Ocean’s 11 Home fragrance inspired by beach and sea salt scents
Why do we love sea salt scents so much? It could be that we are simply in awe of the sea. After all, the sea isn’t just an abundance of blueness and home to a hugely diverse collection of creatures, it smoothes jagged edges and reduces rock and sea shells to sand and grains. Tidal force has the power to stimulate minds, hearts, and souls with a rhythmic movement that advances and retreats. Waves are a connection to meditation and the diminishment of chaotic thoughts while wild storm waves drown out the voices in our head. We are reminded that there is a time to think and a time not to over-think.
Oceans are as wildly unpredictable as much as each one can be a vastness of mirrored glass. The sea unleashes our desire to paddle, swim, splash, and float but it also has the beguiling power to use riptide strength to sweep us off our feet with an indifference to our survival. We can survive, however, if we choose not to fight and thrash against the current. The water will wash us out to sea but it has no intention of pulling us under.
We’re told that panicked actions lead to our own exhaustion; therefore, we can not succumb to this fate. Instead, we can strive for calmness of mind and swim parallel to the shore. We will escape the current’s ferocious pull eventually because we will refuse to give up. This is what water teaches us: there is nothing quite like an ocean to remind us how small we are in the universe, yet how much power we possess when we are utterly determined to succeed.
Take the ocean home with you with these 11 successful sea-inspired scents:
Fresh blue and white stripes kickstart the nautical theme while jaunty notes of Seasalt and woodiness bring the ocean home. Gentle notes of Muguet and Musk make a great finish. Gorgeous unisex scent that works beautifully in a bathroom.
Stylish pared-down design from French fashion house Maison Margiela, which is now under the creative direction of John Galliano. This candle captures the scent of sun-kissed salty skin. The Beach Walk candle contains notes of Bergamot, Lemon, Pink Pepper and Ylang Ylang, evoking hints of ocean spray.
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” Isak Dinesen
You can almost feel the sand between your toes. Notes of California driftwood, sea salt and shore brush capture the ocean’s spirit. P.S: If you’re looking for a good book to read while curled up by candlelight, let us recommend Salt On Our Skin by Benoite Groult.
There’s something about this candle that captures a vintage Hollywood beach scene. Think about Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling around on the sand in From Here to Eternity (1953). Parisian brand Maison La Bougie’s scent is all about the beach scene: coconut tanning oil, hot sun-drenched skin, baking sand and salty clean air.
This bright ocean-blue bottle brings a pop of colour to the room while the fresh sea breeze scent blows away the cobwebs – a gorgeous fragrance to perk up tired interiors. Floral notes and Musk add to the charm.
Great wave-crashing notes of Ambrette Seeds, Sea Salt, and Sage, this candle sums up coastal ruggedness and a windswept scene. It successfully mixes a mineral sea-salt scent with driftwood earthiness and depth. Fresh, natural and great outdoorsy addition to any room in the home.
Bring the coastlines of Scandinavia closer to home and embrace three seas (North Atlantic, Baltic and Arctic) in one candle. Hav, Nordic for “sea”, is always going to be a fresh and uplifting fragrance. This one is just that: infused with notes of flora, driftwood, sea froth and fresh air. It’s hand-poured into a painted glass votive and covered by a beechwood lid. We do like a lid on a candle – neat and practical, it stops dust settling on the surface.
Created by soap guru Kate Smith, this candle is further proof that Smith knows scent alchemy incredibly well. This refreshing fragrance is subtle, not overwhelming, and embraces the beach with a serene saltiness that’s both invigorating and relaxing – just like a day at the seaside should be.
The fresh mix of Watermelon, Cedar Wood and Amber Musk releases cool maritime saltiness into the home. Its blue glass design is a nod to the deepest oceans and is a slick addition to the home office or a room that champions understated style.
Okay, so it stretches the purse strings somewhat but can you put a price on desire? Not really, not when Fornasetti produces such covetable accessories for the home. This striking sardine-design statement piece looks as good as it smells. The fragrance features top notes of Thyme and Lavender, an Orris and Cedarwood middle, and a base of Balsam, Incense, Birch and Labdanum. Start saving now.
Ralph Lauren continues to steam ahead with stylishness and success – he received the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award 2016 from the British Fashion Council. This candle captures the designer’s classic sophistication that has such far reach and appeal. Discover notes of Green Ozone, Water Fruits, White Floral and Moss. There’s a glorious windswept luxuriousness to the fragrance, too.
This post is an updated version of our “Home fragrance inspired by sea salt, driftwood and the power of water” feature that first appeared on 24th May 2016.