Classic Marine Scents

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Clean, sharp scents were big in the nineties because they chimed with the fashionable minimalist aesthetic which was very much in vogue at the time. Fresh ‘aquatic’ notes lent themselves particularly well to the olfactory trend. Here are our top ten classic marine fragrances.

Words: Charlotte Jolly

  • Marines

    Sogni del Mare, Antonia’s Flowers

    £57 (50ml)

    Beachy, a bit boho and utterly alluring. Rhubarb, bergamot and lotus flowers, padded out with vetiver, gives this fragrance a zesty, ‘oceanic’ character.

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    Erolfa, Creed

    £143 (75ml),

    ‘Aquatic’ fragrances, by definition, are elusive and have an almost transparent feel; perfect for summer but who wants a perfume so light and ‘watery’ it fades before it’s dry on your skin? At the heart of this suave scent, ginger and pepper notes mingle with a distinctive ‘sea’ scent and a cedarwood-amber base gives it gravitas.

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    Caspian Eau de Parfum, Angela Flanders

    £60 (50ml),

    Awash with crisp, clean ‘outdoorsy’ notes, and infused with earthy vetiver and oak moss, this fragrance really lingers.

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    Beach Eau de Parfum, Bobbi Brown


    A spritz of refreshing sea spray is wrapped up in sand jasmine, neroli petals and driftwood. Nostalgic doesn’t cover it. This is summer bottled, basically.

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    Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

    £165 (200ml),

    As the name suggests, this fragrance has an aquatic, translucent quality. Tinted with juicy citrusy notes and infused with musky woods, it’s unavoidably alluring.

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    Sel Marin Eau de Parfum, Heeley

    £120 (100ml),

    A clean composition with bursts of lemon, salty seafoam, green algae and a just a hint of leather. It has a sophisticated soapiness about it.

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    Vétiver Les Colognes, Annick Goutal

    £102 (200ml), Selfridges.com

    Camille Goutal spent her childhood summers at the Ile de Ré and this ‘tonic essence’ is inspired by its bracing, blow-out-the-cobwebs freshness. Its eponymous note combines with zesty citrus, rosemary, sage and iris.

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    Blue Agava & Cacao, Jo Malone

    £39 (30ml),

    An inspired blend of sea salt and raw cacao, with a sprinkling of dewy, zesty hints, render this scent utterly delectable. It‘s sophisticated base is made up of vetiver, cinnamon and musk.

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    Lys Mediterranee, Frederic Malle

    £140 (100ml),

    A veil of salty sea spray, with the spiciness of ginger lilies, gives this fragrance a neat, ‘freshly distilled’ quality.

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    Eau Océane, Biotherm


    This fragranced body mist is inspired by the bracing freshness of the North Sea. An aquatic floral with salty sea notes, a jasmine sambac heart and an earthy, algaeinfused dry-down.


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