Your go-to cologne may bring to mind a smoky British gin joint, but as the outside world returns to life, your fragrance should follow suit. From citrusy spritzes to deep-woods aromas, there’s a springtime cologne for everyone—here are six solid options to help you make your choice.
Since old habits really do die hard, we understand if you’re loath to part with your classic, musky cologne. English Laundry’s Oxford Bleu is a great way to ease into citrus—mint and lemon give it bright, fresh top notes, while a base of sandalwood keeps one foot firmly rooted in tradition.
On the other hand, if you can’t wait to switch gears and adopt a vivid cologne, you’ll find no better standard-bearer than Atelier’s latest fragrance, Cédrat Enivrant. Enhanced with a trio of lime, cedrat, and bergamot, this citrus scent is remarkable in its simplicity—just imagine dabbing your neck with a fresh slice of lemon rind.
If you have a preference for low-key cologne, then take heart, because not all spring fragrances are described as “bright” or “vivid.” Acca Kappa White Moss is both fresh and light on its feet, pairing juniper berry and lavender for a crisp, complex scent that won’t overpower a room. A fine choice for first dates, interviews, or understated gentlemen.
For some, warm weather denotes gardens and rooftops, but for others, it means a return to the woods. If your style sensibility says “backcountry trapper,” go native with Swiss Army Forest by Victorinox—makers of the timeless Swiss Army Knife. The fragrance blends citrus, cypress, and wood moss to craft an earthy, woodsy aroma that still feels brisk and refreshing.
As a season of bright colors and renewed vigor, spring is undoubtedly a time to be bold. If you feel like branching out, we recommend putting your fate in the hands of Arquiste L’Etrog. Inspired by the rich fields and orchards of Calabria (home to the Etrog citron, a fragrant citrus fruit) this complex scent mixes bitter citrus top notes with a warm, floral base of myrle and date fruit.
Beyond notions of weather and style, some men simply aren’t partial to wood or citrus. And that’s okay. Clean for Men takes an alternate approach to freshness, crafting a unique, invigorating scent that falls somewhere between your morning shower and a fresh load of laundry. If you like your cologne to channel nostalgia, this is the choice for you.
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