You can count on your favourite Grooming Guru to bring you the coolest updates from the world of men’s grooming. This year, a lot has been happening on the summer fragrance front. There have been some interesting new releases, a bunch of summer versions of existing fragrances as well as a a few reinterpretations of iconic fragrances.
Here are my top summer fragrance picks for 2016 and just why I love them so much.
1.Dior Homme Intense
By: Parfums Dior
Why: Let’s face it, any self-respecting luxury lover ought to own a Dior fragrance. Whether its Monsieur Dior’s avant-garde spirit that translates to the house fragrances even in 2016, or the unmistakable Dior bee, a sign of masculinity, much loved by Monsieur Dior, or the luxurious composition of these fragrances, Dior is the quintessence of luxury fragrances.
Bottle: The very same bottle as its original version, Dior Homme, the clean lines and minimalist design represents the timeless elegance of the Dior man.
Notes: Dior chose the very best, François Demachy, as their nose for this fragrance. It is characterised by its powdery notes, with elements of vanilla, lavender, vetiver and iris.
Perfect for: A champagne sundowner,
Price: Rs. 7,900 for 100ml.
By: Calvin Klein
Why: Honestly, while I have warmed up to CK2, it is certainly not one of my favourites from a house that has given me CK One and CK Be, two of my all time favourites. This 2016 release is designed to be a unisex fragrance.
Bottle: I love the bottle, a glass cylinder which fits into a flat base. The bottle is beautifully minimalist.
Notes: Vetiver, sandalwood and incense characterise this fragrance, which is also infused with notes of lime, vanilla and wood.
Perfect for: Daytime wear.
Price: Rs. 3,800 for 100ml (available exclusively on flipkart.com)
3. Code Profumo
By: Giorgio Armani
Why: Everyone needs a profumo (eau de parfum) in their fragrance collection. If you’re a serious luxury aficionado then this is an unfettered expression of luxury, right from the Italian luxury behemoth. This is Giorgio Armani’s latest fragrance release.
Bottle: Stunningly disconcerting, as the understated bottle is unusually curved, so you inevitably take a minute to stare at and interact with the bottle.
Notes: This fragrance is explicitly Oriental in its composition. It is pleasantly spicy with notes of cardamom, apple, leather, nutmeg and even vanilla.
Perfect for: A red carpet.
Price: Rs. 6,500 for 110ml.
4. Only The Brave
Why: Diesel’s founder Renzo Rosso is edgy and makes a statement. And so does his fragrance. In many ways, this unique fragrance represents Diesel’s hard-hitting approach to fashion, designed for ‘only the brave’.
Bottle: The best part. The sculpted bottle is shaped like a man’s clutched fist with the metallic Diesel logo along the fingers. I’ve always found this bottle to be particularly striking. It was inspired by the RR tattoo on the designer’s knuckle, a gift to himself for his 50th.
5. Fahrenheit Cologne
By: Parfums Dior
Why: I love a good, classic cologne with its signature citrus aroma. It has a certain timeless appeal. The original Fahrenheit launched in 1988 and this is a new ‘cologne’ version of it, once again created by Dior’s genius nose, François Demachy.
Bottle: Elegant in its simplicity, the new bottle retains the same shape, clean lines and trademark deep red colour.
Notes: Bergamot dominates, as it should, in this cologne, blended with notes of Sicilian mandarin, patchouli and Haitian vetiver. A heady concoction indeed!
Perfect for: Summer daywear. It makes for a great office cologne as it is light, elegant and has an old-world charm.
Price: Rs. 6,900 for 125 ml.
6. CK One Summer
By: Calvin Klein
Why: I’ve gone through countless bottles of CK One, the original, ever since its frosted glass bottle launched in 1994. I absolutely love the 2016 summer version of the original, with far more pronounced sweet notes.
Bottle: I CANNOT get over this bottle. Just holding it makes me want to take a beach vacation. The new bottle comes in a pleasing green colour and has a textured motif of a palm tree across the bottle.
Notes: As its name suggests, CK One Summer is refreshingly summery — citrus, fruity and sweet, it also has notes of vanilla and a hint of musk.
Perfect for: This cologne is so light and refreshing that it gets my vote for the ‘ultimate beach resort’ fragrance. Slip it into your beach bag, or spritz it on after a dip in the pool. Summer bliss!
Price: Rs. 3,750 for 100ml.