Scents of the sea – bring on the summer sunshine vibes

What does the phrase ‘scents of the sea’ immediately bring to mind, for you?

Forget those somewhat generic 90s beachy scents, pack your bucket and spade and get ready for a whole new generation of oceanic wonders…

Seaside and summer go together like sand in your sandwiches and an inevitable downpour (if you’re in the UK, anyway); which leads to sitting in a car, windows steaming as tempers rise, eating somewhat flaccid chips while staring gloomily out to sea. In our heads, the image is somewhat different – crystal clear water, sunlight sparkling on white crested waves, fresh salty breezes whipping our hair into a perfect beachy bohemian vibe.

Don’t leave these happy-making images in your dreams – spritz them in to reality by wearing any one of this new generation of ‘by the seaside’ scents. We’ve chosen seven holidays in fragrant bottled form, to be uplifting, awakening and definitely more reliable than our weather…

 

Magamare is an ozonic scent that takes its inspiration directly from the oceans, containing ambergris, seaweed and sea cucumber. Let Megamare wash over you this Summer – and we’re not talking puddles or gentle lapping, here: it’s a veritable leviathan of a fragrance with incredible lasting-power, and one for those who want their scent to take them on a seashore journey the whole day (and night) through.

Orto Parisi Megamare £138 for 50ml eau de parfum
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If your seaside jaunts run to the racier resorts, you’d do well to re-disover the delights of this modern classic. Said to have been developed to the brief of licking salt off a man’s hot skin as he emerges from the sea (steady on), Francis Kurkdjian’s masterpiece of mint, cumin (for a slight sweatiness) and cardamom atop orange blossom and a smooth vanilla dry down is hard to beat.
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male £38.50 for 40ml

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Feel n’ Chill wraps you in a blanket of fluffiness – soft musk shushing the freshness of lazy waves, lush coconut water and juicy watermelon adding a slight booziness to the dry down. Lay back and drink of England as you watch azure seas roll ever onward, your blood pressure dropping deliciously with every aromatic breeze.

JUSBOX Feel ‘n’ Chill £140 for 78ml eau de parfum
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A proper English seaside holiday, with all the sticky-fingered memories of candyfloss smiles, sudden downpours with the hope of ‘it’s meant to be brightening up, later!’ Exploring mossy rock pools while smeared in suntan lotion, burning your thighs on pleather seats, minty sticks of rock that last forever and salty, kiss-me-quick selfies. Sheer joy, bottled, in other words.

4160 Tuesdays What I Did on My Holidays £40 for 30ml eau de parfum
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Apsu’s bright blend of verdant green notes drifts to a haziness of freshness, happily lapping into cool, clear water. Crunchy, almost celery-like  mixed with sunny bergamot to capture the lush vibrant spirit of nature and water in warm climates. APSU redefines freshness.

Ulrich Lang Apsu £89 for 100ml eau de toilette
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For the chic-est holiday-in-a-bottle you must spray this seaside-y breeze of a scent. Shimmering notes of lemon, grapefruit and mandarin are touched by a soft, salt-tinged wind, while crystalline waters of a lagoon glisten below trees of ripening passion fruits. Ylang ylang gives a rich exoticism to the composition, ensuring this is a Guerlain vacation you’ll never want to forget.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Passiflora £52 for 75ml eau de toilette
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The tang of lemon made even more mouth-watering with sprinkles of salt on cool, aquatic notes, a bracing slap of birch leaf and Spanish cypress oil to revive the most flagging of spirits. Intriguing accords of seaweed swathe a delicacy of green herbaceousness than lingers for hours.

Mare Pacifico By Linari £145 for 100ml eau de parfum
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by Suzy Nightingale

 

Fragrance Family Friday: what is ‘Fresh’?

The perfume universe is divided into ‘families’. but what does this terminolgy actually mean to someone searching for a new fragrance to wear? We know it can be baffling to work out, so are here to help guide you with a new feature decoding and exploring the main fragrance families, and choosing an example we think your nose should get to know…

What are fragrance families?
Technically, ‘fragrance families’ are a classification system the perfume industry has used for years, to place individual perfumes into olfactory ‘groups’, based on their dominant characteristics. It’s part of the language of scent.

A true family, of course, has lots of members – and so it is with fragrance. Most of the eight main fragrance families will have some variations on their theme, particularly these days, as increasing numbers of fragrance houses describe their scents as ‘fresh woody floriental’ and suchlike, which is rather confusing for everyone! Here. we’ll try to break down the characters of the main families so you can discover which you’re most drawn to.

Will I only suit fragrances from one family?
Not necessarily – but it all depends on personal taste, the time of year, your mood and even what you’ve eaten recently (spicy food can mask the more subtle notes and alter how others smell on your skin for up to two weeks, for example).

In reality, very few of us have a completely jumbled wardrobe of scents from lots of different families: often without even realising, we tend to fall for one main family time and again. Just as you might open your wardrobe and find that a certain colour dominates. Instinctively, we prefer scents from some fragrance families and dislike others – although we may tend towards one particular family for colder weather, another for sunny times (or moods).

What is ‘fresh’?
Uplifting, zesty, cooling: most eau de Colognes fall into this family. They feature a whoosh of notes like lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, mandarin. (These notes are also slightly randomly referred to as being ‘hesperidic’ – after the Hesperides, the nymphs from Greek mythology!)

Fresh fragrances usually smell clean, and often come in the eau de toilette and Cologne versions, though now we’re finding longer-lasting eau de parfum fragrances evoking that zingy Cologne style. These are the best of both worlds, because many citrus-based scents disappear more quickly on the skin – the oils are the lightest in perfumery so evaporate more rapidly, particularly if you have dry skin. Stronger concentrations (like Aventus Cologne – see below) allow the freshness to give you jolt of energising enjoyment for several hours – hurrah!

Ideal for splashing, and generally more suited to summer, some conjure up a sea breeze, while others smell like bottled sunshine. Many people find fresh fragrances give them a ‘lift’ – a bit of a perfumed kick up the proverbial when you’re feeling drained or in need of a quick hit of happiness.

With all this in mind, let’s take a look at a brand new fresh fragrance we feel exudes the very best of this family’s characteristics…

Aventus Cologne
FAMILY: FREsh
TOP NOTES: ginger, mandarin, pink peppercorn
HEART NOTES: patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver
BASE NOTES: styrax, birch, musk, tonka bean

How does it smell?
Lusciously juicy mandarin fizzes with a rasp of freshly grated ginger, a gentle spicy heat enhanced by the addition of pounded pink peppercorns. Just as your nose is getting used to the sunshine warmed top notes, a supremely smooth patchouli swathes creamy sandalwood and cooling vetiver for an interplay of textures and temperatures that continues to intrigue. Finally, the resinous base pulses in a throb of almond-like tonka beans amidst soft drifts of smoky musk that demands to be nuzzled…

The original Aventus is a best-selling fragrance around the world, and most particularly known for the iconic pineapple top note. Wanting to create a more summery alternative, instead of just weakening the strength and turning it into an eau de toilette, perfumer Olivier Creed – sixth generation master perfumer for the house – crafted a luminous, utterly radiant fragrance that feels like a younger (more tanned) sibling of the original. It’s uplifting and vibrant, but still carries itself confidently for hours of perfumed pleasure!

Try a sample of Aventus Cologne
You can try a sample of the just-launched Aventus Cologne at home – it’s one of an incredible SEVENTEEN fragrances we put together in The Explorer Discovery Box of more masculine-styled scents for you to wear and explore your feelings for. Will you fall for this fresh example…?

The Explorer Discovery Box £19 (£15 for VIP Club members)

PS: Don’t forget to order for Father’s Day on June 16th – our last posting day is the 11th to make sure it arrives in time!

By Suzy Nightingale