The scents of summer

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19 Mar 2018
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Our resident fashion expert, recommend one of these colognes to get you cool for the summer, as we break down the season’s best notes that will keep you spritzing and sniffing

Not sure what you’re doing when it comes to fragrances this summer? Still expecting to get away with wearing a cold-season scent by the pool or at a sunny brunch? If you still don’t get how fragrance etiquette works (yes, it’s officially a thing) and changes season to season, we recommend one of these colognes to get you cool for the summer, as we break down the season’s best notes that will keep you spritzing and sniffing.

Davidoff Cool Water Wave

The original Davidoff Cool Water is officially back from the ‘80s, as with almost everything we see these days. The newer, fresher version, Wave, however, isn’t only aptly titled for a beach vacay this season; its woody aquatic accord ensures that you’ll not only look as good as you feel, but that you’ll smell even better.

Fragrance Group: Woody aquatic
Main Accords: Aromatic, warm spicy, marine
Nose: Francis Kurkdjian, Antoine Le and Jean Jacques  
Top Notes: Grapefruit, Sichuan pepper and sea notes
Middle Notes: Birch leaf and juniper
Base Notes: Patchouli and sandalwood

Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve

Inspired by the strength of the Atlantic Ocean, Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Atlantiqve’s specifically designed ‘sea amber’ note, developed by French master perfumer Jacques Cavallier, will certainly have you standing out from the rest of the crowd this summer, with its one-of-a-kind, exclusive aquatic notes.

Fragrance Group: Woody aquatic
Main Accords: Aromatic, amber, marine
Nose: Jacques Cavallier
Top Notes: Calabrian bergamot, sage, Sicilian lemon and water notes
Middle Notes: Ambergris, apple and sea notes
Base Notes: Amber wood, benzoin, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver

Giorgio Armani Code Colonia

Giorgio Armani Code Colonia, at its core, comes forth as a perfect, citrusy fragrance with top notes of bergamot, mandarin and pink pepper. And while fragrances with lighter notes are better suited for the sun and sweat-soaked summer days, in true Armani fashion, the woody base found in this particular flanker keeps things classic, making it perfectly ideal for evening use, too.

Fragrance Group: Aromatic Fougere
Main Accords: Citrus, aromatic, floral
Nose: Antoine Maisondieu
Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin orange and pink pepper
Middle Notes: Amyl salicylate, clary sage and orange blossom
Base Notes: Amber wood, heliotrope and tonka bean

Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Bleu Astral

Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Bleu Astral is one of the latest flankers offered in the Japanese designer’s Nuit d’Issey collection. Its top notes of lime and coriander and a heart of leather, followed by a woody base, will surely have you showcasing your unique style through your scent, just as Miyake intended.

Fragrance Group: Woody spicy
Main Accords: Citrus, woody, aromatic
Top Notes: Coriander and lime
Middle Notes: Leather
Base Notes: Amber wood and woody notes

L’Occitane En Provence L’Homme Cologne Cedrat

The ideal fragrance for a summer escape, L’Occitane En Provence L’Homme Cologne Cedrat’s top citrus notes are well blended with a heart of lavender and violet leaf, ending with a woody spicy accord, with the mix calling to mind a holiday that includes plenty of exotic locations.

Fragrance Group: Citrus aromatic
Main Accords: Fresh spicy, citrus and aquatic
Nose: Julie Masse
Top Notes: Citron, mint and watery notes
Middle Notes: Black pepper, ginger, lavender, pink pepper and violet leaf
Base Notes: Amber, cedar and musk

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme
Eau Électrique

Finally, what we love most about YSL’s fragrances, apart from the obvious French factor, is that they always work for every occasion. And La Nuit De L’Homme Eau Électrique does that yet again: it plays with the freshness of the fougère accord against a more sensual vanilla base.

Fragrance Group: Oriental Fougere
Main Accords: Aromatic, fresh spicy, woody
Nose: Juliette Karagueuzoglou, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo
Top Notes: Green apple, lemon and Mandarin orange
Middle Notes: Geranium, lavender, orange blossom and sage
Base Notes: Cashmere wood, cedar, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla and vetiver


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