The overlap of those of us who want to go on a luxe beachside vacation and those of us who can isn’t as big as we’d like. Catch us dreaming about the sound of waves crashing while stuck in traffic or reminiscing about the last time we felt the sun on our skin while sitting at our desks. There are a handful of scents to fuel these daydreams that will immediately transport you seaside and slathered in sunscreen. Whether you wear them to help soak up summer or in the dead of winter to give you something to look forward to, these beachy perfumes are bound to get compliments.
Ellis Brooklyn SALT ($108)
Ellis Brooklyn has so many intoxicating scents it’s always hard to pick one, but when it comes to wanting to evoke the sense of salty skin and the hot sun on your shoulders, there’s no better bet than SALT. Although, SUN FRUIT is a close second. If you want to try them both, might I suggest the CHAPTERS Mini Fragrance Gift Set ($59)?
The viral sunscreen brand, with impeccable nostalgic vibes, bottled the scent of their beloved sunscreen in the form of perfume for days when you want to smell like sunscreen and summer, but you’re sitting at your desk, not slathering yourself with SPF beachside.
NEST New York South Pacific Sandalwood ($98)
A refreshing take on the seaside scent, this perfume oil transports you to the isles of the South Pacific with notes of sandalwood, violet leaves and vetiver.
Maison Margiela REPLICA Beach Walk ($160)
If you can’t go for a walk on the beach, you may as well smell like one. This scent “evokes memories of endless summer days, the warm ocean breeze, and the glow of sun-kissed skin” with notes of bergamot, lemon fuse, florals, ylang-ylang, coconut milk and white musk.
Tory Burch Essence of Dreams Divine Moon ($125)
You’ll find this fragrance on the sweeter side of paradise with scents of sandalwood, almond milk, honey, Lady of the Night, bergamot and rhubarb. The scent is inspired by Tory’s garden and apiary on the island of Antigua.
PHLUR Solar Power ($96)
Bathe in the sun and embody that Solar Power that Lorde sings about. This fragrance boasts a warm solar-floral accord alongside bergamot, mandarin, musk, driftwood and sea salt.
D.S. & DURGA Rose Atlantic ($190)
D.S. & DURGA says this scent is reminiscent of sipping spritzes, summer wind and dune grass. The notes of bergamot, petals, lemon oil, linden, rose accord, dune grass, muscone, white moss and salt water are sure to send your mind on a vacation.
Byredo Sundazed ($200)
Enter a state of summer bliss any time of year with the scents of neroli, jasmine sambac, musks, lemon and mandarin. In this bottle, “nostalgia and escapism entwine to channel the warmth of an endless summer.”
Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc ($150)
This is one of the most popular beachy perfumes, and for good reason. Scents of coco de mer, ylang-ylang from Comoros Island and bergamot flower help you drift away on your own private getaway.
DIME Malibu Night $48)
If you can’t make it to the California coast, bring the coast to you with this perfume. Scents of sandalwood, vanilla, cloud musk, coconut milk, pear and more meld together to evoke the serene feeling of an evening beach stroll.
Bath & Body Works Coco Paradise ($18)
If you’re looking for an affordable yet still delightful vacation for the senses, book a one-way ticket to Coco Paradise. Salted coconut monoi, sugared neroli and bronzed sandalwood will greet you when you arrive.
The Harmonist Sun Force ($350)
Reviewers can’t get enough of this scent. Notes of Hawaiian pomelo, Bulgarian rose, sandalwood, benzoin, honey, cardamom and more delight the senses and evoke memories of baking in the warm sun and grabbing drinks after.
Bobbi Brown Beach ($80)
Straight to the point and spot on, Bobbi Brown’s Beach employs a mix of sand jasmine, sea spray and mandarin to transport you seaside.