Best products that smell like the ocean?
June 10, 2022 5:11 AM   Subscribe

Looking for the best quality perfumes, shampoo, and other products that smell like the ocean.
posted by cda to Shopping (19 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
DS & Durga makes nice (and spendy) stuff.
posted by box at 6:42 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]

Demeter Fragrance’s Salt Air smells remarkably like ocean.
posted by corey flood at 6:58 AM on June 10

Lush Ocean Salt scrub smells exactly like the ocean to me, although the description indicates lime/citrus. They have it as a sample to try if you use other Lush products.
posted by lizard music at 8:12 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab makes some cool aquatic perfume oils! Unfortunately they are out of stock of my favorite ocean-y one, Olokun. But this sample pack has several others worth trying. I will say though that none of them smell like a beach, per se, so much as they all have a marine reference. Ry'leh, to my nose, is the most most ocean like, with Sea of Glass next. (Bayou is actually my fave of that set in general; it's humid green summer heat in liquid form.)
posted by prewar lemonade at 8:12 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]

Oh definitely definitely definitely check out I Hate Perfume. I’m on my phone so I can’t easily link, but there are several there that would suit you: off the top of my head, At the Beach 1966, Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, Tidal Pool, and North Atlantic.
posted by Susan PG at 8:26 AM on June 10 [2 favorites]

Sel Marin might be worth sampling.
posted by nanook at 8:40 AM on June 10

Hermes Eau de Merveilles. Smells like the evening after a day at the beach plus a walk in the woods. My sample wasn't overbearing, but I kept getting little whiffs whenever I turned my head. (Hermes says it's "for women." I say, "Anyone who likes it should wear it.")

Look for someone on eBay or Mercari who has a good seller rating and you can save a lot of money -- I just bought a nearly full bottle, minus a few spritzes, for 50% off from a Mercari seller who found that it didn't work for them.
posted by virago at 10:11 AM on June 10

Elena Vosnaki, one of my favorite fragrance bloggers, says that Salvador Dali's Sunrise in Cadaques Pour Femme is a cheaper, more fizzy and less salty Eau de Merveilles if you're not put off by the bottle.
posted by virago at 10:24 AM on June 10

Method has a hand soap called Sea Minerals that I really love.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:24 AM on June 10 [2 favorites]

I Hate Perfume.

Am I daft or is there no way to purchase anything on this website? I see no pricing or way to add things to a basket.
posted by dobbs at 2:14 PM on June 10 [1 favorite]

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. I haven't tried other products in the Surf line, but I imagine they smell just as good.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:16 PM on June 10 [1 favorite]

@dobbs - If you go to and click a box, you should be taken to a new page (in the case of the Ready to Wear collection) or get a pop-up (in the case of the Premium Accords) where you can select a size and add it to your cart. I notice that my uBlock Origin is blocking a lot on the site, so if you have ad/script blockers, that might be preventing you from seeing things.
posted by neushoorn at 2:30 PM on June 10 [1 favorite]

Maison Margiela has a lovely perfume called Beach Walk that I really like in their Replica line.

Also try The Thymes' Aqua Coralline body wash, lotion, hand soap, etc.
posted by kitten kaboodle at 9:40 PM on June 10

I don't like scented stuff but I love Swedish Dream Sea Salt Hand Crème.
posted by bendy at 10:04 PM on June 10

I've spent some time hunting for this kind of thing too. I guess everyones impression of the sea varies but the very best I have found is Compagnie de Provence Mediterranean hand creme.
posted by mani at 12:07 AM on June 11

I'm in love with Algemarin Spa foam bath/shower gel.
posted by medeine at 12:07 PM on June 11

Response by poster: I'm trying all of these! Thank you!
posted by cda at 3:09 PM on June 16

Just to add another Replica perfume that may fit the bill: Sailing Day.
posted by unicorn chaser at 4:28 AM on June 17

Supplementary answer to yourself and to Dobbs, re the I Hate Perfume site:

To purchase things, first go to the "shop" page. You will see a screen with what looks like square color swatches, each with the names of the various scents. If you click on one of those swatches, THAT will take you to the shopping options for THAT scent; there will be a dropdown menu for the various sizes on offer, and you have to pick a specific item from the dropdown to see the price.

I tried to pull links to the specific scents mentioned above, but the interface doesn't seem to let me do that.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:35 AM on June 17

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