It's watery. And a bit salty. I'll give them that.
But for me it doesn't smell like the ocean at all. Neither does it smell very good.
More like a cucumber/bergamot/seaweed smoothie bought in a Los Angeles rawfood yoga café.
(Super healthy i'm sure, but the good part of perfumes is that it doesn't have any calories so i think i'll go with something heavier)
You first smelled this a few years back, and thought: "meh."
You last smelled this... today, and thought: "rope a dope."
Do preferences change that much in a few short years? They say that your tastebuds change every seven years. Perhaps the same can be said of nose... buds?
Or perhaps you're just less of an idiot than you were a few years back. The citrus combines very nicely with salty green stuff. It's in the neighborhood of Fleur de Liane, or Issey for men, with that floral-ish sourness, but bracing, rather than offputting. You like it.
You have a theory: perhaps it plays especially well in Oregon winters (you're checking in from a particularly grey February) as a foil, of sorts. Now, when you're in most desperate need of a reminder that the beach is a thing, the ocean is a thing, the summer is a thing, light is a thing... Stuff like this will pull you through.
I am quite taken with all the Heeley Perfumes I have tasted. They all carry a pure, fresh, contemporary feel. None have stood out as ostentatious or loud. They present a studied competence and precision that I admire. All have been and are extraordinarily wearable both in casual and formal.
Sel Marin is one of the only Aquatic or Ozonic that I can wear with any enjoyment.
That being said I give it a reluctant neutral due to the fact that I would not purchase a Full Bottle.
Anyone who is interested in the Aquatic, Ozonic really needs to sample this, for it is indeed, well executed.
10th January, 2016 (last edited: 22nd June, 2016)
Thanks to my good friend Purecaramel, I have finally been able to sample this gem!
This is definitely the aquatic I've been searching for. It smells exactly like the scent of being near the ocean. For me, it's a bit of a journey:
I first approach the beautiful verdant marshes of the NC and VA coasts. I was born and raised in NC, and I always enjoyed the boat rides thru the marshes to catch crabs in VA, or to simply enjoy the calm waters in NC. The opening and middle of this scent are a direct reminder of the salty scent upon the air, and the algae that, while pungent, is so calming and refreshing. I don't find it overwhelming to wear, and it seems natural - not synthetic and forced.
I next approach the beautiful beach - the warm (or cool) sand, and the view of that ever-expansive horizon and great blue water that I love so much. I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and joy. The beach and sea have always been Holy ground for me. The scent of this juice secures my mind of the very memories of standing on the beach. It is gorgeous. I realize that the top notes should be gone by now, but I think I am smelling some Italian Bergamot. There is something fresh, but not strong.
The last part is a symphony of warmth, sea spray and what smells to me like cucumber freshly sliced. It is so beautiful and un-pretentious. I absolutely love it, and can see this becoming a part of my collection - hopefully sooner than later!
Update: 2/11/16 I finally acquired this precious gem from a member of our community...I'll ask if I can give public accolades before I embarrass him :) Looking forward to summer more and more!
04th December, 2015 (last edited: 12th February, 2016)
I normally don't like acquatics, but had heard and read so many positive reviews of Sel Marin, I had to order a sample. I am somewhat skeptical how I would find this scent as I have the Gulf of Mexico just outside my door.
While not exactly an acquatic, Sel Marin is one of the very best near acquatics I've encountered. The opening is salty with green melon and cucumber beneath the surface. It is very pleasant and I must admit ocean like. I never got the cleaning fluid or fish smell other reviews have mentioned. 6hrs longevity and average sillage.
I like Sel Marin very much and am saving the rest of my sample for hotter weather. It takes a real special fragrance that is outside the norm for me to spend $150 on a bottle, but this one is probably going in the collection very soon.
3/19/15 - Purchased a decant. Very happy with this fragrance and I can't wait to wear it this summer.
24th February, 2015 (last edited: 19th March, 2015)