The best sea-inspired scents for men
by Zoe Dickens
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. Make sure you smell as fresh as the ocean breeze with our edit of the best sea-inspired scents for men to buy now.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Swimming in Lipari
Inspired by the rugged yet beautiful Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily, this limited edition scent from Dolce & Gabbana opens with notes of sea salt and grapefruit before fading into a masculine blend of rosemary, dry wood and ambergris.
Light Blue Swimming in Lipari EDT, £39 for 40ml, Dolce & Gabbana
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, £53 for 50ml, Bvlgari
Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale
Crisp top notes of mint and lemon tree leaf fade smoothly into an elegant heart of geranium, rosemary, lavender and vetiver in this crowd-pleasing modern scent from the Italian designer.
Acqua Essenziale EDT, £46 for 50ml, Salvatore Ferragamo at House of Fraser
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, £41 for 75ml, Davidoff
Creed Virgin Island Water
A 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, £155 for 50ml, Creed at Selfridges
Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna
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 Ginepro di Sardegna.
Ginepro di Sardegna natural spray, £66 for 75ml, Acqua Di Parma