At last, summer is here! If you are looking for that perfect summertime fragrance gift for a man...Father's Day is not far away...here are my Top Five Summer Fragrances for Men for 2018.
In at Number Five is the Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue Intense. Created and released for Summer 2017 being 'Intense' it does differ from the Original D&G Light Blue in that it is stronger and will stay on your skin longer.
Classed as a woody aquatic the top noted have citruses such as mandarin and grapefruit. You can really pick out that sweet mandarin! In the mid notes you have juniper and a salty marine accord while in the base you musk and amber wood which are the notes that make the fragrance long-lasting. An ideal summertime fragrance for someone who wants to smell clean, crisp and fresh!
At number four is an oldie but a goodie and that's the Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme. In the 1990's Issey Miyake decided to create a fragrance that was a complete contrast to the heavy fragrances that typified those of the previous decade. L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme was designed to replicate how water would smell on a man's skin.
Classed as a woody aquatic L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme contains lovely oriental essences. The top notes are zesty with bergamot, Japanese yuzu, lemon and tarragon. Just lightly spicy. The heart notes have water lily and nutmeg which gives the fragrance a warmth. The base notes are particularly woodsy with sandalwood, cedar, vetiver, musk and tobacco. Altogether a fragrance that is zesty, clean with a hint of spice and just a touch of warmth.
At number three is another slightly older fragrance created in the mid-nineties and it's the Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio. An aromatic aquatic with really warm top notes of bitter orange, bergamot, lime and a hint of jasmine. A floral more spicy heart note with cyclamen, rose, coriander and nutmeg just heating through the zesty citrus of the top notes. The base has oakmoss, cedar and white musk. As a whole, the fragrance smells clean, very zesty with a hint of spice and warmth.
In the number spot is a fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent and it is the 'Y'. A very masculine fragrance classed as a woody aromatic.
The top notes have sharp and juicy fruits, a sparkling white aldehyde with bergamot and ginger, the ginger giving the fragrance a real zinging heat! The heart is almost floral with geranium and violet leaf but tempered by sage. The salty, musky base drives the masculinity of this fragrance with ambergris, fir balsam, cedar, musk and incense.
A heavier, more masculine fragrance than the others we've tried in this video so far, but one that I think is going to be very popular this summer.
And now for the number one spot and it is a fragrance that is a favourite of mine from a wonderful fragrance house and it is Himalaya by Creed.
I know many will be familiar with Creed Aventus and Creed Himalaya often gets overlooked but during the summertime, it is such a popular fragrance.
Designed by Olivier Creed after a climb in the Himalayan Mountains this fragrance is classed as an oriental woody. On first smelling this fragrance, you can really pick out the cool yet fruity notes of grapefruit, bergamot and lemon. Himalaya contains an essence of gunpowder which makes this fragrance quite distinct. The heart is a simple, uncluttered and pure sandalwood. Like many Creed fragrances, the base contains essences of ambergris, cedarwood and musk.
Creed Himalaya is so very cool, just like those ice-capped mountains and so very different from other summer fragrances.
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