Something you should know about me: I am a big fan of skin scents, especially ‘beachy’ ones. Warm skin, ocean air, sea salt, hints of tanning lotion or sunscreen… I wear these scents all year, but they see more action in the summer months (no surprise there). Here are the four I’ve been gravitating toward this season:
Estée Lauder ‘Bronze Goddess‘ – Notes: Amber, Coconut Milk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver, Myrrh, Juicy Mandarin, Sicilian Bergamot, Lemon, Pulpy Orange, Tiare Flower, Jasmine, Magnolia Petals, Orange Flower Buds, Lavender.
Before buying it earlier this year, I hadn’t wore Bronze Goddess in quite a while. I am definitely happy to have it back in the rotation. When the perfume is first applied the top citrus notes hit hard, but only a few minutes later the florals soften it up, with the warming woods and resins coming in not long after the florals. It’s not a tanning lotion scent really, so if that’s what you’re after I’d choose something different.
Apart from the initial application, Bronze Goddess isn’t overpowering, though the projection isn’t as subtle as other skin scents. Also, the longevity is okay; I’d say I get about 3-4 hours of wear before having to reapply.
Oddly, Bronze Goddess reminds me of a perfume I used to wear over 10 years ago, Lancôme’s Miracle. They share a heart of magnolia and jasmine, as well as a base of amber, so perhaps that’s the connection?
Bobbi Brown ‘Beach‘ – Notes: Sand, Jasmine, Sea Spray, Mandarin.
This is one to go for if you’re looking for a tanning lotion scent. Very strong when it’s put on initially, but quickly dies down. The scent stays the same for me, but the intensity drops. It reminds me of how you smell when you’ve been on the beach all day, with warm skin that has been slathered in sunscreen. My nose doesn’t catch the sea spray, or even the sand, really… but I wear it for the tanning lotion scent, not for a true marine/aquatic ocean scent.
I’d say the projection on this fragrance is somewhat similar to Bronze Goddess, but the longevity is better. I don’t find myself needing to reapply until 5+ hours later.
Maison Martin Margiela ‘Beach Walk‘ – Notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin.
Beach Walk is another tanning lotion scent, but it’s different enough from Beach that I felt it was worth buying the rollerball, at least. When I first roll it on I get the tanning lotion scent I want, but this fragrance actually has the salty ocean air element that’s missing in Beach. As it dries down, the florals and musk become more prominent.
On me, Beach Walk stays closer to the skin than the others in this post. It also seems to last a bit longer, around 6 hours.
Kate Spade ‘Live Colorfully‘ – Notes: Mandarin, Pink Water Lily, Star Anise, Golden Gardenia, Tiaré Flower, Coconut Water, Sheer Amber, Musk, Tahitian Vanilla.
I don’t think this perfume is meant to be beachy, but it certainly comes across that way for me. There are many shared notes when you compare Live Colorfully to the others I’ve mentioned, such as mandarin, tiare flower, coconut, amber, musk, and vanilla. There’s no tanning lotion / sunscreen scent, but the notes evoke a sort of tropical, floral feeling. The gardenia is a heavy hitter, so that’s something to keep in mind, depending on your preferences.
If you’re the type of person who wears their fragrances to match a season, I think Live Colorfully is a great late spring / early summer scent. The projection isn’t overpowering and it has great staying power (6-7 hours).
I’d also like to give a mention to At the Beach 1966 from CB I Hate Perfume. The scent is Coppertone suntan lotion from the 1960s paired with ‘North Atlantic’ (an accord created just for this perfume with notes of “wet sand, seashell, driftwood and just a hint of boardwalk”). The result is probably my favorite beach scent of all time. I’m completely out at the moment, and need to remedy the issue soon.
Are you a fan of beachy perfumes? Any favorites I need to try? Let me know in the comments!