The best sea-inspired scents for women
by Zoe Dickens
Warm skin, salty air and sun lotion - nothing smells as good as a great holiday. If your Caribbean vacation already feels likes a distant memory recreate the magic at home with these ocean-inspired scents...
Acqua di Parma Ambra
The new Ambra fragrance from Acqua di Parma features musky, salty notes of ambergris, a rare bi-product of marine mammals. Alongside the sandalwood the ambergris balances the top notes of bergamot and orange. You’ll pick up soft notes of rose and the pepperiness of patchouli in this complex and enjoyable fragrance, perfect for evening wear.
From £197, Selfridges
Hermes un Jardin sur la Lagune
Light and breezy with plenty of character, this Hermes fragrance, Jardin sur la Lagune, is a beautiful blend of floral and woody notes, but there is the unmistakable scent of salty sea air. A spritz of this and you’ll be transported back to brighter summer mornings and care-free holidays.
From £75.65, John Lewis
Bamford Camille Eau de Parfum
Striking freshness on the first whiff, the Bamford Camille has strong notes of jasmine laced with ylang ylang and orange blossom to add vibrancy. The base notes of amber and cedar balance the scent nicely, resulting in a light, breezy fragrance reminiscent of summer.
50ml from £95, Bamford.com
Creed Virgin Island Water
Inspired by the summer Trade Winds dancing over the ocean, this tropical scent from Creed is the perfect recreation of your Caribbean superyacht vacation. A gentle core of coconut and ylang ylang is brightened with notes of crisp lime juice for a refreshing, light fragrance ideal for hot days.
Virgin Island Water, £215 for 100ml, Creed
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia
Maison Francis Kurkdjian's fine fragrances have long been a cult favourite among olfactory obsessives. Taking its cues from the blues of sea and sky, Aqua Celestia's heady blend of mimosa blossoms, cool mint, blackcurrant and lime are tempered with a hint of musk creating an inviting scent ideal for cocktail hour.
Aqua Celestia Eau de Toilette, €140 for 70ml, Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua
American fashion designer Tom Ford offers a whole range of scents inspired by the heady beauty of the Italian Riviera. With its vibrant citrus and amber signature, this perfume dedicated to the blue skies and azure waters of the Portofino coastline is guaranteed to please.
Neroli Portofino Acqua Eau de Parfum, $171 for 100ml, Tom Ford at Barneys
Terry du Gunzburg Bleu Paradis
Whether you find peace in the sea or sky, Bleu Paradis by French perfumer Terry de Gunzburg is designed to take you there. Fresh, light and timeless, aquatic notes of Mauritian litchi are combined with smoky cedar, rose, amber and musk for an elegant fragrance ideal for all day wear.
Bleu Paradis Eau du Parfum, £180 for 100ml, Terry de Gunzburg at Harrods
Heeley Sel Marine
Directly translated from French as ‘sea salt’, this unisex scent by Heeley has top notes evoking white sands and salty breezes while heart notes of golden lemon conjure cool green Mediterranean waters. Finally base notes of vetiver, cedar and birch develop into a long-lasting scent of sun baked shores and abundant gardens.
Sel Marin Eau de Parfum, £125 for 100ml, Heeley at Les Senteurs