5 perfumes: (great) new wave summer colognes

grapefruits

Earlier this week I talked about old school summer colognes. Today’s focus: the modern equivalent. These fragrances aren’t classic Eau de Colognes, but they function in much the same way: they’re light, they’re citrus-y, they’re refreshing in the worst dog days of summer. Bonus: some of the newer models last a bit longer on skin than the classics.

I’ve listed my picks in order of release date. Do add your own picks in the comments!

Guerlain Mandarine Basilic ~ From 2007, this lovely sparkling orange with plenty of herbal bite is the oldest fragrance on today’s list…

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5 perfumes: (great) old school summer colognes

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If you’re in the northern hemisphere, there’s a decent chance you’ve already entered that part of summer known as the dog days. The hot, humid weather was traditionally expected to last around 40 days, but where I live, we’ve surely already had 40 days of sticky, and we could easily have 40 more before it’s over.

I’m not complaining, or at least, I’m not complaining as much as I’d be complaining if it was cold out. I’ll always take hot over cold. But this is just the sort of weather that calls for a classic Eau de Cologne: a little concoction of citrus and flowers, perhaps a few spices, perhaps some oakmoss or amber. It won’t last long, but it will lift up your spirits while it does, and you can always reapply later or move onto something else. Here are five choices, although I’ve (of course) expanded the definition of a classic Eau de Cologne a wee tad…

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5 perfumes: incense fragrances for spring

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Today’s post completes the year: I’ve already done 5 great incense fragrances for summer wear, incense for fall and incense for winter. I’m thinking iris next? But I’m open to suggestions…

Etro Shaal Nur: To my mind, this is the quintessential spring incense, and I was surprised to see how many people mentioned it in the comments to the incense posts for other seasons. Perhaps that means you need to have a bottle on hand at all times…

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5 perfumes: April is the cruellest month

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Last Friday I wrote about 5 pretty floral fragrances for spring. But spring, of course, isn’t just about pretty flowers. Today, five somewhat quirkier / more offbeat takes on the season.1 Many of these suggestions came from reader comments, but do add any more that you can think of!

CB I Hate Perfume M#2 Black March: A fantastic fragrance that I’ve already included in 100 Fragrances Every Perfumista Should Try. The notes — rain drops, leaf buds, wet twigs, tree sap, bark, mossy earth and the faintest hint of spring — pretty much cover all the bases for early spring…

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