Close your eyes for a moment. You can imagine yourself at the water’s edge, whether it’s on the coast, in the middle of the ocean, or somewhere else. Take a deep breath and let it wash over you. This little zen moment will likely transport you to a body saltwater. You can hear the waves crash and seagulls calling, as well as smell the warm, aquatic scent of the air. You can transport yourself to the seaside by using perfume. Look for aquatic scents.
Aquatic perfumes, often saltwater-based, are pretty self-explanatory. This is why they might be referred to as oceanic or marine scents. Some perfumes simply refer to the sea in packaging or advertising, but our favorite scents include notes of sea salt and sea moss to capture the essence of the ocean. Keep reading, whether you are dreaming of a Mediterranean beach or reminiscing about a sailing trip from years ago. Here are our top picks for aquatic perfumes that harness the healing powers of the ocean.
MAC Cosmetics Turquatic
Turquatic by MAC Cosmetics was one that made us go from being one-note perfume lovers to full-blown perfume obsessives. This light scent combines hints of sweet lotus and zesty Amalfi citrus with powdery orris root. It is a great addition to any perfume collection, regardless of gender.
- MAC COSMETICS Turquatic $65.00
Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ Sailing Day Eau de Toilette
This ultra-alluring fragrance features a combination of coriander and spicy red pepper, as well as deep marine notes, seaweed and cedar. Although it is masculine, we find this EDT to be sufficiently androgynous for any occasion, especially on warm days. We especially enjoy smelling it at happy hour on Fridays.
- MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA ‘Replica’ Sailing Day Eau de Toilette $144.00
Natura Kaiak Oceano Eau de Toilette
Fruity-floral-aquatic is one of the most addictive fragrance blends to spray on again and again–especially in warm weather–and this new launch from Natura is bound to become a favorite. The scent is inspired by the perfumer’s passion for diving. It combines watery and natural seaweeds from the Atlantic with florals and fruity notes. It also features pataqueira. It is a purple flower that is native to Amazonian rainforest. It has a distinctive sweet and salty scent. The juice is packaged in recycled glass and plastic bottles that were washed up on the Brazilian coast.
- NATURA Kaiak Oceano Eau de Toilette $77.00
Ellis Brooklyn Salt Eau de Parfum
The Brooklyn-born aquatic perfume immediately makes you want to spend a day at the beach. You’ll also notice a fresh, saline scent, as well as rich magnolia and powdery cedarwood. The most oceanic of all aromas is musky ambergris. Ambergris, which is only allowed in artificial iterations for legal reasons, is a substance that is produced by the digestive system. That’s enough.
- ELLIS BROOKLYN Salt Eau de Parfum $105.00
DS&Durga Rose Atlantic Eau de Parfum
This gorgeous juice by DS&Durga features delicate, sweet rose petals. This floral features salt, seawater and dunegrass notes. It is brightened with sparkling bergamot, lemon, and it makes for an unforgettable scent that we cannot stop sniffing. The brand’s limited edition Salt Marsh Rose candle ($65) is also worth a look. It’s a darker, more moody scent that has a similar fragrance profile to the one we use in our apartment for those long hot summer days.
- DS&DURGA Rose Atlantic Eau de Parfum $175.00
Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Eau de Parfum
This Tom Ford fragrance is a declaration of luxury. The scent is elegant beyond the classic design of the bottle. The scent is a blend of cardamom and cypress notes that quickly merge into a mix of oud, seaweed and driftwood. It rests on a base of vanilla and vetiver. This one is for you regardless of your gender. As long as you’re wearing it with panache, it’s yours.
- TOM FORD Costa Azzurra Eau de Parfum $195.00
Krigler Villa America 220 Eau de Parfum
Do not be deceived by the name. This legendary fragrance house Krigler’s aquatic perfume is named after Villa America, a Cap d’Antibes estate. Ex-pat socialites Sara Murphy and Gerald Murphy own this home which has been home to famous figures like Rudolfo Valentino and Ernest Hemingway throughout the summers. This home is warmened with amber and contains bitter sagebrush, sweet magnolia, salty aquatic notes, and sweet magnolia.
- KRIGLER Villa America 220 Eau de Parfum $485.00
Veronique Gabai Sur La Plage Eau de Parfum
This is the epitome of beach chic. This beachy scent is a blend of white flowers, magnolia and jasmine with sea notes. It then dries down to an intense, sun-warmed aroma–just what you need after a day at the seaside. You can also keep a small vial of this perfume in the brand’s sophisticated Perfume Pendant ($990), so it is always with you wherever you go. This is the ultimate luxury resortwear accessory.
- VERONIQUE GABAI Sur La Plage Eau de Parfum $260.00
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea Eau de Toilette
The inspiration for this lush, green, aquatic perfume was Panarea, a small volcanic island off the northern coast Sicily. Cool, herbaceous myrtle star top notes are supported by bergamot, basil, and piney cedar. This makes for a refreshing summer scent. The blue bottle makes a great centerpiece for any vanity.
- ACQUA DI PARMA Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea Eau de Toilette $137.00
Heeley Sel Marin Eau de Parfum
This scent is not inspired by tropical sun, but Heeley’s fresh and briny fragrance. The scent is enriched by muted notes of lemon, bergamot, and seaweed. This leads to notes of ocean water, moss and seaweed, before drying down to cedar and musk. This one is for you if you have ever enjoyed a boat ride along the Atlantic, and how revitalizing it felt to feel with the cool breeze and sea spray on your cheeks.
- HEELEY Sel Marin Eau de Parfum $180.00