Like wardrobes and vacation destinations, colognes for men have a season. Amid the brisk days of fall and winter, we tend toward cozy, warm scents – think tobacco, dark musks, and wood. But come the long, warm days of summer, and those notes feel too bundled up and stiff, kind of like drinking a bourbon neat, on the beach. In sweltering July heat.
The best summer scents don't forgo those classic, guy-friendly smells; they just chill them out. So added to the mix are spices like saffron and pepper; greens like basil, sage, mint, and vetiver; earthy florals like violets, jasmine, and even a little rose; and, of course, some punchy citruses.
Can you still wear your favorite winter scent? Of course you can; that's completely your call, and some men understandably prefer to maintain a signature smell. But if you're looking for a season-appropriate upgrade, then look no further than our top eight men's scents, all of which are brand-new for the summer of 2013.
Hylnds Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake
Hylnds is the brand-new line of fragrances from D.S & Durga, which produces excellent scents like Cowboy Grass and Mississippi Medicine. The makers took inspiration from Northern European mythology, and so all three bottles employ rare Nordic plants and balsams. We love all three, but for summer, the most fitting is Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake, which is a sensorial tour de force. It lifts off the skin like a clean, moss-kissed mountain mist, with notes of violets and beechwood. You could take this scent anywhere, anytime (plus, it will transition nicely into fall). Perhaps your new signature? [$180 for 1.7 oz; dsanddurga.com]