For men, summer colognes should be fresh and lively, but with masculinity erupting through richer and muskier base notes. This selection draws upon some classics, with a sporty edge to support our Olympic summer ahead. On your marks, get set, smell…
1). Boss Bottled Sport by Hugo Boss
EDT 50ml, £35
A sporty and energetic reinvention of the 1998 cologne, masculinity is channelled through refreshing grapefruit top notes with a spicy lavender heart. In true Boss style, this is a confident, red-blooded fragrance.
2). L’eau D’Issey Eau D’ete Summer Edition Pour Homme by Issey Miyake
EDT 125ml, £39
Especially concocted for a zingy summer aroma, a citrus surface made of orange and yuzu relaxes on a herb garden of coriander, thyme and sage with ambergris coming through after drying. Refreshing and radiant.
3). Le Male Summer Fragrance by Jean-Paul Gaultier
EDT 125ml, £39
This botanical infusion starts with mint, lavender and cardamom, followed by an earthy green heart, sitting upon sandalwood and musk. This jungle-fabulous limited edition bottle denotes paradise printed on the traditional J-PG male silhouette. Think a masculine Adam from the Garden of Eden.
4). Private Blend Azure Lime by Tom Ford
EDP 50ml, £125
Elegant and rich, this unisex scent is a sexy secret. The introductory notes are alluring with lime from Mustique, blended with jasmine, on a base of Tonka beans and Tom Ford’s personal favourite of patchouli.
5). A*Men Pure Shot by Thierry Mugler
EDT 100ml, £48
Light and fresh with a spicy interior, this cologne unwraps like a present on the skin. Top notes of ice mint and juniper berries rest on a white pepper centre with musky undertones of sequoia wood. This limited edition scent, fronted by Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, is one for a summer of sport.
– Serina Sandhu