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The latest men’s fragrances to have this summer

Whether you find yourself basking in the sun for the perfect tan, or gallivanting around exotic cities in Europe, you’d certainly want to look and smell good doing it.

Summer fragrances are generally assumed to be sporty, oceanic and citrusy. Each perfume has a way to complement the summer occasion perfectly. If you’re looking for something with good staying power, a perfume or parfum is a good starting point. The eau de parfum or EDP usually contains around 15% to 30% oil, so it’s longer-lasting. This also means you only need just one spritz to enjoy a full-bodied scent.

For beginners, knowing the fragrance families can be a great reference point. Scents typically fall into these self-explaining categories: fresh, fruity, floral, oriental, citrus, spicy, woody and smoky. The combination of two or three types creates a multi-sensorial scent that unfolds the different layers of top notes (what your brain process first), middle notes (the transitional scents) and base notes (what lingers on the longest).

However, choosing the right perfume for you is a fairly personal and intimate affair. The EDP is not a one-bottle-fits-all kind, as different oils and scents grow on you over time. Try spraying on your wrist and let the fragrance acquaint to you.

From fresh greens to oriental florals, spicy citrus to musky wood, it’s time to stop wandering around departmental perfume counters waggling scent strips and pick from one of these top 11 latest eau de parfums for that extra mood-boosting spritz.

1
Bleu De Chanel Parfum

Eight years since the launch of its original EDT, Chanel is intensifying the scent of this popular fragrance with the new Parfum version. The aromatic woody fragrance with Caledonian sandalwood (for a more powerful finish), cedar and citrus exude a fresh and energetic tone – leaving a vibrant and refreshing trail. Perfumer Oliver Page has been enlisted to create this new Parfum.

Bleu De Chanel 50ml, RM390 (approx. conversion)

2
Amouage Imitation Man

Imitation Man celebrates the successful men across all fields. The scent develops onto the skin into a dark base blend of leather, wood, patchouli and myrrh with opening floral notes of violet and orrises. It comes with a mysterious scent of spices to enliven the colourful and multicultural feeling of the streets – reminiscing the brand’s vibrant origin, Oman.

Imitation Man 50ml, price N/A

3
Mont Blanc Legend Night

Talented duo, Antoine Maisondieu and Olivier Pescheux designed the latest Legend Night parfum, a potion that oozes an alluring woody scent for an ultra-masculine base with a mix of vibrant Vetiver and Patchouli wood as well as a strong musk and velvety black vanilla. The EDP blends aromatic notes of clary sage and peppermint, enchanted with cardamom and sparkling bergamot. One spritz and you’re set to feel confident and in control all day.

Legend Night 50ml, RM305 (approx. conversion)

4
Tom Ford Noir

Sensually subtle yet distinctive, Tom Ford Noir is described as the designer’s most intimate fragrance yet. The warm notes of Italian bergamot, black pepper and patchouli provide just the right amount of punch with a trio of warm vanilla, amber and nutmeg. This long-lasting scent is an extremely balanced fragrance; perfect for the urban gentleman. 

Noir 50ml, RM305 (approx. conversion)

5
Van Cleef & Arpels Neroli Amara

The Néroli Amara EDP exudes a fine-tuned balance of the feminine sweetness from orange blossoms and gentle spicy notes of black pepper and cyprus – both commonly found in men’s fragrances. One spritz unveils multiple layers of citrusy notes from Italian lemon, bergamot and mandarin. Van Cleef & Arpels’ latest release is by far one of the best fragrances this summer – a unisex fragrance that bottles the best of both worlds.

Néroli Amara 75ml, RM688 (approx. conversion)

6
Guerlain L'Homme Ideal L'Intense

Guerlain’s L’Homme Idéal L’Intense is the scent equivalent of a ridiculously extravagant sheikh reclining on a jacquard chaise, with a falcon sidekick, smoking shisha. Infused in rich Bulgarian rose, this gourmand-like scent combines the delicious scents of almond, vanilla and chilli over leather and sandalwood as base tones. This full-bodied fragrance is, however, not for the faint-hearted but the acquired scent does grow on you.

L’Homme Idéal L’Intense 100ml, RM500 (approx. conversion)

7
Prada Luna Rossa Black

Prada continues to challenge boundaries with its latest line of scents inspired by a sailboat racing syndicate – the Luna Rossa Black – intended for urban explorers. Experience an energising and invigorating scent comprising angelica, bergamot, coumarin, patchouli and a base of woody amber. Compared to its previous sporty and marine fragrances, Prada’s latest EDP is a strong scent best worn at banquets and dinners; especially for its staying power.

Luna Rossa Black 50ml, RM294 (approx. conversion)

8
Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Absolu

If you’re looking for an easy-to-wear fragrance for all occasions, Giorgio Armani’s Acqua Di Gio is by far the best choice. Their new EDP variant – Absolu – blends fruity, woody and oceanic notes for a slightly sweeter finish compared to its original masculine formulation. The light and lasting EDP is a crowd-pleasing spritz that travels from day to night.

Acqua Di Gio Absolu 75ml, RM388 (approx. conversion)

9
Comme Des Garçons Amazingreen

This unisex Comme des Garçons EDP combines a juxtaposition of fresh verdant top notes of palm tree leaves, green pepper and foliage with the spicy notes of flint and coriander. The scent evolves to smoky undertones with a rich dash of gunpowder and white musk; making it perfect for daytime use. This perfume also challenges the perception of luxury with its 100% recycle green bag.

Amazingreen 50ml, RM 320 (approx. conversion)

10
Givenchy Gentleman

Be ready to knock your socks off with this euphoric perfume designed to celebrate the rhythm of the night. This deeply powerful EDP is great for formal events and dinner functions thanks to its punchy essence of black pepper, black vanilla pods and sweet iris. Sophisticated and confident, Givenchy’s Gentleman also comes in an easy-to-carry 50ml bottle for a quick spritz, anytime.

Gentleman EDP 50ml, RM296 (approx. conversion)

11
Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver

Terre d’Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver is uplifting and invigorating with heart notes of Sichuan pepper and bergamot, that slowly ends with palpable earthy notes. It’s unique scent heroes the energetic woody quality of vetiver which gives the fragrance its name.

Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver EDP 50ml, RM424 (approx. conversion)

12
Bvlgari Man Wood Essence

Dubbed a neo-woody signature, the Bulgari Man Wood Essence is a fresh and daring infusion that translates the magnificent energy of nature. Enjoy the intense woody notes of cypress, vetiver and cedar with colourful top notes of Italian citrus zest and coriander. The perfume is bright as sunshine and invigorating at the same time — spritzing a breath of fresh air surrounded by lush greens; perfect for a day out in the park.

Bvlgari Man Wood Essence EDP 100ml, RM391.50 

Martin Teo
Editor
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.