10 Perfect Summer Colognes

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On a hot summer day, it is easy to appreciate the allure of a classical cologne, a citrus rich composition accented with green, herbal and orange flower notes. The effervescence of citrus—be it the bracing sharpness of lime, the peppery shimmer of bergamot, the intense verdancy of petitgrain (bitter orange leaves and buds) or the playful sweetness of mandarin—has a refreshing, exhilarating effect. It instantly cools, evoking the delicious sensation of an ice cube melting on hot skin. It creates a light, unobtrusive veil of scent. There is also a very strong logic behind using colognes in warm climates– neroli and petitgrain oils share the same pungent component as perspiration and allow it to become masked by the bright, green freshness of orange flower.

I’m not sure whether my perfume tastes are in flux, or whether I’m being influenced by the fact that our air conditioning broke down in the middle of a heat wave, but lately I have been relishing citrus colognes and exploring this genre in all of its permutations. Below are my ten choices for some of the best colognes I discovered during my quest. Some of them are venerable classics; others are interesting newcomers. While they are perfect on a hot June afternoon, my other criterion for selecting these fragrances is that I would want to wear them year round, mercury level notwithstanding.

The list is in alphabetical order. All of these fragrances are equally suitable for both men and women.

Annick Goutal Eau d’HadrienSicilian Lemons

Eau d’Hadrien, Eau du Sud and Ninféo Mio are among Annick Goutal’s best citrus themes. Eau d’Hadrien, a fragrance which can rightly be considered a classic, is delightfully fresh and sparkling. A Mediterranean fantasy of tall swaying cypress trees, lemon groves and endless blue skies in a bottle.

P.S. In the winter, I also love Eau d’Hadrien in a candle form.

Chanel Cristalle EDTChampagne Fizz

While I adore the EDP with its more opulent floral theme, the mossy orange and jasmine blossoms of the EDT are what I crave in the heat. A splash of Cristalle is both refreshing and slightly heady, just like a sip of champagne.

Chanel Eau de CologneElegance

I would never have guessed that out of all Chanel Les Exclusifs, I would be wearing Eau de Cologne the most. Yet, it is splendid and remarkably complex. Instead of using the woods and bracing aromatic notes, perfumer Jacques Polge chose to pair the brightness of citrus (lemon, bergamot, neroli) with the soft richness of musk. The result feels like velvet on the skin, with a wonderful fullness that one does not often encounter in colognes. While some colognes can sometimes feel pleasantly rustic (Eau d’Hadrien, Goutal Eau du Sud, Guerlain Eau de Fleurs de Cédrat,) Chanel is all about polish and elegance.

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage – Black Tie Cologne

Eau Sauvage is another strikingly elegant cologne concept. The aromatic basil notes embroider a polished body of citrus and soft woods, while vetiver and amber give it richness and complexity. Yet, Eau Sauvage is more than the sum of its parts, and for this reason, it is one of the fragrance legends. It is luminous and bright, with a gorgeous sillage that gets noticed.

Frédéric Malle Cologne BigaradeBitter Orange Leaves

For those who love green citrus notes, Cologne Bigarade might be a great discovery. The first 15 minutes of it is a completely exhilarating experience—it evokes the green resinous aroma of lime in Mojito. This magic does not last long, but Cologne Bigarade settles in an interesting salty skin and wet petals form.

Guerlain Eau de GuerlainGin & Tonic

Guerlain has several excellent colognes which are worth seeking out: Eau Cologne Impériale (bitter orange leaves and lemon), Eau de Fleurs de Cédrat (lemon, neroli and verbena), Eau de Cologne du Coq (bergamot, rosemary and sandalwood.) Eau de Guerlain with its bright verbena notes is one of the best colognes one can find today. Everything about it is excellent—the progression from citrus to moss, the discrete Guerlain touch of tonka bean, the tenacity, the sillage, the exhilarating character.

Hermès Eau d’HermèsSensual Cologne

The prelude of citrus and herbes de Provence is pleasant, even if masterfully rendered, but wait a moment and the layer of cumin and civet appears in a surprising twist. Those who love animalic notes simply must sample Eau d’Hermès. I admit that it is not the easiest cologne for me to wear, but I find it fascinating given its strong character and memorable signature.

Hermès Eau d’Orange VertMossy Citrus

Eau de Cologne Verte/Eau d’Orange Verte is a cologne for the lovers of mossy (chypre) fragrances. Initially, it has a wonderful citrusy effervescence, while the drydown of patchouli and moss gives it a pleasant earthy dampness. The newest version makes a stronger accent on the mineral notes, which gives the composition an interesting dimension.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & MandarinMojito with Basil

Similar to Hermès Eau d’Orange Vert, but with a stronger floral accent. Absolutely delightful and one of the best from Jo Malone’s cologne collection.

Thierry Mugler CologneUnconventional Cologne

Thierry Mugler does not generally play by conventional rules, and his Cologne is likewise unusual. Instead of the common citrus and herbal structure, it plays with the metallic notes of aldehydes and green sap. After the fluorescent burst, it settles into a polished drydown of musk. Very different from all of the other selections in this list.

Extra: Atelier Cologne Bois BlondsFresh Incense

As a bonus, I have decided to include Atelier Cologne Bois Blonds, a fresh incense composition, which shows the versatility of frankincense oil. Paired with neroli and bergamot, incense takes on a bright, sparkling character, which is explored nicely in Bois Blonds. It is certainly more of a woody-incense blend, rather than a classical citrus, but on skin, it performs similarly to a cologne. It is refreshing and rejuvenating on a hot summer day.

What are your favorite colognes or citrus dominated fragrances?

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77 Comments

  • Charlie (London): I’d add Mugler Cologne to this excellent list for its steam-pressed, clean cut demeanour. Always good to wear with crisp shirts. It’s not particularly tenacious on me, but I love it. And it won’t break the bank, either. June 2, 2011 at 4:09am Reply

  • Charlie (London): Oooops – spot the deliberate mistake… June 2, 2011 at 4:10am Reply

  • Delfina: Hi, i’m not a big cologne wearer, but in the heat I love the vivid effect of Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune and, all year round, I love Etro Shaal nur June 2, 2011 at 5:00am Reply

  • bee: I must confess I’m not into colognes, but last summer I did enjoy mirto di panarea, as long as it lasted, which is max 1 hour after application (it’s in the blu mediterraneo line from acqua di parma) June 2, 2011 at 5:16am Reply

  • Hilary: Cristalle is just wonderful. I love to wear it to sleep in in the summer months. It takes away that sticky feeling and makes me feel clean and cool and pretty. You’ve convinced me that I need to try the Chanel and the Mugler, though (not that I need another Exclusif to lust after!) June 2, 2011 at 6:02am Reply

  • sara: I would add Crown Perfumery’s Eau de Quinine and MPG’s Eau Pour Le Jeune Homme and Roger-Gallet Extra-Vielle to your wonderful list! June 2, 2011 at 6:37am Reply

  • Parfymerad: Thanks for doing a cologne list, it’s a genre that’s completely fascinating to me at the moment after a recent perfume epiphany. I was in London the Saturday before last: hot, close weather, roasting breeze in the underground, and far too many people…obviously, these were the precise conditions required for me to re-ignite my love with fresh citrus scents.

    I went into Harvey Nick’s in search of something to freshen me up, and the SA sprayed me with Eau d’Hadrien. This is a scent I’ve never found wearable, so imagine my surprise when it totally hit the spot: dry and zingy at the same time, beautifully refreshing. Now I’m scheming to purchase some asap 🙂 June 2, 2011 at 7:34am Reply

  • Suzanna: Cristalle EdT for one, but I also find that the whole line of Les Exclusifs to be somewhere near to cologne strength. Even the leather of Russie is sheer enough to make it summer-worthy and I wore it all last year in extreme heat and humidity.

    I enjoy Bond Scent of Peace also, and I understand it is the #1 seller in Florida. It, too, is light.

    Have forgotten about the Malle. Will have to dig out an old sample! June 2, 2011 at 7:56am Reply

  • Aubrey: I love colognes (I split my time between Florida and South Carolina, with most of the summer in Florida, so they are a MUST). My favorites are Atelier Grand Neroli (though I love Bois Blonds too) and Escale a Portofino (though it doesn’t last as long as I would like). Eau d’Hermes is too… animalic/sweaty for me in the summer. Now I feel that I must try the Chanel!

    I sprayed some Eau Savage on my husband over the weekend. Though I don’t love it on me, it smelled wonderful on him. Any idea if this one lasts well over time (ie: does the bottle go off?)? I always worry about the citrus colognes turning… June 2, 2011 at 8:25am Reply

  • Sherri: I’ve just recently sampled and fallen in love with TDC De Bachmakov. I would also add AG Mandragore and Neroli (though I guess that’s more a floral). I think lots of others–Eau de Sisley 2 & 3, Eau de Gloire, Heeley Oranges & Lemons St. Clements, Cartier L’heure Brillante–but they’re all priced way high. Only DeBachmakov tempts me at that price level, and even then why do I need another citrus w/ the lovely Annick Goutals, Eau de Guerlain, etc. I also love the children’s cologne Le Petit Prince which can usually be found for under $20. June 2, 2011 at 8:26am Reply

  • karin: Institut Très Bien Cologne à la Francaise
    Eau de Sisley 3
    Atelier Cologne Trèfle Pur
    Eau de Rochas June 2, 2011 at 8:47am Reply

  • nstephens@beachcroft.com: I am so looking forward to proper cologne weather! Love your choices particularly Eau Savauge and Cristalle edt. Eau d’Hermes is wonderful too though I amplify the cumin and feel very conscious of it so not one for the office. My other choices would be Eau de Rochas and Cartier Declaration (the cumin not so evident to me). btw have been thinking alot about your frankincense post yesterday and how wonderfully adaptable that note is. I was wearing the original 1999 Armani Mania yesterday and love the cool incense in that one. Nicola June 2, 2011 at 8:52am Reply

  • Parfumista: Your list is just perfect, I like most of them. Wan’t to add PdN Cologne Sologne (neroli), Eau de Rochas (citrus-chypre) and PG L’eau Guerriere (light woody-incense). June 2, 2011 at 9:20am Reply

  • Austenfan: What a lovely list containing many of my own favourites.
    The Chanel is very high on my try list, as I love colognes and this one seems to be universally praised.
    Other colognes I like that you haven’t mentioned are: Eau de Lalique. It has some dill in it, which adds a difference. Cologne Nature Parfums de Nicolaï. I also enjoy her Cologne pour la Friction which is very green. Not a very sophisticated cologne but enjoyably refreshing. Eau de Rochas is great as well, quite distinctive.
    Is Eau de Cartier considered a cologne? June 2, 2011 at 9:29am Reply

  • Francesca: There’s something in Hadrien that kicks up an allergic feeling in the back of my throat–not pleasant. But Eau du Sud is another story. It’s so comforting on a muggy NYC summer day. Also love Escentric 02 in the hot weather. Don’t know if that’s strictly citrus, but love the G&T note. June 2, 2011 at 10:05am Reply

  • linda fey: Always Cristalle EDT for me. My go to fragrance …. and will be probably forever. (I love the EDP too, but the EDT just sparkles)
    I have recently discovered Atelier’s Orange Sanguine and just love it.
    (not to mention a dozen or so others 🙂
    Wonderful list Victoria. Thank you. (Can’t wait to sample some of these) June 2, 2011 at 10:17am Reply

  • March: Such a great post, we could talk colognes all day long. I love your list. Sud’s a staple over here, along with the Chanel, the Cedrat.

    Curious if you’d include any of the following in “colognes”, at least in spirit: Guerlain Vetiver, Dior Portofino, Lutens Eau No. June 2, 2011 at 10:34am Reply

  • March: Love the Sud! I wonder if more people don’t because of the faint sweaty note. It’s so much more interesting than Hadrien, which smells like Pledge on me. June 2, 2011 at 10:35am Reply

  • March: Also, if you boxed me into a corner at the mall and said you have FIVE MINUTES to buy someone a fragrance and you know nothing about them, I’d probably pick Eau Sauvage. We’re doing mankind a favor. June 2, 2011 at 10:37am Reply

  • Uella: I always dismissed citrus colognes, they all smells cheap to me, even Goutal Hadrien smells cheap probably because of its association with dishwashing liquids. Last summer I wore L’Eau de Lutens during a heat wave with high humidity, it felt perfect, I liked it for what it is, something highly fresh and clean yet refined to my nose. June 2, 2011 at 11:07am Reply

  • Elisa: If a guy asks me for a fragrance recommendation, I usually say Eau Sauvage because it’s easy to like and easy to find. June 2, 2011 at 11:52am Reply

  • Patty: I’m not a cologne fan, but I love Lime Basil & Mandarin. I was also pleasantly surprised by the Caron Eaux de Cologne (I believe there is a men’s and a women’s version), and their Royal Bain de Caron. June 2, 2011 at 12:28pm Reply

  • KilimCrazy: It HAS a lovely smell…but it only lasts about 10 minutes on me. June 2, 2011 at 12:29pm Reply

  • maggiecat: My very favorite is the Chanel Eau de Cologne. It’s easy to wear anytime of year, but i especially love it during our uber-hot North Texas summers. Simply perfect! June 2, 2011 at 12:31pm Reply

  • Victoria: >>steam-pressed, clean cut demeanour

    What a great description! I also find Mugler Cologne to be very distinctive. June 2, 2011 at 1:12pm Reply

  • Victoria: No worries! 🙂 June 2, 2011 at 1:12pm Reply

  • Victoria: Oh, two other excellent choices and very interesting. Shaal Nur seems to me like an incense laden fresh Shalimar twist. I wear it year round, but it is esp great in the summer. June 2, 2011 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Fernando: Maybe it’s not hot enough here in Maine…

    My problem is longevity, as in lack of. They all disappear on me! June 2, 2011 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Victoria: I have not tried Mirto, but now it is on my list to try. Thank you! June 2, 2011 at 1:14pm Reply

  • Victoria: Mmmm, Cristalle as a nightgown sounds just perfect on a hot summer night… June 2, 2011 at 1:14pm Reply

  • Victoria: I just saw that Pour Le Jeune Homme was launched in an intense version. Sounds interesting. June 2, 2011 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Victoria: I also love Cristalle Eau Verte. You are right about Les Exclusifs being light enough for the warm weather. Bel Respiro and 28 La Pausa are especially wonderful and they bloom beautifully in the balmy air. June 2, 2011 at 1:16pm Reply

  • Victoria: Sounds like my own epiphany! I have been enjoying citrus fragrances more and more, and it is interesting to see how different accents can make for some very distinctive sensations. June 2, 2011 at 1:18pm Reply

  • Victoria: Yes, Eau d’Hermes is too animalic for me too, but I love to smell it anyway.

    Citrus colognes do turn quite quickly, especially in the top notes. It is best to use them up quickly. June 2, 2011 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Victoria: Mandragore and Neroli are definitely excellent, although Mandragore does not last particularly well on me. I love all of your other choices too. June 2, 2011 at 1:22pm Reply

  • Victoria: I miss Institut Très Bien fragrances… June 2, 2011 at 1:23pm Reply

  • Victoria: Nicola, you are right about Cartier Declaration, it is a great choice and close to Eau d’Hermes (with a milder cumin note.)

    If you like cool incense fragrances, also try Van Cleef et Arpels Cologne Noire. June 2, 2011 at 1:24pm Reply

  • Victoria: Eau de Rochas is a classic, while your other mentions are fantastic too. June 2, 2011 at 1:24pm Reply

  • Victoria: You are right, Eau de Cartier is technically a cologne. I enjoy it very much, especially given its combination of bright cucumbery violet leaf and yuzu zest. June 2, 2011 at 1:26pm Reply

  • Victoria: March, Francesca, I agree on Eau du Sud. It is probably the cumin note that puts people off. I wear it often too, but I have a soft spot for Eau d’Hadrien. It was the first Goutal I’ve ever discovered. Plus, it is a niche classic. June 2, 2011 at 1:28pm Reply

  • Victoria: Thank you, Linda! I am glad that you enjoyed it. Colognes is such a fun genre. Instant refreshment!
    Sometimes I even keep small decants of colognes in my fridge for an extra burst of freshness. June 2, 2011 at 1:29pm Reply

  • Victoria: I would include all of those! They are certainly bright, sparkling and light. Guerlain Vetiver pour Elle is another great option. June 2, 2011 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Victoria: Me too!! It is a fantastically versatile fragrance. June 2, 2011 at 1:31pm Reply

  • Victoria: Lemon especially is associated with the cleaning products. Most unfortunately link… June 2, 2011 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Victoria: Caron Eaux de Cologne are very good! I also like their Eau de Reglisse. June 2, 2011 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Victoria: Cannot agree more! Versatile, elegant and very easy to wear. June 2, 2011 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Victoria: Colognes are generally not meant to last a very long time, unless they have particularly rich base notes. Chanel Eau de Cologne in particular lasts well, because of the musks in the drydown. Same for Mugler Cologne. June 2, 2011 at 1:34pm Reply

  • Lavanya: I am not usually a huge fan of colognes but these sound perfect for the summer (I am already dreading August which is usually very hot in SoCal)..I think Jo Malone Orange Blossom would be lovely in the heat as would BK Love and tears (since it evokes wet petals).I have enjoyed wearing Andy’s Incense Extreme in the summer as well- I don’t find it comforting enough to wear in winter but it is spare and perfect in summer. June 2, 2011 at 1:41pm Reply

  • Musette: Ditto that! I would follow up with Imperiale because it is my favorite for headaches.

    My other loves:

    Cartier Brillante (luckily it holds awhile – it’d better, given the hefty pricepoint)
    Chanel Eau de Cologne (again with the tenacity re pricepoint)
    4711 – always (even on the days I’m not loving it)
    Agraria Bitter Orange – Constant Comment iced tea in spray form
    Guerlain Vetiver (the original) which I use as cologne

    ps. Ha! on the Eau No June 2, 2011 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Parfymerad: Yes I totally agree, there’s an amazing number of variations on the standard cologne template

    Has anyone mentioned O de Lancome yet? The classic is the one I know best, but I quite liked the new neroli one; & then Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert is lovely too. June 2, 2011 at 3:06pm Reply

  • Wm. Starkey Kean: Love Eau de Rochas Homme and Gianfranco Ferre’s Bergamotto Marino June 2, 2011 at 3:21pm Reply

  • Lily: My favourites are the Mugler cologne, Guerlain vetiver, acqua di Parma Toscana (in the little blue bottle!) and the Chanel, though I refuse to buy it as it lasts mere moments on me.

    Also love Hadrian but have not felt compelled to buy.

    V, what do you think of the acqua do Parma cologne range? I’m considering whether I need a bottle of Colonia Assoluta at present… 🙂 June 2, 2011 at 3:39pm Reply

  • Lily: Forgot to add – am also like others fond of the Roger & Gallett cologne which is cheap and refreshing. Something about cristalle eau vert is slightly screechy to me but I like it on others. June 2, 2011 at 3:41pm Reply

  • Maja: I wear colognes year-round:) mugler cologne, eau d’orange vert and eau de rochas being my favourite. love cristalle, too.

    Would love to try bigarade!

    ps. during summer elisabeth arden’s green tea smells great on some people 🙂 June 2, 2011 at 4:05pm Reply

  • carmencanada: Joining in the love for Eau Sauvage — I treasure the small quantity of original formula I have, so just take it out for a sniff every now and then — and Chanel Eau de Cologne. Cartier L’Heure Brillante is an absolutely fascinating piece of work but again, I just have a tiny decant, so for the big splash, I go for Eau du Sud whose chypre-ish vibe I love. For people going to Paris, you can buy it in a plain bottle for less than the Goutal prices at a store called Merci, which is owned by Annick Goutal’s sister. Part of the proceeds go to helping charities dedicated to the women and children of Madagascar. Not affiliated! June 2, 2011 at 4:39pm Reply

  • behemot: I love Eau d”Orange Vert, Bugari Green tea ( my favorite), AG Ninfeo Mio and Caron Pour Un Homme.
    Want to try Cristalle this summer.
    There is no heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, where I live. Today the highs are 52-53 F.I am wearing Eau de Merveilles, which I like a lot in a hot weather. June 2, 2011 at 5:10pm Reply

  • karin: I know! I didn’t have the opportunity to try them all. They closed down soon after I purchased the Francaise… June 2, 2011 at 6:05pm Reply

  • karin: I’m wearing VpE today…love it. 🙂 June 2, 2011 at 6:05pm Reply

  • Breck: Talk about synchronicity! I picked out Chanel Eau de Cologne this afternoon to try again and thought, ‘Wait, I had better reacquaint myself with what the reviews tell’. Did a search here (one of my favorites for reviews) and what did I find? I found my cologne reviewed TODAY! Ha! I agree with you on this one. Just another cologne, not. June 2, 2011 at 7:39pm Reply

  • Victoria: I agree on Incense Extreme as a great summer incense. It is cool and mineral, which is so nice on a warm day.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:42pm Reply

  • Victoria: Oh, yes! Thank you for mentioning those two. I just got a bottle of The Vert for my husband, it has such a great sillage.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:46pm Reply

  • Victoria: Bergamotto Marino is another very good citrus. Love its brightness.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:47pm Reply

  • Victoria: I love AdP range in general, and Colonia with all of its variations is very good. There is something slightly retro about it, yet it does not feel dated. Colonia Assoluta is quite elegant, in my opinion, given its richer, plusher character.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:50pm Reply

  • Victoria: Cristalle Eau Verte is screechy, which is not unpleasant on a hot day, but otherwise it can get a bit jarring.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:51pm Reply

  • Victoria: Sounds like a beautiful cologne wardrobe! 🙂
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:51pm Reply

  • Victoria: Thank you, I've never heard of Merci, but I will be sure to check it out.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:52pm Reply

  • Victoria: Eau de Merveilles is excellent, and I also wear it year round. The parfum version is for the winter evenings, however. 🙂
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:53pm Reply

  • Victoria: What a shame! I loved all of their fragrances.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:54pm Reply

  • Victoria: You smell fantastic! 🙂
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:54pm Reply

  • Victoria: Nice timing on our parts, isn't it! 🙂 Chanel is usually elegance all the way, and I am not surprised that they managed to render the classical theme with such a great polish.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:56pm Reply

  • Victoria: Completely with you on Agraria! That bold spicy note paired with orange is so appealing.
    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile June 2, 2011 at 7:56pm Reply

  • Robert: I tend to have bad luck with citrusy frags. They all seem to be way too short-lived for me to really enjoy. Eau Sauvage smells good for about 15 minutes. Then the show’s over! Once in a while I find a rich citrus that works (Signoricci 1 and 2 seem to last a bit), but straight up classic citrus scents fade too fast.

    This is just a request, so feel free to ignore it, but I’d really like to see a post like this offering summer alternatives to these. Maybe a list of greens, florals, and/or incense scents that could play a similar role in the summer for those of us who don’t have luck with citrusy fragrances. Just a thought…thanks! June 2, 2011 at 11:55pm Reply

  • ash: Living in the tropics, citrusy fragrances are staples for me. No mentions of the Monsieurs here so I will name-check them: Monsieur de Givenchy and Monsieur Balmain! 🙂 June 3, 2011 at 1:52am Reply

  • Olga Bodnar Talyn: I love the green, fresh top notes in Fidji. it transports me to the cool breezes of the tropics. I still have an unopened bottle i have been saving. The green chypre of ivoire is another favorite. It first hits me with a clean crispness. Blue Grass( the first perfume I ever bought for myself as a teenager in the 60’s still brings back feelings of rolling down green hills with laughter. June 3, 2011 at 1:57pm Reply

  • KathyT: I used to dislike citrus notes on fragrance, but I am starting to love them now in the heat. I’ve pulled out Eau de Rochas, Hierbas de Ibiza, L’Occitane Verbena, Eau de Guerlain Imperiale, and Chanel Eau de Cologne (I need a bottle). I recently got a small bottle of Atelier Oolang Infini which is very refreshing and long lasting, and they sent samples of Bois Blonds and Grand Neroli – I might need bottles of these two as well! I’m surprised that I haven’t tried many of the colognes on your list, so I am going to take the list with me to the mall to find as many as possible. Thanks for putting this list together. June 3, 2011 at 4:30pm Reply

  • julie: I love colognes and citrus-y scents. I am dying to try the Chanel and Malles, but nowhere nearby to sample. My favorites are:
    AA Mandarine Basilic
    AA Herba Fresca
    L’Eau de L’Artisan
    PdN L’eau Mixte

    All of the Ateliers are nice and longer lasting than most colognes. If I didn’t alrady have the AA Mandarine, I would buy a bottle of Orange Sanguine immediately! June 3, 2011 at 5:51pm Reply

  • Rowanhill: For the Top Ten your list is excellent. From my personal collection I would add Acqua di Parma Colonia, Eau de Rochas, AG Ninfeo Mio, Dior Escale a Portofino and a white linen shirt. June 27, 2011 at 11:42am Reply

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