I like Caldrea’s home fragrance products for several reasons. They have attractive packaging designs — clean and modern. Their fragrances are sophisticated but easy to live with. And they’re promoted with well-written, accurate descriptions that provide just enough information and atmosphere without going overboard. (Believe me, the more press releases and company websites and “dear blogger” e-mails I read, the more I appreciate this last point.)
Here is Caldrea’s official fragrance description for its Sea Salt Neroli products: ”Inspired by bright, clear mornings at the shore, this watery composition opens with sparkling essential oils of Lemon Verbena and warm spice from Cardamon. An exquisite white floral heart is supplied by Neroli, the blossom of a bitter orange tree native to Tunisia. Unique mineral notes enhance the fresh sea experience, seemingly adding salt to the air. Lovely woods and sophisticated musk ground this aquatic delight to the land, and provide a home cleaning experience unlike any other.”
That pretty much says everything I could say about Sea Salt Neroli. Well played, Caldrea! This room spray has turned out to be one of my very favorite home fragrance products. It’s lemony, with a natural-smelling, transparent citrus note (not a “Lemon Pledge” accord). It’s slightly salty and just a bit seaweed-y, like an ocean breeze. It has plenty of clean, warm neroli, and neroli happens to remind me of the suntan lotions that I smelled at the beach when I was a child, so this note makes Sea Salt Neroli feel even more beachy for me. (And, thank goodness, Caldrea didn’t sneak any coconut or pineapple into the blend, so it’s not a cheesy shopping-mall interpretation of seaside air.)
When I spray Caldrea’s Sea Salt Neroli around the kitchen, or even around the bedroom — I find sea-air scents peculiarly soothing — I start wishing that I could spray it directly on myself. If it were a perfume, I’d categorize it alongside I Profumi di Firenze’s Brezza di Mare or Creative Universe Mare. At least I can purchase a few matching household products, so that I can clean up after dinner with Seal Salt Neroli dish liquid and countertop spray, then treat myself to the matching hand soap and hand lotion. When I just checked it, the Caldrea website seemed to be saying that the company is currently repackaging its products, “but your favorite fragrances will remain the same.” I certainly hope this one will remain just as it is.
Note: top image is Hammam El Ghezaz – Tunisie [cropped] by Wael Ghabara via Wikimedia Commons; some rights reserved.