There’s nothing like the spritz of new fragrance to put a spring in your step. And, as we thaw our way out of winter and set our sights on summer, this is the ideal time of the year to try out a new aftershave.
With the woody notes of winter months and light, bright aromas of the summer all blended together into one bottle, a good spring scent is hard to come by. Thankfully, we’ve spent time sampling the best. And, from old perennial classics to new names on the perfume block, here are the very best.
To prepare for summer, go fragrant and fruity
After months of spraying on the leathery, woody, oud-y scents that typify our winter fragrances, it’ll be nice to lighten things up a bit. And, as nature blossoms, your aftershave collection should follow fragrant suit. Get yourself an aromatic scent and embrace the flowery, fruity qualities of a spring cologne.
From Floris, the brand’s new River Dawn Eau De Parfum is ideal. A sparkling springtime fragrance, it opens with a green note, followed by crisp florals and an earthy base. Clive Christian’s Rock Rose is powerful, and balanced with a base of cocoa and black pepper. Or opt for Le Labo’s Ambrette 9, a fresh and soft fruity fragrance.
Floris River Dawn Eau De Parfum
Clive Christian VII
Le Labo Ambrette 9
If you’re looking for freshness, seek out citrus and sandalwood
There’s something pleasantly fresh about springtime. As the weather brightens and the days lighten, we feel more energised and vigorous than the months — and your aftershave should reflect this. To this end, nothing will give you more zest and zeal than citrus and sandalwood notes.
The best bottles to spray on these scents are Creed’s Himalaya — a fresh, seductive citrus fragrance with aromas of cedar and sandalwood. Alternatively, Czech & Speake’s Citrus Paradise cologne contains notes of Californian grapefruit, clary sage and oakmoss. Or, for even more vibrancy, try Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme, where yuzu meets sandalwood.
Czech & Speake Citrus Paradisi Cologne
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme
To spring towards summer, spritz on something bright and breezy
And then there are the natural fragrances; the spring scents that smell so natural when you breathe them in that you could be walking on a beach, or through a meadow. With herbal notes, earthy tones and the ability to whisk you away, these are the bottles to escape with this spring.
The Bergamotto Di Positano is a classic, a unisex citrus marine eau de perfume from Floris that evokes the warmth of a Mediterranean sea breeze. Creed’s Virgin Island Water, too, will take you to the coast — its fresh notes shaped by winds and clear blue waters. And Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino has captured the essence of the lush Italian Riviera, with notes of Sicilian Lemon, Winter Yellow Mandarin and Orange Flowers.
Floris Bergamotto Di Positano Eau De Parfum
Creed Virgin Island Water
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau De Parfum
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