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Eliza's Gender Neutral Fragrance

What does sea salt smell like? This.

I am, at best, a perfume hoarder. I don't believe in signature scents, but perhaps that's just because I'm incapable of being monogamous when it comes to fragrances. The latest addition to my rotation is Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne, a scent that's both gender neutral and very light. I leave it on my desk as an unobtrusive midday pick-me-up.

You're probably wondering: Eliza, what is wood sage? And what does sea salt smell like? Wood sage, or American Germander, is a three-foot-tall plant that grows in moist soil at roadsides, in fields and low woods and at railroad tracks, which is very poetic. The sea salt makes it smell kind of beachy. The best way I can describe it is that it makes me think of the air at the end of summer on the East Coast, just as it's getting cold. It's a little sad in that way.

I was lucky enough to get my bottle from a friend — her name is Tyler McCall, and she works right across from me. But I would certainly pick another up should this one ever run out.

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt, $60 to $120, available at Nordstrom.

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