Summer is different. The days are hotter, longer, and in general, awesomer. Dealing with all of those factors requires a distinct style. You wear sneakers without socks, white jeans that don’t make you look like a douche, and the sleeves on your buttons-downs get hiked up. (Just don’t wear shorts to work.)
Summer also requires a different grooming routine. Winter beards are shed and replaced with SPF-powered moisturizers. It’s a time to swap out your cologne as well. Those woodsy, musky scents are great for cold nights, but in the summer you want something lighter that makes you think of the beach. Because even if you’re not actually at the beach, there’s nothing wrong with smelling like you are.
To help you capture that perfect Eau de Summer scent, try one of these six great colognes.
CREED VIRGIN ISLAND WATER
From $175, creedboutique.com
Virgin Island Water blends notes of coconut, lime, sugar cane, and white rum. After a quick spray, you will instantly crave a Dark and Stormy and want to compete in some Caribbean regatta, even though you can’t tell the difference between starboard and port.
BOND NO. 9 MONTAUK
It can be tough for a summer fragrance to blend floral scents while still feeling masculine, but Montauk pulls it off. Inspired by the fishing village-turned-summer scene at the end of Long Island, the fragrance uses honeysuckle and driftwood to convey the sense you get watching the sunset at the beach.
JUNIPER RIDGE BIG SUR BACKPACKER
Summer isn’t just about going to the beach, it’s about getting outside for all kinds of adventures. That’s the spirit of this scent from Juniper Ridge, which incorporates wild sage from California to create a wilderness cologne that is not too heavy.
With the brand’s connection to the sea, it makes sense that Nautica would make a great summer scent. It has notes of sea salt and ginger and balances those with wildflowers like sage and lavender.
ROYALL BAY RHUM
This cologne-after shave traces its roots back to Bermuda and blends bay leaves with just the right amount of menthol to create an invigorating scent that is ideal for warmer climates. Each bottle is wrapped in parchment paper and sealed with the same kind of wax that is used by the Bank of England.
DOLCE & GABBANA LIGHT BLUE SWIMMING IN LIPARI
This limited edition version of Dolce & Gabbana’s popular Light Blue fragrance is inspired by swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean and blends the citrus aromas of grapefruit with sea salt and ambergris.
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