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Beach-inspired scents that’ll leave you longing for an island holiday

Beach-inspired scents that’ll leave you longing for an island holiday 2

Fragrance can transport you to another place and time, and as the days are becoming a little shorter (and the arrival of winter comes a little closer), we’ve turned to beach-inspired fragrances and fragrances containing typically beachy fragrance notes, to help us soak up the last bit of summer.

If you love the smell of the ocean and are in love with all things tropical (like us!), look out for notes of sea salt, juicy citrus fruits, aquatic notes, coconut and white flowers when doing your next fragrance shop. Florals like frangipani, jasmine and patchouli are particularly popular in summer-y, beach-inspired and tropical scents.

These are the fragrances we have loved wearing this summer – and that continue to remind of us of long lazy days by the seaside.

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Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean Eau de Parfum (100ml – R890.00)

The name says it all – Mediterranean is a gorgeous scent inspired by the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It captures the essence and natural beauty of Capri, Italy, best known for its electric blue ocean. The fragrance notes include:

Top notes: Peach Nectar Sorbet, Sicilian Mandarin, Damask Plum
Middle notes: Radiant Wisteria, Star Magnolia, Madagascar Orchid
Base notes: Addictive Sandalwood, Fluid Skin Musk, Golden Amber Whisper

Radiant and sensual, Mediterranean is refreshing for daytime and captivating at night. It has us dreaming of summer holidays (or even just an afternoon on a yacht!). Plus, how beautiful is the bottle? The colour perfectly captures the aquatic blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Shop online here.

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CHANEL CHANCE Eau Fraîche Eau de Parfum (100ml – R3450.00)

Joyous, lively and sparkling, this beautiful scent by CHANEL is a modern and charming reinterpretation of the iconic CHANEL CHANCE Eau Fraîche Eau de Toilette. CHANCE Eau Fraîche EDP almost magically combines the density of an eau de parfum with the brightness of the eau de toilette. While it’s more intense than the EDT, it retains its freshness, making it the perfect scent for summer. The fragrance notes include:

Top notes: Citron Accord
Middle notes: Jasmine
Base notes: Teak Wood

The spontaneous, lively nature of this fragrance, along with its juicy citrus accord and beautiful notes of jasmine has a definite beachy feel to it. That being said, it’s very elegant, and not as casual as some of the other fragrances we associate with the beach. It’s the kind of scent you can wear for lunch on the beach, as well as to a sophisticated event. Shop online here.

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Jimmy Choo Rose Passion Eau de Parfum (100ml – R1895.00)

If you enjoy tropical scents, you’ll adore Rose Passion. Inspired by the allure of the French Riviera, the fragrance embodies the blue sky reflected into the Mediterranean Sea and the glittering pink coastline you can’t help but fall in love with. Uplifting and exhilarating, Jimmy Choo Rose Passion embodies the optimism of the Jimmy Choo woman.

Top notes: Coconut Water, Frangipani
Middle notes: Orchid, Jasmine
Base notes: Sandalwood, Exotic Vanilla

This is an absolutely addictive scent and the combination of coconut and exotic blooms gives it a tropical edge that will have any beach lover intoxicated. It also doesn’t hurt that the bottle is absolutely gorgeous, inspired by Venetian Murano glass and resembling a beautifully cut pink crystal. Shop online here.

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Jennifer Aniston Beachscape Eau de Parfum (30ml – R580.00)

Jennifer Aniston is known for her love of the beach, and this fragrance really captures the scent of the ocean, the sand and even a hint of sun tan lotion! It’s clean and fresh, and conjures up imagery of lazy days spent on the beach. The fragrance notes include:

Top notes: Sea, Sand
Middle notes: Fruits, Wildflowers
Base notes: Woods

We’ve loved wearing this scent during summer as it captures all the lovely summer holiday feelings. It’s definitely one to add to your collection if you’re a beach lover like us (and Jennifer!). Shop online here.

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DKNY Be Delicious Orchard St Eau de Parfum (100ml – R1999.00)

Technically this is not a beach-inspired scent. In fact, it couldn’t be more urban! Be Delicious Orchard St was inspired by the trendy, feel-good vibes of New York’s eclectic Lower East Side. So why have we included it in this round-up? Because it’s undeniably summery, upbeat and fun, and while it may not be beachy in the traditional sense, it’s the scent our editor wore almost every day of her December beach holiday.

Top notes: Pink Lady Apple, Neon Pink Grapefruit, Black Currant, Pink Pepper
Middle notes: Jasmine Sambac, Orris, Black Raspberry, Pomegranate
Base notes: Leather, Cedarwood, Amber Woods, Edenolide

This fragrance is sunny and uplifting, and the bottle and box design perfectly captures the summer spirit. Shop online here.

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Lionel Richie Hello For Her Eau de Toilette (100ml – R450.00)

This fruity chypre scent is light, elegant and sultry. Filled with white flower fragrance notes synonymous with beach scents (think jasmine, patchouli and tuberose), it’s sweet, lush and welcoming. Plus, it’s really affordable!

Top notes: Pear, Grapefruit, Pink Pepper, Lemon
Middle notes: Jasmine, Tuberose
Base notes: Tonka Bean, Honey, Ambroxan, Patchouli

This fragrance is both refreshing and warm. It’s lovely and light so you can reapply if needed during the day or before heading out for the evening. Shop online here.

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Guess Bella Vita Paradiso Eau de Parfum (100ml – R1399.00)

The third family member of the Guess Bella Vita fragrance family, Paradiso embodies the beauty of the sun-kissed Italian landscape. Inspired by an Italian paradise, this dazzling fragrance radiates a golden allure, transporting you to a dreamy Mediterranean seascape.

Top notes: Italian Mandarin, Pear Blossom, Red Berries
Middle notes: Jasmine, Gardenia, Tuberose
Base notes: Patchouli, Amber, Musk

The perfect companion to the confident and alluring Guess woman, this fragrance offers a delightful fusion of floral and amber notes that result in a scent that’s mysterious and captivating. It’s perfect for an evening drink in a beach bar or an outdoor dinner. Shop online here.

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