It's summer, but you smell like winter.
Winter colognes include heavier spices or woodsy smells, while summer fragrances rely on citrus or “marine” notes (synthetic fragrances that evoke images of water). See what your fragrance lists as the dominant notes, and if you aren’t sure, ask a sales rep.
Don’t be afraid, however, to go against the grain. “Summer is great for lighter citrus fragrances, but I think it should really be more of a personal choice than defining a scent by season,” says Raymond Matts, a fragrance designer in New York City who produces his own line of fragrances as well as creates scents for the industry. “But if it’s hot and humid, I would stay away from heavier, rich oriental scents — they will be too strong.”
If you don’t want to give up your favorite cologne with the change in seasons, consider a lighter version of it. Many manufacturers offer reformulated versions of their most popular colognes for summertime. CK One Summer (macys.com, $54), Versace Man Eau Fraîche (sephora.com, $61), and Davidoff Cool Water Exotic Summer Limited Edition (kohls.com, $55) are all lighter versions of the original. Hint: Look for the words eau fraîche or summer in the name.