The most bittersweet moment after returning from a beach trip (besides being home of course) is unpacking your suitcase and smelling the ocean on all of your clothes. This hit me hard when we unpacked from our Bahamas trip – everything smelled so good, I had a hard time throwing my clothes down the laundry chute. They smelled just like vacation and after landing back in frigid Cleveland, it was the only piece of summer I had! It may sound crazy but I still haven’t washed my little Turkish beach towel that came with us – it never got dirty, but still smells like the ocean, so…I’m going to hang onto it for a bit longer. Is that weird? Probably. Don’t care.
It’s almost impossible to bottle up the perfect smell of the beach, but I’ve rounded up my absolute favorite fragrances that get really darn close. These are perfect to wear all summer long, or in the offseason when you’re in need of some vacation vibes. I know lots of us are back from spring break, or in dire need of a spring break, so I hope this helps bridge the gap. I’ve tried all of these and can vouch that you’ll find a favorite in here! They’re beach at first spritz.
TOM FORD Soleil Blanc // This is my go-to summer scent. It smells luxurious, sultry, and is a perfect pick for summer date nights. It radiates the feeling of warm sun and tan skin, with addictive undertones. It’s pricey, but I use it sparingly, as you don’t need much. Definitely worth the splurge.
Notes of: bergamot, pistachio accord, ylang ylang, and coco de mer accord
SOL DE JANEIRO Brazilian Crush Body Mist // If you’ve ever tried this brand’s Bum Bum body butter (p.s. you must), this is the same delicious scent. It smells tropical, sweet and warm – just like a vacation. It’s uplifting and definitely has the power to transport you (mentally) to any island you wish.
Notes of: pistachio, salted caramel, sunscreen
PIRETTE Roll-On Fragrance Oil // I have to thank Rachael from Summer of Diane for posting about this oil – it’s amazing. This tiny little bottle lasts forever, since the roll-on nature of the oil requires very little for each use. It works with your body heat throughout the day, and is super long lasting. Just a few dabs behind ears, on wrists, and elbows and you’ll be good to go. If you love the post-beach smell of sunscreen and ocean air, this one’s for you.
Notes of: coconut, amber, sea salt and surf wax
MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA Beach Walk // I love this light and clean fragrance, it smells like salty ocean breeze. Another pricey pick, but the travel size would be perfect to keep in your bag during the summer for impromptu dinners and beach hangs. Similar to the Tom Ford option, but this one smells a little more fresh/clean.
Notes of: bergamot, heliotrope, coconut milk
BOBBI BROWN Beach // Another light, refreshing take on a beach scent, this one is bright and reminiscent of salty air. I can smell a little hint of sunscreen too, which makes this fragrance perfect for bringing back vacation memories. There’s a hint of floral in there, but it’s very subtle.
Notes of: jasmine, sea spray, mandarin
Hope you find one that you like in here! Most are available at Sephora if you want to try before you buy. The countdown is on to summer, and I hope this helps pass the time! Happy beaching!