The British and their weather have enjoyed and endured a tumultuous relationship since the beginning of time. True to form, as we hurtle headlong into another sweltering summer heatwave, we can only complain about the relentless sunshine as it renders commutes even sticker, the office even stuffier and our nervousness at the thought of smelling anything less than squeaky clean even more pronounced.
Fortunately, Gentleman’s Journal is on hand to make sure that you master summer style. Here is our edit of the very best fragrances on the market to keep you feeling (and smelling) as if you’ve just stepped out of the shower — even when you feel like you’re slowly melting.
Sail away to the Corsican coast: Floris Neroli Voyage
You may have already read that we are big fans of the latest offering from the heritage perfumer, Floris. The perfect fragrance for heralding the start of the summer, Neroli Voyage is an unmistakably oceanic scent, opening with a citrus burst of neroli and lemon, and complemented by marine notes for a freshness designed to evoke the sea breeze.
Spicy notes of ginger and fennel seed give the scent further depth, alongside oak wood, which is indigenous to the fragrant shrubland of Corsica.
Floris Neroli Voyage
Stand out from the crowd: Creed Aventus Cologne
Another firm favourite amongst the GJ crowd, Creed can always be relied upon to create fragrances that will get you noticed for all the right reasons. Its latest creation, Aventus Cologne is a perfect fit for the daring and urban-spirited.
This fragrance has a distinctly fresh feel, with tangy bursts of ginger, mandarin and pink peppercorn — complemented by patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver. And, for the gentleman who prefers to spend his summers in the city, the fragrance’s leathery balsamic base of styrax, birch, musk and tonka provides a gritty final touch to this vibrant new scent.
Creed Aventus Cologne
Celebrate dandyism: Atkinsons The British Bouquet
Everything about Atkinsons 1799 is drenched in gorgeous nostalgia. The ledger in the Georgian room at its Burlington Arcade store will tell you that over the centuries everyone from Queen Victoria to Napoleon has called on its experts to design fragrances for them.
And, for the gentleman looking to celebrate a bygone era of elegance, the British Bouquet fragrance is the perfect summer scent. Woven from velvety lavender, myrtle and malt, and lined with gilded citrus top notes of bitter orange and caviar lemon, this is a scent designed to recall the champagne-polished hessian boots of the dandy.
Atkinsons The British Bouquet
Feel the Atlantic breeze: Czech & Speake Villa Ausonia Eau De Parfum
Villa Ausonia is a scent designed to capture the freshness of the French Atlantic coast with the intoxicating scent of distant pine forests. This androgynous, modern and light fragrance blends notes of oceanic ozone, green (a lighter interpretation of chypre) and citrus to sit in the gourmand fragrance family.
The ideal scent to stow in your travel grooming kit, this fragrance will give you an instant refreshing pick-me-up as the weather turns hotter.
Czech & Speake Villa Ausonia Eau De Parfum Spray
Fit for royalty: Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Eau de Toilette
The Blenheim Bouquet was originally designed for the Duke of Marlborough, and counted Winston Churchill as a fan. And, with its illustrious history, the fragrance itself has an appropriately regal quality.
Dry like the most refined British humour and as aromatic as our best gins, it is as versatile as a traditional bow-tie. An invigorating daytime cocktail of citrus oils, spices and woods, this is the fragrance to reach for if you’re looking to take your grooming kit from the everyday to the extraordinary.
Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Eau de Toilette
Make a statement: Byredo Mister Marvelous
Splash out on something special with the Byredo Mister Marvelous Eau De Parfum. A designer fragrance by Ben Gorham, it’s formulated to capture the strong characteristics of a person who is “enticingly unexpected”.
Fresh notes of mandarin leaves and neroli introduce this eau de parfum and give it an edge while heart notes of bamboo and green lavender give it a quirky character. Presented in a simple but stylish glass bottle, this is a scent that really makes a statement.
Byredo Mister Marvelous
Now your grooming kit is sorted, here’s how to dress for a heatwave this summer…