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Sel Marin – Beyond the sea (January 10, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)


The niche has been abuzz the last little while, largely due to the recent article in the Globe and Mail newspaper. Amy Verner, their style columnist, wrote about a perfume meet-up at Noor, a Toronto perfume store, that took place last November which Kay and I attended. You can read the article here.

It was a great event that allowed us to meet fellow scent lovers face-to-face, share samples, thoughts and points of view – all the things we support and promote here at

Mentioned in the article was the fact that Heeley scents are now available at Noor. Well, this will certainly save on airfare to Paris! Heeley is one of my favourite lines. I like the scope of a line that includes the floral Ophelia and camphorous Esprit du Tigre. But my current fave, the one I keep going back to these past few weeks is Sel Marin.

It has a citrus/bergamot opening that is fresh and bracing; as it blooms, a gentle saltiness appears alongside a greenness from algae that balances it perfectly. At the base, vetiver gives it backbone while cedar and birch give it a woodiness – not a warm woodiness, but a deep, damp conifer forest woodiness. To my nose, it is the smell of the sea and shore – not sea, sand, sun and sweat - but a cool, calm, contemplative siren of a scent that is the perfect antidote to a hectic holiday season.

Sel Marin is listed in our Decant Store.  Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.