These are the best men’s fragrances for summer 2022

From a full-throttled fougère from Penhaligon’s to Jo Malone’s windswept, woody ode to the seashore, here’s what you should be spritzing this summer…

Now that we’ve fully substituted our heavy rollnecks and Gore-Tex coats for lighter, more breathable threads, it’s only appropriate that we take the same approach to our fragrances. 

With more pleasant climes imminent, and as we ready ourselves for long-awaited escapes, you should consider pressing pause on the spice-forward spritzes, and instead reach for bottles whose notes evoke the vibrancy of the summer months, from citrus hits to floral undercurrents. Here are six of our favourites.

Penhaligon's Sports Car Club

We start our summery engines with a new launch from Penhaligon’s. Terrifically turquoise and tied up with a chequered bow, the British brand’s ‘Sports Car Club’ may have a pedestrian name — but it’s a full-throttled fougère of high-octane olfactory fragrance. 

Think showers of expensive champagne and pink pepper-sharp hairpins. The top notes are suitably refreshing, with a punchy pine aroma evoking those ‘Magic Tree’ car air fresheners. Under that, more subtle woody notes of eucalyptus and cypress, with a base of musk and patchouli that’ll speed you through summer, and all the way to autumn.

These are the best men’s fragrances for summer 2022

Penhaligon's Sports Car Club

£152.00

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Creed Viking Cologne

This eau de parfum is one of The House of Creed’s finest summer offerings. It may not have the same intensity or depth as its stronger, more wintry brother — but the cologne version of ‘Viking’ retains the spirit and innate complexity of the original. Bold and ozonic, it’s a masterful alchemy of dry sandalwood, fresh bergamot, spicy nutmeg and frankincense.

Allegedly inspired by the wild beauty and springtime scents of the banks and waters around the Norwegian fjords, expect sufficiently summery top notes of lemon, mandarin and pink pepper — but with crisp vetiver and sage sprinkled underneath. And, if you scoop up this hand-crafted Italian leather fragrance sleeve (with a burgundy pattern designed by master perfumer Olivier Creed), it’ll be your constant companion all summer. 

These are the best men’s fragrances for summer 2022

Creed Viking Cologne & Leather Sleeve

£415.00

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Floris Sirena Eau de Parfum

This brightly-bottled option from Floris has been calling to us all season. A unisex fragrance, it’s the perfect option for couples travelling together this summer, and whips up the freshness of a salty sea breeze with sparkling marine florals.

It’s got an impressive longevity for such a light eau de parfum, and will sit on your skin for much of the day — even tackling high temperatures. And the aromas that endure are like a swirl of summer; beginning with top notes of jasmine and bergamot, presenting a heart of summer berries and peony, before offering up a masculine base of sandalwood and musk. 

These are the best men’s fragrances for summer 2022

Floris Sirena Eau de Parfum

£120.00

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Diptyque ‘Ilio’ Eau de Toilette

We’re told never to judge a book by its cover, but the sun-soaked label illustration by artist Matthieu Cossé convinced us to scoop up this colourful bottle before even our first spritz of the scent inside. Of course, this being Diptyque, the fragrance was never going to disappoint.

Instead, the eau de toilette exceeds the warm weather promise of the bottle. A fragrant tribute to the Mediterranean, it relies on an unusually fresh, juicy heart of prickly pear — before bringing nuance and softness with green florals, jasmine and a velvety, gentle finish of iris. 

These are the best men’s fragrances for summer 2022

Diptyque ‘Ilio’ Eau de Toilette

£107.00

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Atkinson’s 41 Burlington Arcade

Among the many heritage British brands to be found in Burlington Arcade, Artkinson’s is perhaps the most richly, deeply scented. This black-bottled fragrance may not shriek ‘summer’, but it pays homage to a iconic Mayfair landmark with a bold and complex composition fit for warmer weather.

Usually, we’d pare back our aftershaves for summer; simplifying them to handle the heat. But Atkinson’s offering is an olfactory rollercoaster, bringing bittersweet liquorice, lively pepper, zesty citrus and even spicy pimento together to create a cacophony of aromas. Add cardamom, nutmeg and patchouli, and this utterly unconventional unisex fragrance enters a league of its own. 

These are the best men’s fragrances for summer 2022

Atkinson’s 41 Burlington Arcade

£135.00

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Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

Finally, we return to the seashore. But this isn’t the sun-drenched sand of Diptyque’s ‘Ilio’ — or even the craggy Mediterranean outcrops of Floris’ ‘Sirena’. Instead, Jo Malone has dipped its toe into ambiguous waters, choosing to cherry-pick flavours and fragrances from around the world to create a complex, mineral-rich option.

Undoubtedly masculine, the scent sits on a base of woody, earthy notes including sage and sea salt. But it is the top note, of ambrette seeds, that gives this aftershave its edge — bringing an unusual muskiness and intense incense aroma to the strongest, most prominent part of every spritz. 

These are the best men’s fragrances for summer 2022

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

£108.00

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This article was taken from the Summer 2022 issue of Gentleman’s Journal. Take a look inside the latest magazine here…

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