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It’s going to be 80 degrees here in Virginia Beach today, and I am thoroughly enjoying this incredibly mild winter. Last year it was cold and snowy, and it’s been many years since we’ve had such a gorgeous winter season here. I’m starting to get a bit of spring fever, and that always makes me want to pull out my “summer” fragrances, all of which smells like the beach to me. Here are my picks for smelling like you’ve spent all day at the beach. 


Bobbi Brown BeachBobbi Brown’s Beach: this is the most well known of the beach fragrances, I would wager. The line comes with a fragrance, body scrub, lotion, and body oil, all of which are amazing. Launched in 2002, this fragrance isn’t tropical or sweet, but instead smells like straight up Coppertone circa 1979. It is my go-to for beach scents. Listed notes include sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin. While this is a favorite for me, the scent is not long lasting, but layering products does seem to help.

Fire Island by Bond No. 9Fire Island by Bond No. 9: another favorite of mine, I like to mix this with a white tropical floral. Fire Island is a unisex fragrance created by Michel Almairac in house for Bond, a NYC boutique perfumier. Released in 2006, Fire Island was Bond’s 26th fragrance honoring New York City. The listed notes are cardamom, ozone, neroli, white musk, skin musk, tuberose, and patchouli. This doesn’t have a coconut-tanning-lotion smell, but it does remind me of the orange Bain de Soleil tanning lotion.

cb i hate perfume at the beach 1966CB I Hate Perfume’s At the Beach 1966: Another Coppertone fragrance, this one by Christopher Brosius. The scent of Coppertone is blended with an accord created especially for this scent called North Atlantic. Brosius says that the accord contains the scent of wet sand, seashell, driftwood, and just a hint of boardwalk. How he got all that in there, I don’t know, but it does smell as if you have spent the day lounging on a beach on the East Coast.

monyette parisMonyette Paris Fragrance Oil: now we are getting into the tropical florals. These are BIG florals, too. Monyette Paris was created to invoke French Polynesia, and has notes of Tahitan gardenia, French muget du bois, and island vanilla orchid. Created by Tristian Brando who was inspired by traveling in the Polynesia and the South Pacific. One of my personal favorites, and I go through a bottle each season.

carnal flowerCarnal Flower by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle: created in 2005 by Domonique Ropion, Carnal Flower is a sexy white tropical floral. It contains the highest amount of natural tuberose found in any fragrance, with other notes listed as bergamot, melon, eucalyptus, ylang ylang, jasmine, orange blossom, coconut, and white musks. The fragrance was inspired by Candace Bergen, who starred in the 1971 movie “Carnal Knowledge” with Jack Nicholson.

Michael Kors IslandMichael Kors Island: I think Michael Kors does an excellent gardenia, and his Island was his first foray into a more tropical feel in 2005. Island’s listed notes include Kuai waterfalls, oxygenated water, Chinese kiwi, honeysuckle, parrot tulip, ginger, rose, white bark, Galapagos driftwood, and rice fields accord. It sounds like too much, but really, this is a simple fragrance and certainly the most commercial on this list. It’s worth a mention because it’s generally easy to find, not overpriced, and more of a “mainstream” fragrance.

Have I missed any? What are your favorite fragrances that evoke the scents of the beach?