Scent is the sense most strongly tied to memory and mood. Certain smells evoke feelings of calm, past loves, or even that Spring Break week you promised never to mention again. With warmer days ahead, it’s time to indulge in a fresh round of warm weather scents, whether you’re simply looking for a mood lifter or aiming to make an impression.
Winter often brings to mind the rich scents of dark wood, cocoa, and coffee. A hyper-masculine fragrance needn’t be bogged down in heavy cold weather notes. Grassy, herbaceous scents with hints of lighter woods like birch, such as Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue, have an outdoors-y appeal without the weighty notes of your winter cologne.
For something crisp and mouthwatering, citrus and green apple notes have a lighter, beachy wear without an overt feminine fruitiness. These scents make for an ideal casual daytime wear- maybe for a brunch or barbecue. Tom Ford and John Varvatos both have a range of scents that balance bright citrus notes with spicy, masculine noses.
How you wear your scent is just as important as what you’re wearing. You want to create a memory - but not overwhelm. Much like with moisturizer, wet skin will take scent best. To ensure your fragrance lingers, spray or dab fresh out of the shower, hitting a couple pressure points for maximum effect. If you wear a scent on a given day, be careful about using soaps or hair product with a clashing smell. There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect scent and then inadvertently tainting its effect.
Upgrade that scent game, gents! A touch of cologne can go a long way as you transition your style from winter to spring.
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