If you are reading this article on a Friday afternoon, you probably aren't at the beach. I'm very sorry to hear that. I'm not at the beach, either, and it's 79 degrees and sunny. At least we have each other.
We also have this eau de parfum by Bobbi Brown, which smells exactly like salt water and sunscreen. In fact, it's called "Beach," and the scent is spot-on. It's kind of weird to wear in any season when you might not reasonably have been at the playa earlier in the day, but in the height of summer, it's the next best thing, especially when all you've been doing is trucking around Houston street.
Probably the best part, though, is the fact that it doesn't necessarily register as perfume — it's just universally recognizable as beach smell. So when another person catches a whiff, they'll just think, "Damn. That girl smells like summer." Which is a pretty incredible impression to make, if you think about it.
Bobbi Brown Beach perfume, $70, available at Neiman Marcus.