THE SCENT of summer in Spain isn’t all pine trees, suntan oil, gin y tonica and sardines cooked on a hot barbecue.
Wearing a light, fresh scent, more suited to warm Mediterranean nights rather than a heavier, deeper smell more at home in a dark nightclub, is the key to smelling at your best now the high season is approaching.
Here are a few of the brand-new summer-friendly scents available from some of the best names on the bathroom shelf.
TOMMY HILFIGER / TOMMY TROPICS
There’s a touch of lavender to re-enforce the theme of warm days spent outside, but once it’s been on the skin a while, this multi-faceted scent turns into something altogether richer, warmer and more leathery and it’s fantastic value for money too.
DIOR HOMME SPORT (2017 EDITION)
Not so much a new fragrance as a reworked one, the perennially popular Sport scent from Dior Homme now features an even fresher opening owing to an olfactory fruit bowl of blood orange, grapefruit and juicy pear.
HUGO BOSS / BOSS BOTTLED TONIC
A true contemporary classic, Boss Bottled takes two time-honoured styles of men’s fragrance – oriental and fougère – and fuses them together to form a scent that’s sold over 70 million bottles to date.
The apple, geranium, clove and cinnamon core of the original is still present in the brand’s 2017 Tonic, but with the addition of ginger and bitter orange, it’s much sharper and altogether more effervescent.
JIMMY CHOO/ MAN ICE
Created by Michel Almairac – the nose behind Joop! Homme and Gucci Pour Homme – this retooled version of 2014’s Jimmy Choo Man adds sparkling citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin.
Almairac has also pulled the olfactory equivalent of adding a slice of lemon to a G&T by introducing a hint of apple to give the fragrance a brighter, juicier feel, alongside earthy patchouli and sensual musk that mean it works just as well for evenings.
GIVENCHY / GENTLEMEN ONLY EAU FRAÎCHE
Givenchy’s latest release is the fourth fragrance to bear the Gentleman Only name (following the original, Intense and Casual Chic versions).
The new limited-edition summer variant is, as you might expect, much crisper with notes of lemon and Nepal mint, rounded out with earthy vetiver and smoky ambroxan. Like most flankers, it’s different to but not totally removed from the original, so if you loved Gentlemen Only chances are you’ll love this reinterpretation too.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER / LE MALE SUPERMAN
Whether encased in armour, leather, neoprene or emblazoned in tattoos, Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic Le Male fragrance has a long and playful history of bottle redesign for its limited editions.
This summer’s Superman edition is perfect for comic book geeks and fragrance collectors alike. The scent – which sees the original mint note dialled up and joined by one reminiscent of freshly washed linen – isn’t too shoddy either.
TOM FORD / SOLE DO POSITANO
And finally, a fragrance for the millionaire in you and by far the most expensive in this list, summer wouldn’t be summer without at least one new addition to Tom Ford’s Private Blend Portofino Neroli collection.
This, the seventh addition to the range, is less obviously citrusy and more floral than the original Portofino Neroli (there’s a big hit of ylang-ylang and jasmine in there), pushing it into traditionally female territory.