I created a list of what I thought to be the best colognes by Tommy Hilfiger and on that list were two scents by Tommy Bahama. One scent that was left off the list was Set Sail Martinique, which was instead represented by the superior in my opinion, Set Sail St. Barts. In this post, I want to take a closer look at Martinique and determine if it is worth a purchase or if it is a scent that is relegated to second tier status.
Notes include: blue lavender, pepper, musk, bergamot
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Set Sail Martinique is another scent that is a part of Tommy Bahama’s Set Sail line of fragrances. When I reviewed Set Sail St. Barts, I mentioned that it was like sipping an alcoholic drink on the shore and then transitioning with that drink into the water. To me, Martinique is like being in the Caribbean Sea while wearing suntan lotion. Seriously, you get a smooth and creamy scent from the blue lavender note and another note that I cannot quite identify, which is dotted with a hint of citrus from the bergamot. That is what the opening of this cologne smells like to me.
After about 10 minutes, the pepper and musk began to play a bigger role in Martinique but neither really ever took over but you do start to detect more of an aquatic and salty smell that is totally reminiscent of being in the tropics at the beach. I think that the Set Sail line of colognes has done a great job of capturing that sort of mood and that will determine whether or not you like these scents.
Projection and longevity wise, Martinique is pretty moderate. The scent really isn’t overbearing and while it will probably last on one’s skin throughout the day, it won’t be working overtime. Also, this is completely a summertime fragrance so it should hold up nicely in the heat.
Overall, I think that this is an okay cologne. I honestly like St. Barts much better between the two of these fragrances and since they fulfill the same niche, I would go with that one over Martinique. Set Sail Martinique is a simple and straightforward cologne which is more appropriate for summertime, beach, and wear in areas with warmth and humidity. It’s a specialized cologne for certain occasions, so if you’re in the market for that type of scent you might like this one over something like Set Sail St. Barts or you may prefer something such as Guerlain Homme or even Creed Imperial Millesime.