As I mentioned in my Perfume Picks for Summer 2013 video, I was slow to warm up to Heeley Sel Marin. It wasn’t that I disliked it, but I didn’t exactly “get” it when I tried it in 2008. It read to me as some nice citrus-cucumber thing made for summer holidays. Keep in mind, I’m from a landlocked state. One of the many reasons I moved was to smell saltwater. Now I never see myself ever living in a landlocked area again…and not just landlocked, I don’t see myself living more than 1-2 miles from saltwater. It pulls me, it calls me. Primordial. When we first moved here, I spent a good two years spending every free moment by the water…breathing in the air, picking up weird stuff from the rocks and trying to identify seaweed with a field guide. The draw was strong.
Sel Marin definitely opens as an aquatic with a mineral citrus (mainly lemon) with a cucumber coolness. It smells like “spa” water – you know, that cucumber, lemon and mint infused ice water. Refreshing. I pick up a funk with kappa maki and pickled ginger. Sel Marin has captured the brightness of blue skies or turquoise tinged water and then it changes. It becomes darker and gets brine-y, lots of salt with slimy seaweed. Smoky, salty vetiver over mineral woods. Leathery clams. It’s lack gray, dulled driftwood or a low, lingering fog. Sel Marin pulls me in and gives me that sense of being that gazing out into rolling waves gives me.
This picture of mine from the Washington coast perfectly shows what HEELEY Sel Marin smells like.
Notes listed include lemon, Sicilian bergamot, sea salt, seaweed, vetiver, birch and cedar. Launched 2008.
Give Sel Marin a try if you like salty fragrances or if you are looking for an excellent aquatic. Give Sel Marin a try if you like perfumes like Anu Essentials Seascape, DSH Perfumes La Plage, Demeter Sushi, CB I Hate Perfume Mr. Hulot’s Holiday and /or Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme. Sel Marin is unisex.
Projection and longevity are average. I like to wear this one in warmer weather.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $180 at MiN NY. The cost is my only compliant about this scent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – The best marine/aquatic. It captures the exaggerated contrasts of brightness/dullness of saltwater. It’s more than a “piece”. It’s wearable art.
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