One of Duchess Meghan's favourite fragrances is Jo Malone's 'Wood Sage & Sea Salt' cologne. It is an uncommonly fresh yet aromatic scent reminiscent of a sea breeze, with complex and enchanting base notes.
We investigated to find out what makes this unusual and understated fragrance with heart notes of sea salt so intriguing. Meghan is an advocate for well-being, and scent has the power to promote happy feelings. Marine fragrances, sometimes known as oceanic fragrances, can promote an overall sense of tranquillity and freedom as they evoke nostalgic memories of holidays, fresh air and mini-breaks by the sea. Perfect for any time of the year...
It's therefore no surprise this perfume is so loved by Meghan that she keeps it in the regular rotation of her personal fragrances, according to her previous lifetyle blog The Tig.
Duchess Meghan's favourite sea salt perfume
Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt, £54 / $80, Jo Malone London
The subtle base notes of aromatic, woody sage leaves and ambrette seeds that are added to this joyful marine cologne combine to add a hint of fougère. Fougère notes remind us of spending time outdoors in nature. Ambrette seed oil provides a sweet floral musky fragrance creating an undeniable feel-good aura when combined with the sea salt heart notes.
Best sea salt perfumes
Having learned the evocative power and versatility of sea salt and marine fragrances, we were eager to hunt down more of these happy, niche scents to ensure that you won't smell like everyone else:
Maison Margiela's Replica - Sailing Day, £98, Space N.K
The 'Replica' collection's 'Sailing Day' feels like an audible call to sail away and explore the open ocean thanks to its unique aquatic accord. The top notes are "sea notes" with a little aldehyde (for reference Chanel No. 5 is an aldehyde dominant perfume) and there are subtle aromas of coriander. Heart notes include juniper berries, iris and rose which provide the feminine feel with a grounded base of red seaweed and amber wood.
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Hermès Eau des Merveilles Bleue, £50, John Lewis
This delicate and utterly more-ish scent feels sparkly and cooling all at once. The sea notes have a stunning mineral tone and the woody, amber base notes lend the scent longevity. The raw ingredients include not only pebble mineral stones but tart juniper berries, and a final hint of patchouli leaf to provide a dynamic and aromatic layer.
Acqua di Parma
Acqua di Parma's Aqua De Pala Blu Mediterraneo - Mirto di Panarea, £94, Selfridges
The 'Mirto di Panarea' scent from the 'Blu Mediterraneo' collection vividly conjures the feel of the breeze of the Mediterranean Sea with fleeting images of Italian lemon orchards thanks to the citrusy top notes. Basil provides the aromatic intrigue to this scent before opening to the now-familiar sea notes at the heart of this fragrance. Once again, the discreet development of juniper, rose, jasmine and precious woods soften and ground this fragrance.
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Olympéa by Paco Rabanne EDP, £50.50, John Lewis
The original 'Olympea' is described as an amber floral fragrance, however, heart notes of salt and vanilla become so dominant that we had to include this in our list. Sandwiched between light top notes of water jasmine, ginger flower and green mandarin, and base notes consisting of cashmere wood and sandalwood, this perfume is neither sweet, floral nor dry thanks to the masterfully applied sprinkle of salt. This would be a lovely starter fragrance if you are making a cautious foray into the marine fragrance family.
Salvatore Ferragamo Oceani si seta, £65, Ferragamo
Inspired by the vigour and allure of the sea, this salty aquatic perfume is surprisingly floral yet remains a perfect olfactory portrayal of a mysterious underwater paradise. The top note is sea salt, and the heart note is magnolia petals which provide a waxy lemon tinged floral aroma. With hazy base notes of almondy-vanilla heliotrope blossoms, people are bound to ask what you're wearing. The beautiful bottle was inspired by the imaginary worlds of Salvatore Ferragamo's silk creations. It was a limited edition but you can still purchase it directly from Ferragamo online.
The Essence Vault
The Essence Vault, Sea Salt & Fir, £14.95, The Essence Vault
A fresh and exciting scent that brings an aroma of the seaside along with the unusual choice of layering salt as both the opening and base notes. It is anything but linear and is full of surprising additions. Seaspray and citrusy bergamot are what greet your nose initially, but then you encounter heart notes of sage and fir needle overtones. It is the splash of oud to ground it, as opposed to the wood notes other fragrances houses have used that sets this perfume slightly apart from the rest.
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