The Best Colognes to Keep You Smelling Good This Summer—Even in a Heatwave


Article by GQ

From BBQs to rooftop bars, you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, despite the sauna-esque humidity. Which is why GQ's Best Stuff found the colognes that won't crumple in the heat.

As the mercury rises, so does a man’s need to find the best summer colognes he can. Whether it be an aromatic finishing touch to an on-point summer outfit or a way to subtly disguise the fact that your schvitzing like a sinner in church, a go-to cologne is a warm-weather must. Traditionally, lighter, herbal and floral fragrances have been favored during the summer months (with musks and ouds reigning during the cooler seasons) but nowadays those sorts of old fashion rules have fallen by the wayside. We’re in a time of sartorial freedom—also maybe insanity—and men should approach their colognes with a similar sense of anything goes. Here are the best men's colognes to consider applying to your wrist, neck, or gently spritzing for you to walk through.

Aesop - Marrakech

This unisex fragrance fittingly references traditional notes of the Middle East, imbuing this eau de toilette with sensuality. With notes of clove, sandalwood, and cardamom, it’s no surprise that this fragrance is woody, spicy, and conjures the arid deserts of North Africa (if it were a book it’d be The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles).

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Terre d’Hermes

A longtime go-to, Hermès has has a certain arid minerality that pairs perfectly with warm, dry days (or humid ones, for that matter). It’s like the wonders of a desert landscape in a bottle.

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Le Labo Bergamote 22

There’s no denying the brightness and tanginess that lies at the heart of Le Labo’s Bergamote 22—which, of course, makes sense. Orange blossom, grapefruit and vetiver notes all make for a delectable fruity scent, while amber and musk give it a darker edge and some much-needed complexity and gravitas.

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Goetz Cannabis EDP

Is there anything more summery than smoking a little weed? Short answer: no. However this won’t smell like your college dorm room. With its mix of spicy black pepper, patchouli and sandalwood, consider the ultimate scent for a haute hippie (hi John Mayer!).

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