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    Default Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Hello everyone, I'm new here and would love to pick your brains.

    The weather has been absolute garbage here in the Mid-Atlantic and my SO and I have been dreaming of the beach for months now. Until them, I need some good olfactory escapism. I love citrus and tropical scents, so I ordered a sample of Creed Virgin Island Water before Christmas. Unfortunately it was a huge disaster and went to toilet bowl cleaner on me in 10 minutes or so.

    I wear just about anything if it's good, regardless of gender, but definitely not the designer cake bombs that Sephora sends me samples of all the time. What do you wear on vacation, or on a good weekend stay-cation?

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Quote Originally Posted by SmellyEllie View Post
    Hso I ordered a sample of Creed Virgin Island Water before Christmas. Unfortunately it was a huge disaster and went to toilet bowl cleaner on me in 10 minutes or so.

    I wear just about anything if it's good, regardless of gender, but definitely not the designer cake bombs that Sephora sends me samples of all the time. What do you wear on vacation, or on a good weekend stay-cation?

    Virgin Island Water turned into a huge disaster? I'm surprised because I thought that was one of their simpler creations (and perfect for beach weather).

    Anywho, I'd recommend giving Creed Erolfa a try and then Boadicea Victorious Empire for sunny beach settings.
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    Highly recommend Costarela by Carner Barcelona, it reminds me of the beach by covering many different aspects instead of focusing on just one.

    High on my most underrated fragrance list and suitable for both men and women.
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Also recommending (re) testing as much of the Blu Mediterraneo fragrance line by Acqua di Parma as possible/available
    Currently wearing: Zino Davidoff by Davidoff

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Maison Margiela :

    BEACH WALK - A stroll along the ocean. Feet sink into the sand. Waves brush the skin. The sun at its zenith radiates the beach. “Beach Walk” evokes the memory of a summer day.

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    You might try Coccobello by Heeley.

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Amouage's Ciel Man strikes me as a very beach-like scent with elements of suntan lotion (but not in a bad way).

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Bond Fire Island, smells of luxe suntan lotion

    Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum, beachy without the coconut that is usually a large part of tropical scents.

    Eau des Merveilles, my beachy daydream scent. Smells like sun-dried skin and driftwood at a secret beach.
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    I've heard of but never tried Amouage Beach Hut Man.

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Welcome to basenotes, Ellie!

    l love beachy fragrances, & l've tried quite a few. My top picks:

    Perfect Coconut Milk by Sarah Horowitz
    Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder
    lntense Tiare by Montale
    Aloha Tiare by Comptoir Sud Pacifique
    Manoumalia by Les Nez
    Prodigieux Le Parfum by Nuxe
    Soleil Blanc by Tom Ford
    Sun by Jil Sander
    Terracotta Le Parfum by Guerlain
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Tom Ford’s Mandarino di Amalfi.

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Perhaps Batucada by L'Artisan
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Terracotta Le Parfum is very nice, but for some reason I don't associate it with beaches. I associate it with terracotta.

    I think Sel Marin is a good option in this context. It is airy, rarefied and gentle (at least past the opening blast), qualities that I associate with beaches. I'd say Profumum's Acqua di Sale is similar, though initially it is too salty, drying down to a very nice fresh musk.

    I've always loved Set Sail St. Bart's (for Men) by Tommy Bahama - it is cheap, but very fun and casual. Quite unisex, too.
    Currently wearing: Vanille Tonka by Nicolaï

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Quote Originally Posted by wood&leather View Post
    Virgin Island Water turned into a huge disaster? I'm surprised because I thought that was one of their simpler creations (and perfect for beach weather).
    Sadly yes, and I'm not sure why because it seems generally loved. I will likely hang on to the sample and try again in warmer weather.

    Regardless, thank you for the recommendations.

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Suddenly I see the value of the wardrobe "test list", lol. Thanks everyone for your ideas. Now let me throw myself down that slope.

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    I'm actually enjoying Blvgari Aqva Atlantique. With the shower gel and lotion, you could smell like a wave for about 10 hours.
    Currently wearing: Aventus Cologne by Creed

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Quote Originally Posted by cologne connoisseur View Post
    You might try Coccobello by Heeley.
    Good recommendation.
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Sex and the sea by Francesca Bianchi, an immensely pleasant offering from this brand. A combination of soft sweet coconut+pineapple+mimosa, somehow form a smooth pair with ambergris. I don’t care what Tom Ford call his product, for me, this is one and only “F*ing Fabulous”.

    Can’t recommend enough.
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Although not an aquatic fragrance, I find Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo Cedro di Taormina incredibly reminiscent of the sea and of coastal air.

    You could also try Zegna’s Acqua di Bergamotto. Probably leans more to the masculine side however and although very, very nice, I find it weak (on my skin, at least).

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    I spent the day in the ocean off Montego Bay today and was reminded of TF Oud Minerale. It’s not a typical suntan-lotion “beachy” scent- instead it’s salty, briney and seaweedy.

    With me on the trip is Aqua Amara and Viking- mainly because I had them in travel atomizers and we were leaving in haste. They’re doing the job just fine though...
    Currently wearing: Ombré Leather by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul H View Post
    Tom Ford’s Mandarino di Amalfi.
    I second this. I also absolutely LOVE Xerjoff Nio. Another summer favorite is Grey Vetiver but that’s pretty masculine. Neroli Portofino is a perfect beach scent, only appropriate place for it really. Also Nicolai Cap Neroli is great and better performing than NP but more floral in its mid and late stages.

    As far as Coccobello, I am definitely not a fan. Coconut is a note I cannot stand in a fragrance.

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Ninfeo Mio, Un Jardin Sur Le Nil and En Mediterranee, Voyage D'Hermès, Balade Sauvage, Herba Fresca, Menthe Fraiche, Coccobello.
    Currently wearing: Amber Oud by By Kilian

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Sel Marin
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Quote Originally Posted by the blood on 530 27 View Post
    Sex and the sea by Francesca Bianchi, an immensely pleasant offering from this brand. A combination of soft sweet coconut+pineapple+mimosa, somehow form a smooth pair with ambergris. I don’t care what Tom Ford call his product, for me, this is one and only “F*ing Fabulous”.

    Can’t recommend enough.
    This one is on my test list!
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Wood Sage Sea Salt by Jo Malone
    Sira des Indes by Patou
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Paestum Rose as a very unique beach impression:
    A town in south italy, afternoon, returning from the beach, smelling of suntan lotion, sand, salty sheets; there are heated stones & buidings, boiling tomatoes far away, two-stroke exhaust - and all this builds up an idea of a rose scent. Wonderful.
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Sel Marin (or Note de Yuzu for a Yuzu twist on the same drydown)
    Sel de Vetiver
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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Hommage a l'homme Voyageur

    Voyage D'Hermès Parfum

    Nautica Voyage

    Sel de Vetiver

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Now I'm dreaming too!

    Great suggestions above - I'd add Agua Motu (Comptoir Sud) and Fleurs de Sel (Miller Harris) both of which create a seaside or on the water feel for me - Fleurs de Sel is less 'beach' and more cliffside walks.

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    Default Re: Dreaming of of the beach, recommend me something!

    Quote Originally Posted by wood&leather View Post
    Virgin Island Water turned into a huge disaster? I'm surprised because I thought that was one of their simpler creations (and perfect for beach weather).

    Anywho, I'd recommend giving Creed Erolfa a try and then Boadicea Victorious Empire for sunny beach settings.
    Really surprised about it being a disaster as it is a great summer Beach Frag on my skin


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