After Kenzo released their unconventional, jaw-dropping, hip-moving, and perfectly-choreographed perfume ad in 2016, I’m sure some of you men were jealous that you weren’t included in the fun. While we can’t promise that our list of colognes for the summer will morph you into a shirtless man emerging from a mist of condensed water, with square shoulders draped in a perfectly soaked and strategically un-crisp white button down shirt, we can promise that you’ll attract a positive whiff or two in a crowded metro cart!
One look at Milan Men’s Fashion Week Street Style will render many options for your future Italian husband. But in the meantime, as you perfect your pasta carbonara recipe, you might as well invest in a bottle of Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza. Legend says: “one spritz on your pillow every night will eventually yield a refined, elegant, and stylish man that exudes a flair of Italian luxury mixed with woody and citrus notes.” If you start now, by fall, Pietro Boselli will not only be serving you a piping hot plate of pasta carbonara, but he will also have taken care of your pesky math assignment — he has a PhD in Mathematics from University College, London after all.
Moving on from Italian seduction to French mischievousness, Hermès Terre d’Hermès offers rich and green notes with the initial spray and then it dries down to a sexy, rustic, and woody scent. Boys, if you have ever wanted to transform into Hugh Jackman as Logan in The Wolverine — particularly the lumberjack scenes where Jackman’s unattainably chiseled biceps prove to be more of the focus of the movie than the actor himself — Hermès Terre d’Hermès might be the closest thing to a fairy-godmother’s wand. Bippity boppity boo!
As long as Henry Cavill plays Superman, Tom Hiddleston remains Loki, and Idris Elba becomes the next James Bond, we’ll do anything to exude their British sophistication. Thankfully, Jo Malone understood our genius plan and came up with the perfect combination of earthy woodiness and roasted oak that leaves an earthy, enticing, and enchanting impression.
We couldn’t round up this list without a nod to our OG cologne by Dolce & Gabbana. Anything that can increase our chance of floating on a surfboard with David Gandy in nothing but white speedos is a plus in our books! D&G’s Light Blue is a classic, fresh, and sexy scent that is a must-have for the summer.
As summer befriends humidity and twice daily showers become a necessity, Mont St Michel’s Eau de Cologne is an affordable way to freshen up after a quick locker room shower session following a grueling ab workout at the gym — hey! no one said that getting the coveted #summerbody was going to be easy.