Prada Luna, Jimmy Choo, Issey Miyake and more scents for a perfect beach getaway this summer

Effervescent and equally calming, they are the epitome of that famous adage: Life’s a beach! And even if you are unlikely to make time for a beach holiday this year, these scents can transport you to your favourite destination, albeit momentarily

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon Rs 6,500/100ml

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon

Whether you’re setting sail or snorkeling you can use a boost of fresh energy. Prada’s Luna Rossa line of scents has sought inspiration from Luna Rossa, Prada’s successful sailing team. This version features a host of zesty notes like bergamot and black pepper.

Jimmy Choo Man Blue Rs 5,700/100 ml

Jimmy Choo Man Blue

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Jimmy Choo’s Man fragrance line almost since we reviewed the first edition in 2015. Last year’s Ice edition was evidence that Jimmy Choo has got its men’s fragrance's strategy right, and Blue, the latest flanker, hits the right notes. It’s more than just the stellar packaging — Jimmy Choo usually aces its packaging, and this scent is no exception. 

Jimmy Choo Man’s signature hip flask is reimagined with a gradient pattern that swings from midnight blue to a transparent blue tint. The cap features the emblematic Jimmy Choo embossed crocodile leather in deep blue. These same contrasts define the scent that embodies the modern multi-faceted gentleman. The opening notes bring together lavender, black pepper and the freshness of bergamot along with the aromas of clary sage. 

This interplay continues through the rest of the fragrance where everything from leather to vetiver to sandalwood and vanilla are in the mix. Jimmy Choo Man Blue is not just a complex scent but also one that lasts surprisingly long for a fresh fragrance. It’s just what you’ll need for sundowners at the beach bar and the never-ending beach party thereafter.

YSL Y Men EDP Rs 8,000 /150 ml

YSL Y Men EDP

A darker bottle, a more intensive and equally seductive version of YSL’s Y Men. This is the perfect evening summer scent for the beach or a day in the office when you dream of escaping to the beach.  The high energy opening notes feature the freshness of bergamot and apple with spicy ginger.

Issey Miyake L'Eau Super Majeure d'Issey 

Two master perfumers — Aurelien Guichard and Fabrice Pellegrin — come together to craft a fragrance inspired by sea salt and sun-bleached wood. Sea salt and marine accords dominate this cool juice packed in a glass bottle with a gradient of blue. 

Dolce & Gabbana The One Grey Rs 6,200/100ml

Dolce & Gabbana The One Grey

Kit Harrington is back to front the latest flanker of The One by Dolce & Gabbana, an elegant citrusy, aromatic, woody scent in a frosted icy blue flask. The scent opens with cardamom and the bitter citrus notes of grapefruit  before finishing with tobacco and mild grey woods. Light and soothing for the summer

Acqua di Gio Absolu — Giorgio Armani for Men Rs 5,500 /75ml

Acqua di Gio Absolu — Giorgio Armani for Men

Giorgio Armani’s latest scent emphasises the very essence of water and its essential role in the natural world. Back in the 1990s when Armani first unveiled Acqua di Gio, we hadn’t played out future scary scenarios of fresh water. It was a different world then and fragrances were headier and stronger. It’s why this aquatic fragrance stood out and set the template for a fragrance line that Giorgio Armani kept building on. 

Alberto Morillas who created Acqua di Gio is the nose behind this new scent. It’s the same elegant bottle with a light makeover. This one’s crowned with a wooden cap that’s actually made from ash and lacquered. The cap also makes a subtle connection with the woody undertones of Absolu. You will love the opening notes of this scent that combine fresh and citrus fruits like grapefruit, lemon and bergamot with the sea notes that define this scent. 

Acqua di Gio Absolu features a floral heart dominated by lavender and a hint of rosemary. The woody base notes lend a touch of intensity at the end with tonka bean. It all makes up for a fragrance that’s not just easy to wear, but one that lasts quite long on your skin even as you soak up the sun in the pool deck or the beach. Some flankers can go wrong but Armani’s latest interpretation of one of the best-selling scents of all time is a welcome detour.

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