10 Beach-Inspired Scents To Try If You Can't Wait For Summer

by Miki Hayes
Shot of a young african american smiling woman spending the day at the beach in summer
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Now that it's spring, the countdown to summer has officially begun. And if you've already started imagining yourself stretched out on a remote beach somewhere, a beachy, summer scent can help complete the fantasy. (A fun drink with one of those little cocktail umbrellas doesn't hurt either.) After all, they say smell is the sense most closely linked to memory. So if you need a tropical vacation— even if it's just in your mind, a perfume that smells like coconut, salty air, and suntan lotion is just the ticket.

And hey, you're in luck. Whether you prefer a light veil of scent in the form of a body spray, or a concentrated scent in the form of a parfum, plenty of brands have got you covered (and at a range of price points). So if ice cream cones, bike rides, sea shells, and sand between your toes are a few of your favorite things, get ready to say hello to your new, number-one spring and summer scent. Here are 10 beach-inspired mists and perfumes you'll want to try (and maybe bathe in) ASAP. You know, so you can instantly transport yourself to paradise with just a spritz.

1. Like A Saltwater Breeze

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At the Beach Fine Fragrance Mist, $7, Bath and Body Works

With notes of palm leaves, coconut water, and salty amber, this body mist leaves skin refreshed, conditioned, and gently smelling like the beach.

2. Like Rio de Janeiro

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Sol de Janeiro Brazillian Crush Body Fragrance Mist, $32, Sephora

This long-lasting mist smells of pistachio and salted caramel for a sweet, summery scent.

3. Like A South Pacific Beach

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Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco, $36, Sephora

Notes of coconut milk, heliotrope, and Tahitian vanilla will instantly transport your senses to a tropical beach.

4. Like A Summer Surf

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Philosophy Pure Grace Summer Surf, $48, Sephora

With notes of sea spray accord and tiare, you'll feel like you're splashing in the surf of your favorite beach.

5. Like A Tropical Paradise

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Escada Agua Del Sol, $62, Sephora

Spritzing this mandarin, apricot nectar, and sandalwood scent will impart feelings of warmth and relaxation.

6. Like The Mediterranean Sun

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Giorgio Armani Beauty Sun di Gioia, $72, Sephora

Envelop your skin with a warm yet salty scent thanks to the notes of marine accord, Arabian jasmine, and coconut milk.

7. Like Salty Skin

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Bobbi Brown Beach, $76, Sephora

This classic, beachy fragrance evokes nostalgic scents of suntan lotion and warm, summer days with its notes of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.

8. Like Ipanema Beach

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L'Artisan Parfumeur Batucada, $95, Sephora

The summer vacation feels will come rushing once you smell this blend of lime, mint, tiare flower, and sandalwood.

9. Like Sun-Kissed Skin

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Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk, $126, Nordstrom

Coconut milk, pink pepper, lemon, and musk will instantly call breezy strolls along the beach to mind.

10. Like A Private Island

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Tom Ford Soleil Blanc, $225, Nordstrom

Easily imagine yourself on a luxurious, private island with this perfume that has intoxicating notes of pistachio accord, ylang ylang, and coco de mer accord.

Because even if you can't physically be on the beach, your scent can still take you there.