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Bro code: The 5 best spring fragrances for men

Unless you’re a scent junkie, finding a fragrance that complement you feels very much like finding a spouse. Once you’ve got the perfect one, and it becomes your signature, you feel hard pressed to swap it out for something more current. Add individual scent preference into the matrix, and it becomes harder to convince anyone to make a swap into a new fragrance.

Springtime is here, however, and that means giving your wardrobe a much needed update. Don’t stop at merely switching up your clothes, but maybe branch out into finally giving your perfume an overdue change.

To convince you, we’ve curated a list of perfumes to suit a variety of tastes instead of proffering typical masculine scents. Here are our top five springtime picks.

La Nuit de L'Homme Eau Électrique Yves Saint Laurent

The La Nuit de L’Homme Eau Èlectrique is packed with top notes of bergamot, green apple and mandarin. This crispness seductively unfurls into hints of lavender, tonka bean, cashmere and vanilla, making this a scent that becomes headier with wear. This is an investment for anyone who enjoys rich, citrusy perfumes that don’t attain their depth from musk or leather.

Available at duty free stores at Changi Airport.

Loewe 001 Man

Loewe’s first fragrance under Jonathan Anderson is one for lovers of thick, sharp fragrances. Heavy in sandalwood, bergamot and white musk, you get a tangy scent the fades into a drier, woody perfume with hints of spice. As heady as it is, the 001 Man doesn’t last particularly long on the skin, which is great if you don’t want to overpower the olfactory senses of everyone in your vicinity.

Available at Loewe Paragon and Marina Bay Sands

Armani Code Colonia

If you’ve always had a hankering to try more floral scents, start with the Armani Code Colonia. The citrus, clary sage and soft orange blossom elements meld into a light, elegant perfume that’s fantastic for everyday wear. Though it’s underscored by the usual culprits like wood and amber, this scent is the furthest thing from typically masculine perfumes.

To be available at Giorgio Armani boutiques in March 2017.

Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Amber Gold

Out of Ermenegildo Zegna’s three latest perfumes, the Amber Gold is our pick because of its perfect balance between spice and floral. You get a blend of rose, lavender, sandalwood, patchouli and vetiver, which sounds extremely intense on the nose. The masterful craft behind this scent, however, makes it a beautifully spicy perfume without any pungent edginess.

Available at Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques.

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme

A different take on the stereotypically “manly” scent comes bottled in Bottega Veneta’s Pour Homme. Highly intense leather accords mesh with notes of pine, pimento and other alpine notes, making this a full-bodied perfume more reminiscent of a lumberjack trekking than the posh urbanite man. To each his own.

Available at Bottega Veneta.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.