SUMMER DAYS on the beach may be over, but the scent of SALTY SEA AIR can remain with these five products …
Salt and marine notes have always been popular in men’s scents, but we find them too good to miss: it can be uplifting to have a hint of salty sea air when you’re stuck in the stuffy city. Sometimes we find sea salt notes are too tentative or vague in perfumes, but here are a selection that really do make waves, from perfumes to a diffuser for the home…
1. Creed Erolfa eau de perfum, a 1992 fragrance inspired by the Creed family’s love of sailing. It’s a bright, salty and herbal mix, with bergamot, lemon, orange and basil, jasmine, coriander and a woody, amber base. Designed for men, but too good to miss, this bottles the breeze and sunshine of the Med to cheer you through autumn’s darkening days. At Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.
2. The newest additions to the Maison Margiela Replica collection include Music Festival (lots of patchouli), woody floral Wicked Love, and Sailing Day, light and bright with aldehydes, coriander and iris. From the end of September, €95.
3. Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Bath & Shower Gel, €22. One of the best scents Molton Brown have ever done – we love this appealingly unisex salty, woody aromatic scent, which is also available as an eau de toilette. At Molton Brown, 80 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
4. We tend to prefer candles to diffusers, generally, but make an exception for Irish company Field Day‘s Sea Scent Diffuser with lemon and bergamot, €23.95. There are so many duff diffusers – too sickly sweet or cloying – but this one is literally a breath of fresh air. www.fielddayireland.ie and at Arnotts.
5. What could be more evocative than Italian bergamot and sea salt, with hints of leather? Heeley Parfums Sel Marin is an eau de parfum so it lasts, like a timeless day on the beach. €125 at Parfumarija, 2 Westbury Mall, Dublin 2; www.parfumarija.com.
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