I’ve selected six of the best men’s fragrances for spring summer.
As the weather improves and the days get longer, our style choices change and so should our fragrances. Just as you store away your winter jacket and cosy knits, you should be thinking about switching up your fragrance for the new season.
I absolutely love some of the heavier and more oud-inspired scents for winter, but they just don’t sit well in spring and summer. The warmer weather should signal lighter, brighter fragrances to compliment your seasonal style and the warmer environment.
Sure, we’d all love a different fragrance for each day of the week, let alone each season, but that just isn’t practical or cost efficient. So, here I’ve selected six of the fragrances that will effortlessly take you from April to September.
Clinique – Happy For Men
I’ve been using this fragrance for over 10 years. It was one that I pinched from my dad’s bathroom cabinet and never gave back.
The name is bang on! It’s fun, zesty and packed with juicy citrus scents.
Unlike traditional men’s fragrances, the scent stays light and crisp on the skin without heating.
I’d recommend this fragrance for day wear. Think day tripping into town or hanging with mates by the river (if we get the weather!).
Key notes: Mandarin
- Cologne Spray 50ml – RRP £35 / €46
- Cologne Spray 100ml – RRP £47 / €60
Ermenegildo Zegna – Acqua Di Bergamotto
Ermenegildo Zegna’s Acqua Di Bergamotto was launched in October, 2015. Made of Italian bergamot found only in Calabria, Italy, it’s exclusively harvested for Zegna Fragrances.
With Southern Italy as its heart, it’s light and fresh – emulating the breeze, lush green fields and blue of the coastline.
With neroli (essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree), rosemary and vetiver (tropical grass) notes— the fragrance is refreshing and crisp.
I love the bottle and think it’s a great piece for your bathroom. A hefty pillar of glass, it’s simple and square, featuring the Ermenegildo Zegna crest and logo stamped in gunmetal for impact.
Key notes: Bergamot, lavender
- EDT 100ml RRP £76
- EDT 50ml RRP £55
Paul Smith – Sunshine (2016)
Paul Smith release a limited edition ‘Sunshine’ fragrance every year.
For this year, the perfumers Domitille Bertier and Anne Flipo have combined crisp, summery grapefruit with juicy star fruit and spices like black pepper and coriander. Mixed with warm, masculine cedar wood, the fragrance is a real energising mix of citrus and spice.
The limited edition bottles have become somewhat of a collectors item and this one is probably their best yet. With frozen glass and a label with the colours of sand, sea and a summer sky at sunrise, it perfectly captures the essence of summer.
Key notes: Grapefruit, black pepper
- EDT 100ml RRP £26.00 /€36.00
Michael Kors – Extreme Blue
Michael Kors’ Extreme Blue is a punchy blend of spice and zest.
Slightly heavier than the other fragrances in my edit, I’d choose this one for evening wear.
“Extreme Blue has a relaxed but powerful attitude that’s perfect for a busy, urban life,” says Michael Kors. “It’s inspired by the man who has it all because he knows what he wants and how to get it. It’s a heightened way to live.”
Key notes: Bergamot, angelica, juniper.
- EDT 120 ml RRP £63
- EDT 70 ml RRP £50
- EDT 40 ml RRP £40
DKNY – Limited Edition Summer (2016)
From the skyscraper inspired bottle to the green pineapple and citrus top notes, DKNY’s limited edition summer fragrance is young, fun and feel good.
It’s the kind of fragrance that I’d keep in my gym bag or have on my desk purely because of how fresh it smells; and at under £40 for a 100ml bottle, it’s one that you can spritz quite freely!
Key notes: Pineapple and bergamot
- EDT 100ml, RRP £37
Montblanc – Legend Spirit
Building on the success of their Legend fragrance, Montblanc have launched their Legend Spirit.
Inspired by all forms and shades of white, from snow to marble, the two master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Olivier Cresp have created a fresh yet intense fragrance.
With top notes of pink peppercorn, bitter grapefruit and [yet again] bergamot, it’s another favourite of mine for the lighter, brighter days.
Key notes: Bergamot, lavender and water notes.
Montblanc Legend Spirit launches exclusively with The Perfume Shop from 11th April 2016
& nationwide from 2nd May 2016.
- EDT 30ml £36.00
- EDT 50ml £39.00
- EDT 100ml £59.00
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