There's something about a beachy scent that's just so irresistible. I'll chalk it up to the fact that most beachy scents have mouth-watering notes like citrus, tropical fruit, and salt. In my opinion, a good beachy fragrance should do one of two things (if not both): transport you to a specific seaside location, or make you feel like you just spent a day in the sand, your skin warmed from the sun. Good beachy scents are somehow both splashy and subtle, and they're alluring without being too sumptuous.
Keep reading for my favorite scents to both wear to the beach and remind you of the beach. Just a warning, you'll probably find yourself reaching for these year-round—they're basically like an instant vacation in a bottle.
Key Notes: Jasmine, dragonfruit, sheer vanilla, sun musk, ocean air
Color me optimistic, but to me, this $35 perfume mist smells like a sweeter, more floral-forward version of Maison Kurkdjian’s Baccarat Rouge (for about a tenth of the price). It's light, airy, and inviting.
Key notes: jasmine, gardenia, warm woods
Acqua di Gioia is the perfume equivalent of sparkling, clear blue water on a cloud-free day. It's both refreshing and thrilling at the same time, with fragrance notes that transport you to an ideal day on the Italian coast.
Key notes: ylang ylang, Tahitian tiare, ambergris
It wouldn't be a list of beachy perfumes without this scent from Ellis Brooklyn. This perfume encapsulates one of those long, dream-like beach days perfectly. It's a bottle full of salty skin, foamy waves, and golden sun.
Key notes: salted caramel, pistachio, vanilla
If you're after a beachy scent with a hint of caramel, this fragrance will do the trick. It's the scent equivalent of an ice cream sundae after a long day at the beach while the sunset reflects off the water.
Key notes: lemon, mandarin, neroli, jasmine sambac, musk
If you want a perfume that's reminiscent of lying in the sun on a hot day, this is it. Mandarin and lemon give this fragrance a light, refreshing quality, and the overall effect is like sunbeams dancing across your skin.
Key notes: aquatic accord, coriander, red seaweed
This scent is exactly what it sounds like. Clear blue water, sun-bleached sails, and ocean air. It smells like it should cost a lot more money than it does, which is something we can always appreciate in a fragrance.
Key notes: petitgrain essence, coconut water, coconut milk, bergamot, solar musk, banana, pineapple, pool water, swimsuit spandex, sea salt
Transport yourself to the set of Baywatch with this perfume, which smells like Vacation's sunscreen, widely known as one of the best-smelling sunscreens you can buy. It's lycra, pool water, and sunscreen wrapped into a perfume.