40 Days and 40 Nights of Fragrance Notes: Beach Scents
I have a personal weakness for beach inspired fragrances. It might have something to do with the fact that Ohio is...well...Ohio.
There is no ocean breeze or sandy beach in the buckeye state. No one better dare bring up Lake Erie...or I will jump through this computer to get you.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you have heard us moan countless times about the snow and cold. To be quick and to the point...Ohio's weather sucks.
Beach scents deliver surf and sand to Ohio. They smell like suntan lotion, sand, sun, coconut, frangipani, salt, water and driftwood.
There are many beach scents worth mentioning. One of my favorites is Estee Lauder's Tom Ford Azuree/Bronze Goddess. I have hoarding issues with this fragrance. It is an oil that is sweetened with a tropical tiare flower.
From my review on June 3rd 2006: The Azuree Body Oil is a modern interpretation of the 1969 original. The updated version is "built around a tiare milk accord that comprises Tahitian gardenia petals mixed with coconut and orange blossoms and warmed with vetiver, sandalwood and myrrh." The tropical gardenia note is very creamy with crisp orange blossoms. The vetiver is very green and fresh. The original fragrance had fresh citrus and floral notes with a heart of basil and spearmint and a dry down of oak moss and deep woods.
Lauder's Azuree Soleil/Bronze smells like sunkissed skin. Nars Monoï Body Glow II also has this suntan lotion vibe. It is a tropical mixture of coconut and Tahitian gardenia. Both these oils have great subtle, wafting sillage.
Another great "sun-baked skin" scent is Bond 9's Fire Island. It was influenced by Ambre Solaire suntan lotion. It has a green neroli note with a slightly dirty musk drydown. Crazy good.
The other beach scents from Bond 9 are Hamptons, Coney Island (carnival-like) and Andy Warhol Montauk (driftwood).
CB I Hate Perfume's At The Beach 1966 is the grandest of the beach fragrance genre. It is seashells, sandy beach, suntan lotion and the ocean. CB captures every memory and moment in scent. From a fresh snow to the air before a thunderstorm. This beach is every vacation you have ever taken. Magical.
Bobbi Brown's Beach is a gloomy day on the beach. It is grey skies, more sand, ocean spray, pebbles and a light sweater.
Michael Stars had a fragrance ages ago. It was a floral tuberose lei meets rocky sandy beach explosion.
CSP's Vanilla Frangipane is a long discontinued gem from my Makeupalley Fragrance board days. My decant was gifted to me by the great Autumn/Tealief. It was the most incredible vanilla tropical concoction. Delicious and sultry.
Lovers of beach fragrances...Let us know your favorites in the comments!
Graphic Credit: Melanie Parker
Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review have been purchased, gifted or sniffed by the reviewer.
Bobbi Brown's Beach and some of the Azuree bottles were provided by the companies.