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You can check one thing off of your packing list: Whether you're hosting a tropical destination wedding or jetting off to somewhere exotic for your honeymoon, we found nine summery scents fit for the beach-bound bride.
The Scent: Sisley Eau Tropicale, $102
Why we love it: Inspired by a bursting-to-the-seams tropical forest, this intoxicating brew is infused with bushels of flowers — hibiscus, frangipani, tuberose — on a spicy base of ginger and patchouli. And it lingers on your skin for hours — ideal for those endless, sunset-to-midnight island evenings.
The Scent: Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey, $74
Why we love it: Like Nirvana and flannel shirts, this addictive scent was a massive hit when it debuted in the '90s, and it's still going strong. With water as its central theme, it's all about floral-y freshness. That means lotus, freesia, white lilies, and carnations, sprinkled with a dash of amber seed.
The scent: Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua, $74
Why we love it: Billed as an "aquatic floral," this fresh-but-girly take on Eternity is laced with white flowers (magnolia, gardenia and jasmine), and dries down to a sexy base of "sundrenched" woods.
The scent: Hermes Hermessence Epice Marine, $240
Why we love it: Translated from French, the name of this unspeakably pretty perfume — Epice Marine — means "spicy ocean." A collaboration between a famous perfumer and a renowned chef, it boasts cinnamon, cardamom, and cumin alongside lime and bitter orange. Seaweed, too, for that extra dose of ocean.
The scent: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis, $175
Why we love it: So European! Crafted by a legendary Paris-based perfumer, this chic concoction gets its citrus-y zest from Sicilian cedrat (think: a close cousin to lemons) and Calabrian bergamot (think: a close cousin to oranges). What makes it beachy? Lily of the valley, and a soupçon of musky notes. Bonus: It's unisex, so your new hubby can wear it too.
The scent: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Aqua Motu, $85
Why we love it: Sand, sea grass, and dash of salt — these are just a few of the oceanic ingredients in this much-beloved brew. Lily of the valley spins it in fresh, feminine direction.
The scent: Escada Born in Paradise, $59
Why we love it: Break out the pina coladas! Built around heart notes of coconut milk and pineapple, this fresh, fruity number takes its cues from the much-beloved umbrella drink. Adding a little extra kick are splashes of green apple, watermelon and guava, all anchored by sexy sandalwood. Yum.
The scent: Maison Martin Margiela Replica Beach Walk, $110
Why we love it: There's so much to love about this ocean-y stroll down memory lane by Martin Margiela, one of fashion's most reclusive, enigmatic designers. Yes, the bottle's gorgeous. But the scent (a blend of lemon, pink pepper, musk and coconut milk) is pretty great, too.
The Scent: Bobbi Brown Beach Fragrance, $70
Why we love it: Named for her favorite place on the planet, Bobbi Brown's Beach scent is a cult classic. Amid whiffs of "driftwood" and "sea spray" is the essence of Dianthus dune flower, a wild bloom hailing from the Brittany coast of France.