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.
Odin 10 Roam
Odin bills its scents as unisex. Some are more so than others, but this newest model can be filed squarely away in the men's category, should you have any lingering concerns. The scent evokes languorous and smokey Brazilian rainforest nights and mixes incense resin and ebony wood with wild coffee flowers and coconut milk. There are spicy undertones of pepper and ginger, too, as well as a touch of saffron for just the right bit of worldly Indiana Jones complexity. That may mean it's a bit much for a day at the office, so keep this one on your shelf for evenings, weekends, and exploring off-the-beaten-path places. [$135 for 3.4 oz; odinedt.com]