Essential Oils that Smell Like the Beach

Lord help me, Michigan is really growing on me. I mean, it’s kind of humid (if you’re Southern, think May-June humidity instead of July-October humidity), the sun has been out (it was 94 yesterday!), and everyone’s got something on the grill. I need some essential oils that smell like the beach because I totally miss the smell of the beach! Jump right down to the essential oil recipes.

Essential Oils that Smell Like the Beach

Now, for someone who lives away from the water, this may be a weird thing-like people outside of Washington state that can “smell rain.” I didn’t even rain had a particular smell for about 25 years. When you are consumed by rain all the time, it is hard to not realize the scent.

And after being a hop skip and a jump from Galveston Bay and Clear Lake for 10ish years, I honestly didn’t realize that I could “smell” the beach.

It just didn’t occur to me.

I miss that salty, slightly muggy smell.

It’s hard to describe exactly how the beach smells without totally copping out, shrugging and saying “it smells like the beach.”

Without having to board a plane, I can make the smell of the beach come to life in my own home.

I’ve been doing a lot of research, and I’ve found a few essential oils that smell like the beach. This is a great alternative to try!

Essential Oils that Smell Like the Beach

Essential Oils that Smell Like the Beach

Pinterest is the bomb, but not if you’re looking for “how to make my house smell like the beach.” I found literally everything but a recipe that had what I consider a beachy smell.

Smells like summer? Check.

Smells like your favorite summer beverage? Check.

Smells like sunshine (does sunshine even have a smell?!)? Check.

Smells like the beach…? Not so much.

I did find some essential oils that seemed to be in all of the suggested summertime blends:

…that’s a lot of oils. So I did what any sane person would do. I put a drop of each into my diffuser and waited.

Don’t do that.

It definitely did not smell anything like the fresh, beachy scent I was craving. Obviously, in my excitement, I had made a seriously rookie mistake: assuming that all the oils would balance themselves out.

They don’t.

So I got a bit smarter. I started trying combinations of 3-4 oils at a time to see what the results were. I ended up with five pretty awesome beachy diffuser combinations.

Beachy Clean

Ocean Stroll

Lake Water

Crashing Waves

Beachy Breeze

I love to run diffusers throughout my house, and often I don’t repeat the scents in each diffuser. That way I can have different essential oils that smell like the beach in every room.

For example, today I’m running beachy breeze in my bedroom, crashing waves in the living room, lake water in my office (it’s quickly becoming my favorite scent-I want to turn it into a perfume!), and beachy clean in the kid’s rooms.

If I want to brighten any of these scents up, adding a single drop of peppermint or spearmint gives them a whole new take. On days where I feel adventerous I add a drop of citrus!

I always use therapeutic grade essential oils in my diffusers. If you don’t have oils yet, I highly recommend buying some online.

The best beachy scents are cedarwood or rosemary. Peppermint and lemon essential oils also offer that nice clean scent. For me, it’s the floral (think bergamot) and the woodsy scents that really make a scent reminiscent of the beach.

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What do you think?

What are your favorite essential oils that smell like the beach?



  1. Mel on June 14, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Thank you! Your combos are very nice, trying lake water today. Wonderful!

  2. A M on July 11, 2020 at 9:21 am

    I’ve just tried beachy clean in my diffuser, gorgeous!

    • Anne on August 1, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      Yay I’m so glad you like it!!

  3. Lisa on July 19, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Hi there, thank you for posting these lovely recipes. did you really mean 12 drops of lemon in Lake water?

    • Anne on August 1, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      Yes… it’s a lot! If it’s more than you’d like, you can tweak it down.

  4. Chamayne Ortegon on December 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    We just made bath bombs using your Beachy Breeze and instead of water we used coconut witchhazel. That little bit of coconut really made it beachy!

    • Jenna on October 11, 2021 at 2:08 pm

      Nice addition!!! I will keep that in mind when I make my next whipped soaps and whipped lotions!

  5. on January 2, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Which kind of cedar wood oil to use for the ocean breeze scent???

  6. Becky on March 1, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    I wanted to do a beach themed lotion bar. I know the drops would have to be adjusted but I was curious what would you recommend

  7. Az on July 23, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    I want to make one into a perfume! What carrier oil should I use?

    • Anne on September 23, 2021 at 10:37 am

      Sorry, I am not knowledgeable enough to make suggestions.

    • Jenna on October 11, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      My favorite carrier oil for DIY perfumes is Jojoba Oil for making homemade perfume. It moisturizes the skin, being absorbed quickly without leaving any greasy effect and doesn’t stain fabrics like others. Jojoba oil is odorless and colorless.

  8. Kandace on October 27, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Have you been able to find a scent similar to High maintenance or glamour by Tyler Candle?

  9. Beth on December 20, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    I am wondering that all of ingredient for diffuses can change to air freshener spray with water or alcohol or vodka. Hope to hear from you. Thanks

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  11. Louise on April 4, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    What is your expertise on recreating a tropical summery scent like pineapples and mangoes?

  12. Vickie Lavelle on January 2, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Making roll-on’s to give as gifts and thought maybe a Hawaiian smell might be enjoyed by many. Making these to give as gifts to customers. My boss thought lavender and ordered this out and jojoba as the carrier oil. Well, seems a lot of people don’t like lavender, gives them a headache or they just don’t like it. Also, jojoba oil is yellow, so it looks like I’m giving them a vial of urine – eeeeeewwww.
    Do you know what I could mix together with clear coconut oil to give a delicious suntan oil scent? Like the ones people actually like rubbing on their skin?

    Thank you for your time

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