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Summer scents ...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bsmith, May 3, 2003.

  1. bsmith

    bsmith Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Lawrence, KS
    So I have been thinking about what would be good for a summer cologne. I honestly don't know the first thing about them or if there are certain occasions for them or what. Basically, I am just curious as to some ideas.

    Since summer is coming up, I thought something light would be nice. Plus I need something new for the clubs and such.

    Anyone have any ideas? I am also a college student, so I am looking for something(s) to be no more than around $100. Any ideas, thoughts or suggestions?? Is there hope??
  2. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

    Mar 5, 2002
    New York City
    The best SMELLING summer scent of all time is Acqua di Parma. However, It isn't very strong and dosn't last long. I'm almost done with my first bottle, and am debating whether or not to pick up a new one, despite it being so much cheaper here.

       Anyone else have a recommendation on a nice STRONG citriusy scent for the summer? What about the Creed Citrus? I'm thinking of buying a bottle of Kiton. It's not citriusy, it has a very clean soapy scent, which would also be appropriate for summer.

    bsmith: Last year around this time there was a thread on summer fragrances, you may want to search the archive for that if no one responds.
  3. VWpete

    VWpete Senior member

    Mar 6, 2002
    I love ADP, but I've noticed the same thing... it doesn't last. What I do like about it is when my body temp rises when it's hot out, the scent takes on a stronger scent. Interesting, but true for me. I haven't bought a bottle, but I have a few huge samples they gave me at Barney's a while back that have lasted a while.

    -Also check out Zegna's --Essenza Di Zegna... really nice and masculine with some earthy/fruit tones (as you would expect from Zegna).

    -Kiton is awesome stuff and classic. Tht's another one up there on my list.
    Scent is so personal and subjective, it's hard to tell from a post.
  4. jharrison

    jharrison Senior member

    Dec 15, 2002
    Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
    Yeck. ADP is gross.

    I'm a huge fan of Aqua Di Gio by Armani. It smells amazing and last 3-4 hours. Chrome is also a nice light fragrance you might look into. Good luck.
  5. VMan

    VMan Senior member

    Feb 26, 2003
    Those last two (aqua di gio and chrome azzaro) are some of my favorites.  You might also try Claiborne Sport.  As the name suggests, it's kind of an athletic scent...if you want to describe colognes that way.  It's also kind of citrus-y.  Pleasures by Estee Lauder is also a good choice, I think it works well for nights out on the town, it's subtle yet something in it just smells really great.  There are some cheapies (under $20 for a smaller-sized bottle) that I like, but do not last as long as more expensive colognes.  These are Avitar, Aspen, and Aspen Discovery; pretty good buys for the money, and great for splashing on before doing something outdoors.  I went to the website to make sure that the names were correct, and this is how aspen discovery was described:
    "Eclectic. Physical. Spiritual. A pure scent that embodies strength of purpose and soulful understanding."
    Thought that was pretty funny...
  6. Timothy

    Timothy Senior member

    Mar 5, 2002
    For this S/S the two scents in heavy rotation for me are both by Bulgari; Blue for daytime, and Black for the night. I would recommend that you just stop by a local shop and test out their colognes, especially the two I've mentioned. Keep in mind that they won't smell exactly the same on the card as they do on your skin, but once you find something that appeals to you spray, or dab, some on. Also feel free to use this as an opportunity to talk with the women working the counters by asking them what their opinion is of the scent/s you chose.
  7. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Senior member

    Jul 9, 2002
    New York
    Most of us know that cologne smells different on different people, as Timothy has implied. I think the best way to buy scents is this:

    Narrow your search by asking people opinions (much like you've done here), especially the sales people. I tend to like clean, fresh scents like citrus. They can recommend a few. Smell them on paper. If you like one, try it on your wrist and leave. In 30 minutes or so, smell your wrist - if you like it, go back and buy it. The only downside is that it's difficult to try out more than one cologne in a day (or two, if you use both wrists).

    My current favorite is Mat; Male by Masaki Mastushima. It's a unique, fresh scent with hints of celery and pepper. Sounds strange, I know.
  8. F4iryder14

    F4iryder14 Senior member

    Oct 27, 2002
    I was just wondering if anybody here has tried the new Kenneth Cole cologne? It comes in a round, gray spray bottle. I picked up a few samples when I was at his outlet mall in the Dallas area and it is incredible. It might be a little heavy for summer, but you will have to smell it for yourself as it is tough to describe. I, however, would love to grab a bottle as soon as I have that money to toss away and add to my already large collection of colognes. I don't think too many people wear it now, so it could be a good unique cologne.

  9. JLM

    JLM Member

    Jan 10, 2003
    I'm also a big fan of Acqua Di Parma. I also wear Creed Silver Mountain Water a lot in the summer.

    Bulgari Black is great. Aqua di Gio is totally played out.

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