As we swiftly roll into warmer days, it’s time for you to put away your old cologne bottles and find new season scents. As much as great scents should be able to stand the test of time, it doesn’t hurt to invest in a delicious scent for every season. Spring is a symbol of rebirth. Therefore, your fragrance preference should be about fresh clean notes. Men tend to gravitate more towards woody and musky scents. However, it’s difficult to say that there is one fragrance that suits all men because every man has his own taste and personality. Choosing the right scent therefore requires trying out different brands which can sometimes be a daunting task. To make this easier for you, I have put together a list of the best fragrances for men suitable for the season. First let’s try and understand fragrance notes.
Understanding Fragrance Notes
Understanding notes isn’t as complicated as it seems. It can help you better determine which scent is right for you. A perfume has three notes – A top note, middle note and base note.
- A top note is the first scent you experience when you apply the fragrance. Top notes are often described as fruity, woody, musky, spicy or floral.
- Middle notes also called heart notes is the scent you can pick up after the top notes have faded a little.
- Then finally we have the base notes, which is the scent that reveals itself after the perfume warms up to your body temperature.
The actual scent of a fragrance is determined by the middle and base notes. Therefore take note (pun intended) that it does take up to an hour for the true scent of a fragrance to adjust to your body so be patient before picking out your favorite bottle.
This scent is mild and described as a classic. It was created to target the man who strives for the classics and likes casual style. The middle note consists of chocolate, roasted coffee beans and hazelnut whereas the base note is leather and cedar. It doesn’t get more masculine than that! It retails for about $80 for a 3.4 ounce bottle.
You know you have found a winner when a scent has been listed as a winner of many magazine awards for men’s cologne. Then again, is there anything that Dior gets wrong? With top notes of Pepper and Calabrian bergamot, a variety of heart notes that include lavender and a base of ambroxan, this scent has been described as perfect for anytime of the year.
Bleu de Chanel
This is described as a fragrance that is fresh, clean and profoundly sensual for the man who defies convention. It is woody with a zest of grapefruit, sandalwood, lemon, mint, jasmine, nutmeg and patchouli. Bleu de Chanel is considered to be one of the best Spring and Summer fragrances to try out.
Inspired by the dramatic life of a historic emperor, Aventus is a masculine fragrance created by Creed for men. It is meant to be a scent that celebrates strength, vision and success. Aventus is one of the most popular cologne lines from Creed, and is a fragrance that is groundbreaking in its use of apple and pineapple top notes. The heart notes are of Birch, jasmine and patchouli while the base notes consist of oak moss, ambergris and vanilla. This gives off a sweet but masculine scent perfect for spring.
Acqua di Gio
This should be a classic go-to for every man, it’s also suitable for women. The composition is built of a perfect harmony of sweet and salty notes making it ideal for the warmer season. It is transparent, aromatic and woody in nature combined with sea notes, fruits, herbs and a warm musky trail.