When the weather heats up, it’s time to lighten up. Humid air increases the moisture in your skin, which magnifies fragrances, explains Ann Bouterse, owner of Indigo Perfumery in Lakewood. Instead, choose a lighter scent that awakens the senses without overpowering them.
From sitting poolside with a mango margarita to picking up peaches at a farmers market, fresh fruits are a summertime staple. Sunset Hour by Goldfield & Banks ($185) opens with sweet blasts of pear, mandarin and tart desert peach tamed with ginger and pink pepper. Cyan Nori by Abel ($150) boasts a sea spray scent, hints of tangerine and white peach.
Transport yourself to the tulip fields with Fox in the Flowerbed by Imaginary Authors ($95), a dreamy combination of jasmine and tulip with whispers of wildflower honey and a sprinkle of frankincense. “I think it’s not so florally that a guy couldn’t wear it,” says Bouterse, noting the depth that the frankincense adds to the scent.
Musky scents calm the senses, offering rest after a long summer’s day. Studied by Liis Fragrance ($165) uses ambrette seed and pear to create a subtle yet intoxicating scent. Telegrama, also by Imaginary Authors, ($95) leans into the clean feel of musk, while adding a touch of lavender for that fresh-laundry-on-the-clothesline smell.