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