spring/summer menswear trends

The best men’s fragrances for summer

Our edit of the finest men's colognes and fragrances to take you through to autumn smelling your best

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, we can only complain about the relentless sunshine. Even if we are spared sticky commutes and stuffy offices during lockdown, our nervousness at the thought of smelling anything less than squeaky clean remains.

Fortunately, Gentleman’s Journal is on hand to make sure that you master summer style. Here is our edit of the best men’s 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.

The fresh one: Floris Bergamotto di Positano

floris bergamotto di positano

Created to reflect the freshness of a Mediterranean Sea breeze, this classic summer fragrance from royal-warrant perfumer Floris has a heart of orange blossom and vanilla to which warm marine notes and clean mandarin provide an instantly refreshing counterpoint. Add to this an earthy base of wood, amber and ginger and you’ve got yourself a quintessential summer scent you will return to year after year.

floris bergamotto di positano

Floris Bergamotto di Positano

£120

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The woody one: Penhaligon’s Endymion Concentre

penhaligons endymion

As the bottle suggests, this is the essential fragrance for balmy evenings that turn into long summer nights. Dreaming of dinner and dancing? This is the scent you need to go with it. Inspired by the eponymous Greek god – Zeus’ most handsome son and a legendary hunter – it’s a fragrance compiled of all the scents that make a perfect gentleman. Bitter coffee and earthy suede provide a foil from which notes of bergamot and geranium sparkle to create an eau du cologne that can handle whatever your evening may throw at it. Now available from the Penhaligon’s boutique at Bicester Village.

penhaligons endymion

Penhaligon’s Endymion Concentre

£144

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The floral one: Atkinsons The British Bouquet

The best men’s fragrances for summer

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.

The best men’s fragrances for summer

Atkinsons The British Bouquet

£110

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The marine one: Czech & Speake Villa Ausonia

The best men’s fragrances for summer

Villa Ausonia is an eau du parfum designed to capture the freshness of the French Atlantic coast and 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.

The best men’s fragrances for summer

Czech & Speake Villa Ausonia Eau De Parfum Spray

£125

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The citrus one: DS & Durga Italian Citrus

ds durga italian citrus

Nothing says summer quite like the scent of sun ripened citrus fruits evoking memories of warm days in the Mediterranean – and that is exactly what DS & Durga has bottled in its Italian Citrus fragrance. This invigorating eau du parfum opens with notes of cold-pressed lemon and blood orange before widening into a fresh heart of green mandarin and violet leaf blended with a base of oak moss and musk ambrette. Spritz on this perfect everyday summer fragrance and allow yourself to be momentarily transported to Italy’s idyllic lemon groves.

ds durga italian citrus

DS & Durga Italian Citrus

£220

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The spicy one: Chanel Allure Homme

chanel allure homme

Discovering the unusual spices and unfamiliar fauna of a far flung destination has always been one of the great joys of a good holiday – and, with its classic Allure Homme fragrance, Chanel brings these memories to olfactory life. Blending fresh bergamot with vetiver, warm Tonka bean and spicy black Madagascan pepper, this fragrance is best applied generously and with confidence. Full of charm, charisma and personality, this is truly one for the man who stands out from the crowd.

The classic: Creed Erolfa

creed rolfa

For most of us summer is special because of the happy memories it holds – and few scents embody this more than Creed’s Erolfa. Inspired by the Creed family’s holidays – when founder Olivier would sail the Med on a yacht with his children Erwin and Olivia and their mother Fabienne  – Erolfa is both an amalgamation of their names and a bottling of the scents that accompanied these voyages. Top notes of bergamot, lemon and basil meld with a sophisticated heart of cyclamen, jasmine, pepper and ginger while a base of sandalwood, oak and amber provides depth and a lingering finish.

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