I have an indescribable desire for the ocean. When I was a child there was nothing more beautiful than seeing the dazzling sea after a long journey. There are perfumes that reveal exactly what you are longing for. The ocean is an inspiration for a lot of scents that I would like to introduce to you. Here the first five oceans in a bottle.
Profumi del Forte: Tirrenico
Tirrenico is the Italian name for the Tyrrhenian Sea with its rocky coastal landscape. The smell of wet algae on sun-drenched rocks mixed with a cool, salty sea breeze. Tirrenico is one of the most beautiful perfumes that were inspired by the ocean – a wild beauty with windswept hair. The scent is made of highest quality ingredients and leaves a soft shimmer on your skin. Perfect for hot summer days.
Micallef: Black Sea
Black Sea is an alluring, warm and pleasantly aromatic scent, a metaphor for the goods that are transported over the ocean. Aboard the ship noble treasures like saffron, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, sandalwood, guaiac wood and cedar wood. In combination with a salty sea breeze, cypresses and a wonderful leather note. Originally created as a men’s perfume I fell in love with Black Sea on ‘first smell’. The scent is dark and soft like the silent ocean on a balmy summer night. Do you remember the R.E.M. song Nightswimming? If not click here – it’s so beautiful!
CB I hate perfume: At the beach 1966
At the beach 1966 is a flashback to the beach of childhood vacations, Christopher Brosius‘ childhood, I suppose. 1966 was before my time. I don’t know the smell of 1960s Coppertone sunscreen but the sunscreen of my childhood seems to smell alike – the German Delial sun lotion. I love At the beach 1966 because it evokes images of sandcastles, seashells and the ocean – nearly endless days. In the evening we were the last ones at the beach and went directly to dinner – tired and hungry from the wind and sun, our shoes full of sand, skin and hair sticky from salt water and sunscreen. I want to thank Christopher Brosius for bringing back these memories.
Parfumerie Générale: Harmatan Noir N°11
Harmatan Noir is named after a hot, dry wind in Africa, that blows large amounts of dust from the Sahara over the Atlantic Ocean. This elixir is a dry, yet fresh greeting from the desert. The perfume reminds me of freshly brewed mint tea with green tea and lemon like they serve it in the Maghreb – but with a light menthol note. Jasmine, patchouli and woody notes give a certain depth to the scent. Harmatan Noir is the starry sky above the ocean – cool, spicy and refreshing with a hint of sand. Merci Pierre, it’s wonderful!
Sandflowers is one of my personal favorites. It smells like holidays and you can recall summer in a split-second. If you close your eyes you can even smell the warm sand. Calone, juniper berries and mint reveal a fresh yet spicy sea breeze. Sandalwood gives a touch of sweetness and oak moss a contrasting coolness. When I went to a bar during wintertime the waitress was completely confused… she asked me what I was wearing because for her it suddenly smelled like summer even though there was snow falling outside the window.