5 Fragrances That Smell Like Shower Sex

Watered-down. The story you tell when your boss asks about your Saturday night in Vegas versus the one circulating in the group text. When your date says you look "nice" after you spent five hours getting waxed, manicured, made-up, and blown-out. Like the bottle of my parents' Belvedere after I replaced the shots I stole in high school with water — for weeks.
Watered-down means weak, and, more bluntly, worse. But as with all rules, there's an exception, and that is the new gang of aqua fragrances that prove watery doesn't have to be blah. They're lighter versions of some of our favorite scents — think of them like the gauzy knit sweater that will soon replace your cashmere turtleneck. Airy, fresh, and yes, watery, but in the sense of the stuff you'd find in Bora Bora, not coming out of your parents' tap. (Oh, and they almost always come in a blue bottle, if that's important to you.)
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It'd be interesting to see if in a blind scent test, people sniffed this and thought: ITALY. When you go in knowing the name, it's impossible to escape the reference. It's all crisp, citrus-y things (mandarin, lemon, bergamot) mixed with the scent of warm, bubbly sparkling water and sexy, minty aftershave — kind of like how you'd expect Clooney's vacation home to smell.

Tom Ford Mandorino Di Amalfi Acqua, $152, available in April at Tom Ford.
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You've got to love lily of the valley to love this (but why wouldn't you?) because that's pretty much all you're getting aside from the faintest hint of rose and wood. It's just the right amount of sweet and summery, but — and we rarely advise this — spray a little more than you normally would, because it fades pretty quickly.

Miu Miu L'Ea Bleue, $90, available at Nordstrom.
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If the original scent was inspired by cashmere against bare skin, then it was the cashmere you pack for a ski trip to Aspen. This limited edition take — still warm and earthy, but with zest! — is the cashmere you pack in case it gets chilly on a summer night in Montauk.

Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Aqua Eau de Parfum Spray, $112, available at Macys.
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"It smells like sex at 4 pm after swimming." "Sex on a beach..." "Sex on a beach only there's no sand or rocks and you're in an airy cabana with white linens." That's what a quick hit of this to the nose in the middle of the afternoon inspired the beauty team to daydream about, so yeah, it took awhile to collect ourselves and get back to work.

Philosophy Pure Grace Summer Surf , $48, available at Sephora.
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This smells like Heaven — and not in the sense that it smells dreamy and wonderful, though it does. No, it literally smells like bright light bursting through blue skies and damp, fluffy white clouds. Also, like a mimosa. (Which makes sense, because if Heaven isn't just bottomless brunch with all your friends for eternity, count us out.)

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia, $205, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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