisce through your favourite fragrance. Make sure you smell as fresh as the ocean breeze with our edit of the best sea-inspired scents for men to buy now.

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt


This simple but effective fragrance does exactly what it says on the tin. A sparkling mix of sage and sea salt, wear it on its own for an instant hit of the ocean or layer with Jo Malone's wardrobe of scents for your own unique blend.

Wood sage and sea salt cologne, £94 for 100ml

Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve


The latest iteration of Bvlgari's popular Aqva men's scent collection, Atlantiqve was created by master nose Jacques Cavallier to capture the freshness and vitality of the oceans. Cavallier created a new 'sea amber' note for Atlantiqve which lies at the core of the fragrance and is blended with vibrant citrus and bergamot top notes and an ambergris, patchouli and sandalwood base.

Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve EDT, prices from £52.50 for 50ml

Strangelove silence_the_sea


Created by New York-based perfumer Stangelove, which uses oud as the base for all its fragrances, silence_the_sea combine notes of salty jasmine and earthy tuberose with pure ambergris in this potent roll-on oil that promises a truly modern olfactory experience. This roll-on oil is perfect for on-the-go top-ups.

Silencethesea roll-on, $390 for 10ml, Strangelove

Davidoff Cool Water Wave


This updated version of Davidoff’s best-selling scent adds zingy grapefruit and Sichuan pepper to a classic marine top note and blends with an aromatic heart of juniper, birch leaf and orange flower, creating an even fresher fragrance ideal for all day wear.

Cool Water Wave EDT, prices from £21

Creed Virgin Island Water


Caribbean sailing trip taken by father and son team Olivier and Edwin Creed provided the foundation for this scent from the cult fragrance brand. Its tropical olfactory palette includes playful hints of Jamaican lime, white bergamot, ylang ylang, jasmine and Tonkin musk.

Virgin Island Water fragrance spray, £230 for 100ml

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi


If your idea of the perfect summer is cruising the Med on your superyacht then the Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo range is for you. Each of the six scents is inspired by a different Mediterranean location, including Capri, Amalfi and Panarea. With its invigorating blend of juniper, cypress and sage, our favourite is the Fico di Amalfi which captures the citrus of the Amalfi lemon trees with subtle bergamot and cedar wood.

Fico di Amalfi natural spray, £61.20 for 75ml

Aqua Dos Açores Azul


The sea-inspired olfactory of this fragrance captures the salty sea air with a balance of more heaver, wood notes and a subtle hint of jasmine at the heart of it. This fragrance has longevity and complexity, in which you'll be transported back to days at sea on choppy waves.

From £75 for 50ml at aquadosazores.com