Just as we change our wardrobe to suit the seasons, it is always nice to complement what you are wearing with an appropriate fragrance – and that applies equally to the men in your life, too.
When the weather warms up, it is time to put those heavy, musky fragrances aside, and turn instead to lighter, floral notes, with fresh hints of citrus, pine and cut grass to conjure up the wonderful aromas of the outdoors. Here are some zesty summer favourites to treat your loved one to.
Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Blanc
This eau de toilette offers a classic blend of floral and forest notes, ideal for bringing to mind hazy summer days out in the great outdoors. Base notes of cedar and suede provide depth without being overpowering, while the fresh top notes of grapefruit, cardamom and rosemary are straight out of a sun-kissed exotic garden.
Calvin Klein Eternity
Something of a classic these days, Calvin Klein’s signature men’s fragrance is one many men will already have in their collection but still deserves a mention as a perfect summer option. Eternity is an aftershave built around green notes, with a herbal heart of tarragon, sage, basil and a hint of jasmine. The top notes of mandarin and lavender add floral delicacy and citrus zing without dominating.
Another classic all-rounder, Boss Selection deserves its place amongst perfect summer picks for the man in your life for its combination of masculine spice and delicate freshness. With cedarwood, sandalwood and patchouli providing a solid foundation, the middle and top notes are an intricate web of finely woven flavours – cardamom, nutmeg and star anise overlaid with zesty mandarin, grapefruit and lemon.
Milton Lloyd Bondage Temptation Homme
A real sensual powerhouse of a men’s fragrance, Milton Lloyd’s Bondage Temptation offers a fabulous balance of deep and mellow scents with some out-of-the-ordinary source materials. A dry, woody base with hints of leather is smoothed out by sweet vanilla, over which you get the slightly spicy flowery notes of orange blossom and olive flower. Over the top, lemon and bergamot add freshness and elegance to the finish.
To finish off, another well-loved staple for men who don’t mind celebrating their floral side in the scents they choose. With delicate touches of vanilla, cinnamon, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine and orange blossom to the fore, Joop! Homme still manages to achieve a masculine depth with sandalwood, patchouli and cardamom sat beneath the surface. The effect is a fragrance with a distinctly exotic, oriental finish that revels in hot summer sun.
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