13 Best Aquatic Fragrances To Smell Great

In the late 80’s and throughout the 1990’s, aquatic fragrances dominated the perfume market. Some legendary colognes were launched during this time, and the bulk of them were in the aquatic category. Cool Water by Davidoff was a staple fragrance in many men’s collections, and it helped to inspire so many other aquatic colognes and perfume. There are so many great colognes that smell like the ocean.

Aquatic scents are one of the most prominent styles out there now.

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Our Aquatic Cologne Top Picks

Best Overall Aquatic Cologne: L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme

Best Aquatic Niche Fragrance: Creed Erolfa

Best Budget Aquatic Cologne: Nautica Voyage

Best Overall Aquatic Fragrance

1. L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Issey Miyake

Leau-Dissey-pour-homme

When To Wear: Anytime
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Woody Aquatic
Pros: Extremely Versatile, Pulls Compliments, Affordable
Cons: A lot of copycat fragrances similar to it

L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is one of the best smelling aquatic fragrances available. It is categorized as a woody aquatic fragrance, and it was released in 1994. While it does not have marine notes, it is dominated by citrus and fresh florals like Yuzu. The aroma when you spray this is pure zesty freshness due to the citrus accords which is balanced by some woody notes, and musk is fairly prevalent.

This aquatic fragrance is best for warm weather when you need a simple choice to reach for when you want to feel uplifted and fresh. I like it when I am in a mood for citrus freshness. This fragrance can be worn at the office, on a date, casual events or formal settings.

This is in our top spot because it is easy to like, it is versatile, and it is not expensive.

This fragrance can be picked up at FragranceX or Amazon. They both have great prices, and you may be able to get it at FragranceX for a lower cost because they usually have multiple size options.

Take a look at our L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme review for more information.

Top NotesYuzu, Lemon, Calone
Middle NotesLotus, Nutmeg, Cinnamon
Base NotesVetiver, Musk, Cedar

2. Nautica Voyage

Nautica Voyage 100 ml bottle

When To Wear: Summer
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Woody Aquatic
Pros: Low cost, easy to wear
Cons: Does not last long

Nautica Voyage is a cheap aquatic cologne that is very affordable. One of the newer fragrances on our list, this scent came out in 2006, and it is categorized as a woody aquatic. The scent is described as a fresh and salty sea breeze with coastal herbs and woods.

Upon spraying this cologne, I smell citrus and green accords. Specifically, notes of apple are prominent. I am then met with scent of lily and fresh aquatics. The base notes are woods and amber and they balance out the scent well. This is a great smelling fragrance, and it cannot be beat for the low cost.

This is a great choice for guys who are new to fragrances and colognes because it is easy to get, low cost, and it is a crowd pleaser. There is nothing risky about this scent, and if you are looking for a marine scented cologne, then you should get a bottle of Nautica Voyage.

For more information, you can read our full Nautica Voyage review.

The price on this is too low to not get if you love aquatic fragrances.

Top NotesApple, Greens
Middle NotesLotus, Mimosa
Base NotesMusk, Cedar, Amber, Oakmoss

3. Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue Intense For Men

Dolce Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense

When To Wear: Summer months
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Woody Aquatic
Pros: Very fresh scent
Cons: Unpleasant dry down to some

Light Blue Intense Pour Homme is one of the newest fragrances on our list. While most marine scented aquatics were released in the 90’s, this fragrance came out in 2017. It has a simple note profile, but it smells great and fresh.

Upon spraying this Eau de Parfum, I am greeted with the standard blast of citrus that you would expect. The scent develops into a sexy, masculine fresh smelling marine fragrance. Give this fragrance some time to develop, and you will love it.

Dolce Gabbana Light Blue Intense is best for summer weather. This is fresh, and very salty, and women seem to love how this smells on a man. This is a compliment getter for sure.

There are complaints of an unpleasant egg smell from a lot of guys. I do not smell it though. This may be one that you test in a department store first.

Top NotesOrange, Grapefruit
Middle NotesSea Water, Juniper
Base NotesAmberwood, Musk

4. Creed Erolfa

Creed Erolfa Eau de Parum

When To Wear: Anytime
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Chypre
Pros: Niche fragrance
Cons: Expensive, light scent

Creed Erolfa is a great aquatic fragrance. This scent was inspired by the Creed family sailing through the Mediterranean inspired by the notes of the high seas. This fragrance has the standard aquatic notes of citrus accords, spices, musk, and woods. We also have a full review of Creed Erolfa if you want to learn more.

What sets Erolfa apart from other aquatic fragrances is the scent comes off more masculine, mature, and classic. I think it is more refined, but it still has the aquatic vibe that the lower cost options have. For some, the price point may be too high, but there are plenty of other great fragrances on our list at a lower price point. For fans of aquatics and the House Of Creed, then this is a must try fragrance.

The elegance of this comes from a blast of fresh citrus notes, melons, and followed by salty marine notes with an ambergris dry down. This is similar to Creed’s MI.

Someone looking for a mature, classic niche aquatic fragrance. This fragrance, like the others, works great in warmer weather when you want to feel fresh and invigorated.

Top NotesLime, Bergamot, Greens, Melon
Middle NotesCyclamen, Jasmine, Ginger, Pepper
Base NotesAmbergris, Sandalwood, Musk, Cedar, Oakmoss

5. Aqua Di Gio by Dolce & Gabanna

Acqua Di Gio For Men

When To Wear: Anytime
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Aromatic Aquatic
Pros: Popular, great opening
Cons: A lot of people wear it

Aqua Di Gio is an aquatic fragrance that was inspired by an island in Italy. It reminds me of a sunny day near the beach with marine notes of sea salt spray. It is a classic, fresh, citrus aquatic cologne that has been popular since the mid 90’s during the boom of aquatic style scents.

If you did not know, this is the best selling cologne ever.

The scent is casual, faint, oceanic, fresh, bitter, refreshing, and versatile. It is one of the most popular aquatic fragrances of the last 30 years, and it still works today.

For further information, we have a Acqua Di Gio For Men Review here.

This is a great smelling casual aquatic fragrance that will garner compliments from the ladies. This wears close to the skin, so if you do not want to command attention when you walk into a room, this is a solid choice for you. This is a versatile fragrance that works about anywhere.

Top NotesLime, Lemon, Bergamot
Middle NotesSea Notes, Calone, Jasmine, Cyclamen
Base NotesAmber, Musk, Oakmoss

6. Acqua Di Gio Profumo Cologne

Acqua Di Gio Profumo

When To Wear: Formal events in warm weather, office
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Aromatic Aquatic
Pros: Modern version of Acqua Di Gio
Cons: Sharp opening notes

Profumo is a recent follow up to the popular aquatic fragrance, Acqua Di Gio that was released in the 90’s. Profumo is a modern take on this classic while still maintaining the dominant marine accord. The note profile is simple, yet elegant featuring scents of sea notes, bergamot, rosemary, patchouli, and incense. This is a richer version of the classic, and it smells fantastic.

The patchouli and incense notes bring a more dark and rich vibe to this aquatic. While is still smells like the ocean, it has added depth that does not come out in the other frags on our list. If you are a fan of the original, and you have not worn that one in a while, then grab a bottle of this newer release, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

This aquatic fragrance is good for any season, and it is a easy reach for when you are not sure what to wear. This will stand up at a formal event, a wedding, and it will also work great for casual wear. It smells great and is inoffensive.

Top NotesBergamot, Sea
Middle NotesRosemary, Sage, Geranium
Base NotesIncense, Patchouli
Davidoff Cool Water cologne

When To Wear: Anytime
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Aromatic Aquatic
Pros: Inexpensive, versatile
Cons: Can smell a bit dated, too many clones of Green Irish Tweed

Cool Water is a timeless classic aquatic fragrance. This was one of the earlier releases that came out in 1988, and it helped to inspire the aquatic accords that dominated the 90’s. When you spray this cologne, you will smell a fresh blast of ocean spray, lavender, and some mint.

If you have never smelled this aquatic, or owned a bottle of this, then you should really try to find a bottle. If you are a fragrance collector, then you should at least sample this iconic scent. It isn’t the best aquatic fragrance on our list, but it should be tried by every man who loves this style.

Cool Water is a great casual fragrance that can be worn for most any occasion. You will smell nice to both men and women, and frag heads will certainly know what you are wearing. The aroma is timeless, and if you do not have this aquatic fragrance in your collection, you should grab a bottle.

Top NotesSea Water, Lavender, Mint, Greens
Middle NotesNeroli, Sandalwood, Jasmine
Base NotesMusk, Tobacco, Oakmoss

8. Bvlagri Aqva Marine Pour Homme

Bvlgari Aqua Marine Pour Homme

When To Wear: Summer
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Aromatic Aquatic
Pros: Fresh aquatic and unique
Cons: Too salty and marine for some guys

Everything about Bvlgari Aqua Pour Homme is aquatic. From the name, the scent, the color, and the bottle. This fragrance was designed to embrace the freshness of the ocean. The note profile is what you would expect from an aquatic.

Upon spraying this fragrance, I am met with smells of seaweed, salt air, ocean water, fresh citrus, and warm woods. The marine notes stay linear throughout. The notes of seaweed seem to set this fragrance apart from most of the other aquatics. This will remind you of walking on a beach due to its overly “marine” composition.

Bvlgari Aqua is great for summer days or warmer weather where you want to smell fresh and oceanic.

Top NotesNeroli, Grapefruit, Orange
Middle NotesWater, Seaweed
Base NotesAmber, Cedar

9. Millesime Imperial Cologne by Creed

Millesime-Imperial by Creed

When To Wear: Formal events, Casual wear
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Woody Floral Musk
Pros: Gorgeous scent,
Cons: Expensive, several clones available

This marine scented cologne was inspired by the seaside landscape of Sicily. The notes are fruits, sea salt, citrus, ocean, musk, and woods. This is a romantic unisex fragrance.

The opening is not harsh and marine, but it is faint and well rounded with notes of citrus, florals, and woods. The salty notes seem to linger in the background of the citrus, florals, and woods. This is overall a faint, pleasing, woody floral marine scented cologne. It smells great, and it

This aquatic will work great for spring and summer as well as any indoor environment. It is a soft scent that wears close to the skin, so it is not a projection monster by any means. This allows you to smell nice and discreet at the same time.

Top NotesFruit, Sea Salt
Middle NotesLemon, Bergamot, Iris
Base NotesSea Notes, Musk, Woods

10. Creed Virgin Island Water

Creed Virgin Island Water

When To Wear: Summer months, special events
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Woody Aquatic
Pros: Unique tropical scent
Cons: Expensive, not versatile

Virgin Island Water by Creed is a great fragrance to remind you of the beach and ocean life. While it doesn’t have notes of sea water or salt air, this fragrance was inspired by a sailing trip in the Caribbean. This is a celebration of exotic and tropical scents.

If you could bottle the scent of a Jamaican beach, then this is it. This fragrance has notes of rum, coconut, citrus, sugar cane, hibiscus, and musk. It is a blast of fresh lime and coconut mixed with florals, fresh citrus, and woods.

For me, this is a unique fragrance that does not have a lot of versatility. I only wear this during certain times in the summer. For such a high price, this can be an issue.

This beachy fragrance is great for summer wear and hot weather. FragranceX usually has the best price for this fragrance.

Top NotesCoconut, Lime, Citrus
Middle NotesGinger, Ylang-Ylang
Base NotesSugar Cane, Musk, Rum

11. Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts Cologne

Tommy Bahama St. Barts cologne

When To Wear: Summer
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Woody Aquatic
Pros: Inexpensive, great for summer vacations
Cons: Very light and does not last long

Tommy Bahama St. Barts is a great budget aquatic fragrance. This cologne features all the “island” notes like tequila, lime, agave, sea, salt, greens, palms, vanilla, and musk. The scent is a citrus, boozy, and beachy fragrance.

When you spray it, tart juicy lime notes are prominent. Once you hit the base notes, then you will smell a soft vanilla musk. It does not last long, but it smells great for 2 to 4 hours. We have a Tommy Bahama St. Barts cologne review here.

This beachy fragrance is compared to Virgin Island Water by Creed a lot, and while they do not really smell alike, the idea behind the fragrances seems to be the same. This smells like a margarita on the beach.

If you want to hang out with some friends and drink some cocktails in the summer, that is what this fragrance is for. This is a great vacation fragrance as well. Great entry into fragrances because this smells nice, is inoffensive, and you can get it at a low cost from FragranceX. Amazon carries it, but costs a bit more there. If you are looking for a low cost fragrance for the summer, then this is a great choice.

Top NotesLime, Tequila, Sea Notes, Agave
Middle NotesSalt, Guava, Greens
Base NotesPalm, Musk, Vanille

12. Polo Ultra Blue by Ralph Lauren

Polo Ultra Blue cologne spray

When To Wear: During warmer weather
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Aromatic
Pros: Unique, crowd pleasing
Cons: Does not last long, low projection

Polo Ultra Blue is a soft musky aquatic fragrance. This scent by Ralph Lauren uses salty mineral notes to mix with a base of woods and musk. While the marine notes are not the dominant player, they play a vital role in the overall scent composition.

Upon spraying this fragrance, I smell lemon verbena which gives an herbal and citrus opening. It becomes spicy and green with some sea salt and minerals mixed in. It dries down to a musky, slightly salty, woody fragrance.

This is a great versatile fragrance that can be worn almost anywhere during the summer months. If you are a fan of the Polo brand and aquatics, then you should consider getting a bottle of Ultra Blue. The downside is the lack of staying power and projection.

Top NotesCitrus, Basil
Middle NotesMineral, Ambertonic
Base NotesSalt, Musk, Woods

13. Invictus Aqua By Paco Rabanne

Invictus Aqua Cologne 1

When To Wear: Office or outdoors
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Fragrance Family: Woody Aquatic
Pros: Easy to wear, great for beginners
Cons: Does not project strongly, not unique

This woody aquatic has top notes of grapefruit and violet, followed by sea notes, woods, and amber. This is a very pleasing and soft fragrance that works great as a casual warmer weather scent.

Invictus Aqua smells like a soft ocean breeze with citrus, florals, and woody notes. This does not have a harsh opening of marine scents that some of these fragrances have. This wears close to the skin, and it is an easy going scent. It has an airy, pleasant, and soft vibe going on.

This is a soft, and relaxing fragrance. This is a great choice for someone who wants to smell nice, but does not want to project a room.

Top NotesGrapefruit, Violet
Middle NotesSea Notes, Rosewood
Base NotesAmbergris, Amberwood

Comparison Table

CologneOccasionConcentrationLongevityProjectionPriceRelease Year
L’Eau d’Issey Pour HommeAnyEau de Toilette6-8 hoursModerate$$1994
Nautica VoyageSummerEau de Toilette6 hoursLight$2006
D&G Light Blue IntenseHot weatherEau de Parfum6-8 hoursModerate$$2017
Creed ErolfaAnyEau de Parfum6 hoursLight -Moderate$$$1992
Acqua Di GioAnytimeEau de Toilette5-6 hoursModerate$$1996
ADG ProfumoSummer FormalEau de Parfum8+ hoursModerate$$2015
Davidoff CoolwaterSummer NightsEau de Toilette8 hoursModerate$1988
Bvlagri Aqva Marine Pour HommeWarmer weatherEau de Toilette8 hoursModerate$$2008
Creed Millesime ImperialFormal OccasionsEau de Parfum6 hoursModerate$$$1995
Creed Virgin Island WaterOutdoors in summerEau de Parfum6-8 hoursModerate$$$2007
Tommy Bahama St. BartsSummer, PoolEau de Toilette2-3 hoursLight$2007
Polo Ultra BlueSpring, SummerEau de Toilette4 hoursLight$$2018
Invictus AquaOfficeEau de Toilette4 housLight$$2018
Aquatic Cologne Comparison Table

What Is An Aquatic Fragrance

An aquatic fragrance is a cologne or perfume that has marine notes as one of the dominant scents. It smells crisp with aquatic notes of ocean and sea spray. These fragrances invoke thoughts of oceans, water, marine life, bays, and beaches, which is why they are named “aquatics.”

Some common notes that make up aquatics are lotus, mimosa, citrus, and musk. A lot of these fragrances have a common theme. Top notes are made up of a lot of fresh notes with citrus like bergamot. Middle notes are comprised of a lot of spices and herbs like rosemary and nutmeg. Florals and marine notes are also dominant throughout. Base notes are usually made of woody accords and musk.

How We Tested And Rated

We have a large collection of fragrances, and we test a lot. Most of these we own, but on occasion, we test with sample vials. On rare occasions, we will test from a department store. This typically occurs when we know it is something that we do not like. This helps us to decide what are the best aquatic fragrances for you to try.

Our list includes our favorites, but there were many more that did not make it.

We try to be inclusive to include colognes that range from different price points. This is because our readers vary, and not everyone wants to spend hundreds on a niche fragrance.

What Do Aquatic Fragrances Smell Like?

Aquatic fragrances are fresh and watery. They typically have scents of lotus, marine notes, sea water, and salt.

What Is A Marine Scent In Colognes?

Marine scents in perfumery are notes that mimic smells of the ocean. This includes seaweed, salt water, and salty air.

What perfume notes are commonly used in aquatic fragrances?

The most common used notes in aquatic fragrances are lotus, citrus, calone, musk, sea water, and sea salt

Sources: https://www.fragrantica.com

About Ryan Gardner

Hi, I am Ryan Gardner. I manage and write for Country Club For Men. This site represents hobbies and activities that I enjoy. If you spend any considerable time on the site, you will figure out that I enjoy colognes and fragrances.

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