Aquatic fragrances, also called marine, oceanic or ozonic fragrances, are often found in men’s colognes. On the fragrance wheel, these scents are found between fresh and floral fragrances. They are light, refreshing and give an invigorating, outdoorsy feeling. The fresh accords of salt water evoke the ocean breeze. The notes are young, watery, icy, dewy and airy. They wash over the skin like a clean, cold-water wave. Usually, fans of aquatic fragrances tend to be energetic and sporty. Although these fragrances are most common in colognes for men, they can be unisex. They are particularly well suited for the summer season. So go ahead and hop into the ocean with some of the best aquatic fragrances for men:
Launched in 2008 and created by renowned perfurmer Jacques Cavallier, who also created the classic Aqva Pour Homme, Bvlgari Aqva Marine Pour Homme is an unmistakable marine fragrance. Its turquoise, round bottle is reminiscent of a water drop. It has notes of neroli, grapefruit, posidonia seaweed, rosemary flower, white cedar wood, mandarin, mineral amber, pine needle and zesty grapefruit. It’s perfect for the modern man with a vibrant personality. Bvlgari Aqva Marine is best worn on a hot summer day. It is long-lasting, projects well and leaves a fresh sillage.
Designer James Heeley taught himself how to create perfumes. Sel Marin (French for “sea salt”) is one of his best fragrances to date. The bottle will please fans of a minimalist design. It is classic and elegant. With its notes of musk, cedar, leather, salt, sea water, sea grass, moss, Sicilian bergamot, lemon, vetiver and birch, the scent is perfect for a day at the beach. It is like the ocean in a bottle, light, salty and fresh. The opening is citrus and you can smell the cedar on the dry down. This is a high-end, unisex fragrance, which is well worth the price.Acqua Di Gio, the best-selling cologne by Giorgio Armani, is a brilliant merging of many different scents. Its notes include mandarin orange, jasmine, rosemary, bergamot, lemon, persimmon fruits, nutmeg, mignonette, coriander, violet, freesia, marine notes, peach, hiacynth, rock rose, amber, patchouli, oak moss, cedar and white musk. Like most aquatic fragrances, it is ideal for summer, but is casual enough to be worn at the office. It is light and distinguished; the perfect harmony between sweetness and saltiness. Acqua Di Gio is one of the most popular colognes around and is considered to be one of the best aquatic fragrances for men. ADG is affordable and can be found in most department stores and online retailers.
Introduced in 2006 and created by nose Maurice Roucel, Nautica Voyage is reminiscent of a relaxing, sunny day at sea. Its blend of amber, musk, oak moss, cedar, mimosa, water lotus, green leaves and apple creates a romantic, coastal and woodsy fragrance. The opening is cool and green with its notes of apple and leaves, and the dry down is musky with a subtle hint of cedar. The cologne is long-lasting, has a decent projection and a pleasant sillage, especially in hot weather. The composition is quite the harmonious one. Nautica Voyage is very affordable and has all the qualities of a classic marine scent.Acqua Essenziale was launched in 2013 and designed by famed nose Alberto Morillas, who also created Acqua Di Gio, CK One and many other popular scents. It holds notes of mint, lemon tree leaf, geranium, cascalone, rosemary, lavender, sea salt, patchouli, vetiver, labdanum, grapefruit, mandarin, helvetolide musk and cistus. The verdant, marine fragrance is masculine yet non-offensive. It is moderately long-lasting but affordable and so can be used throughout the day. Its sillage is subtle. The opening is fruity, and the scent settles into a musky dry down. This is a perfect fragrance for a day out in the sun but also wearable at the office. Herrera Aqua made its debut in 2004 and was created by perfumers Carlos Benaim and Jean-Marc Chaillan. It is a serene, clean, fresh and stylish mix of ecclectic scents. The notes are sea mist, bergamot, mandarin orange, fig leaves, bamboo leaves, fragrant lavender, rosemary, cardamom, vetiver, tonka beans, pepper, amber,neroli, and musk. It is versatile and can be worn at the office as well as on a special occasion. It is an attention grabber and turns heads with its sexy sillage. It is long-lasting and will stay powerful throughout the day. The opening is sparkly and citrusy; the heart is floral, and the dry down is musky.
Aquatic fragrances are nice, crisp and refreshing. Perfect for those hot days out on the beach. Let us know your choices on the best aquatic fragrances for men in the comments below!