Whilst the greatest scents stand the test of time, every gentleman should also know just how personal choosing his fragrance is, subsequently making it their signature scent. And as we swiftly roll into the warmer days of summer, now is the time to find your new season scent – the kind that will be a surefire way to gain compliments, turn heads and be remembered for. Here are five of the best, breezy scents to sail into spring with…
Floris No. 89
Make like Ian Fleming and James Bond by visiting Britain’s oldest family-run perfumers and leaving smelling impeccable. This classic fragrance is named after the number of the Floris’ store on London’s famed Jermyn Street and does everything to capture the incredible heritage of the company. With warm vetiver and mellow cedarwood, this classic fragrance is enough to turn all heads – in the best way possible.
Celebrated as a timelessly classic scent, Brit is a perfect illustration of modern English spirit inwrought with tradition. Fresh, spicy opening notes of bergamot, cardamon, mandarin and ginger soon settle into rich notes of nutmeg, rose, cedar and spices. The finale base notes stay close to the skin with warm tonka bean, patchouli and musk for an all-round masculine scent.
Creed Virgin Island Water
The story of Creed was said to begin when King George III asked founder James Creed to produce a fragrance for him. Inspired by a sailing trip near Ginger Island in the Caribbean, Virgin Island Water opens with a citrusy cocktail of white bergamot, Jamaican lime, Sicilian mandarin. The citruses are accompanied by a note of copra, the white inner flesh of the coconut. Intensive Indian jasmine and sweet hibiscus, exotic ylang-ylang and cold, spicy ginger meld into a base of sugar cane, musk and white rum.
Acqua di Parma Blue Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea
If you’re the gentleman who stayed cosy in Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Ambre and its richly warm, amber notes, then this will seamlessly transition you into the Mediterranean. Evoking the character of the smallest and oldest of the Aeolian islands, the fragrance opens with embracing, aromatic top notes of myrtle, Calabrian lemon and sweet, passionate orange, with the calming effect of basil. Jasmine, rose and green lilac, which meet sea breeze and blackcurrant leaves fondle around base notes of precious wood, juniper, cedar and warm amber.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua
Launched in 2016 as the refreshing update to the successful Neroli Portofino unisex range, Acqua is a fresher expression of the seductive Italian Riviera and its sparkling skies. It’s an irresistibly light way to wear the fragrance’s citrus and amber signature – with top notes including petitgrain, Sicilian lemon and bergamot. At the heart is neroli and orange blossom, which flirt with masculine base notes of amberwood and white musk. An easy summer essential, that stays intimate to the skin.
If you’re looking for summer fragrances instead, check them out here.