All the scents in Red Flower’s revamped (or “recrafted”) Flower Skin line are named for specific flowers or fruits, with the exception of Ocean. Red Flower doesn’t give the notes for this fragrance; instead, Ocean is simply described as “a vast scent that opens the lungs and cools the skin.” It seems to be dominated by an intense dose of eucalyptus, or some fragrant variety of laurel, with subtle notes of mint and something kelp-like below the cleansing, camphorous heart of the fragrance.
According to the Red Flower website, Ocean Body Wash (shown) and Moisturizing Lotion are both concocted from “organic flowers, bio-dynamic honey, and wild-crafted botanical extracts.” The Body Wash actually looks and feels like honey, and its ingredients list also includes spirulina (an algae rich in fatty acids and other nutrients). When I use the Body Wash in the shower (lots of lather!), or even just to wash my hands at the sink, I can feel Ocean’s essential oils clearing my head.
The Moisturizing Lotion has a faint bluish-green tint — from the wild algae it contains? — and it’s emollient enough for normal to moderately dry skin, with flawless texture and absorption. Its scent is a softer version of the Body Wash’s fragrance, with something avocado-like in the base, and it stays close to the skin for an hour or two.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a summer person, but I like visiting the ocean when the heat and sun aren’t too oppressive. (A cloudy day in April, for example, is ideal!) I do enjoy the experience of walking along the shoreline, inhaling the salty breeze, and watching the waves. I end up feeling both calmed and focused. These Ocean products, while not literally ocean-like in their scent, offer the same sensation of clarity (on a much smaller scale, of course).
I can imagine layering Red Flower’s Ocean products under an oceany perfume like Mare from Creative Universe or Brezza di Mare from i Profumi di Firenze. This Ocean isn’t a straightforward interpretation of the sea, but because it’s so expansive and bracing, it could easily complement marine-inspired fragrances. The full Ocean line also includes shampoo, conditioner, and a candle, for anyone who’s ready to jump right in.
Red Flower Ocean Purifying Body Wash sells for $20 for 8 oz., and Ocean Moisturizing Lotion sells for $24 for 8 oz. For buying information, see the listing for Red Flower Under Perfume Houses.