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5 Men’s Colognes For Smelling Great This Summer

Hot, humid weather amplifies any scent or cologne, turning winter faves into oppressively musky summer bummers. The best way to make sure your scent isn’t overwhelming your officemates all summer is to switch to something a little lighter and fresher when the weather warms up. To help out, we rounded up five of the best summer colognes to get you on the right track. All you have to do now is pick your favorite.

Louis Vuitton Men’s Fragrance Collection

Impress the ladies this summer with a chic, subtle scent from one of the most prominent luxury houses in the world. The first Louis Vuitton men’s fragrance collection, which features five unique colognes will launch at the end of this month. Scents include classics like grapefruit and ginger, cocoa, wood and musk, citrus and cedar, and Indian sandalwood, any of which will go perfectly with summer-ready tailoring. The colognes also have appropriately French names like “Nouveau Monde” and “Sur la Route,” and come packaged in minimalist glass bottles with “LV” carved on the lids. French-born Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, who’s created the perfumes for Louis Vuitton’s women’s collection since 2012, is the brains behind the products, so you know they’ll smell good. Each scent costs $250, and the company encourages you to save the bottle and bring it into Louis Vuitton stores to be refilled.

Malin + Goetz—Citron Vert

Wear this scent to your next rooftop party. The cologne’s name, Citron Vert, translates to “lime tonic,” and it smells like a mojito in the best possible way. What’s not to love about a scent inspired by a summer-favorite cocktail? Bergamot, lime, and grapefruit dominate the scent, which also contains hints of basil, rhubarb, and white cedar, making it the perfect beach party spritz. Malin + Goetz, which makes its products in New York, is a brand you can trust, and it doesn’t hurt that its founder Matthew Malin got his start mixing scents for Helmet Lang and Prada.

Acqua di Parma—Colonia Pura

Italian perfume company Acqua di Parma just launched the Colonia Pura, an update on its signature citrusy Colonia scent. The Pura adds coriander, jasmine, narcissus, and cedarwood to the Colonia, which already features sandalwood and citrus. Pura is light, airy, and just a tad musky, and will be the perfect complement to the stifling summer days spent in your favorite linen pants and go-to polo shirt. Acqua di Parma boasts a century-long legacy, and this practical product demonstrates that the brand is still upholding its mission: to embrace tradition in a subtle way.

Diptyque—Do Son Eau de Parfum

Diptyque might be known for its quality candles, but the company’s cologne is just as memorable. The Do Son Eau de Parfum was inspired by Diptyque founder Yves Coueslant’s childhood summers spent in Vietnam. Coueslant’s scent recreates his experiences at the Ha Long Bay, smelling the sea breeze and the omnipresent tubeflowers. Worn with a summery pink short and sophisticated linen trousers, this light, sultry fragrance will take you from a dinner party to beer garden with ease.

Paul Smith—Sunshine

This Paul Smith bottle fades from blue to orange, echoing the gradient of a sunset. Inside is a vivid scent to match. Sunshine by Paul Smith contains a moss base topped off with grapefruit, starfruit, and coriander accents. Paul Smith is a fashion designer who’s known for adding whimsical, colorful touches to classic silhouettes, so we shouldn’t be surprised that he made this cool, yet unexpected scent. Paired with a breezy linen button down and some shorts, the summery scent is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Words: Hayley Lind

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