11 Spring Fragrances That’ll Have You Smelling Good All Season

As is the case with fashion, the fragrance world is made up of distinct seasons; each packed with new launches to encourage you to ditch your current rotation in favour of something fancier, fresher and altogether better fitting for the months ahead.

Even if you’re yet to feel the thaw, there’s no harm in being prepared (in fact, if there’s any season that requires it, it’s spring). So we’ve done the leg-, err, nose-work to compile the 11 best new fragrances for men worth sniffing, out and the classics they smell like, so you know you’re onto a winner.

Prada L’Homme Prada Water Splash

Part of the appeal of any Prada fragrance is the tactile nature of the etched leather and the eye-catching, original prints on the packaging. Smother a bottle in all of that, and you’ve already got most stylish guys reaching for their wallet. Add a pleasing, summer-ready scent that includes neroli, green mandarin, and a dash of ginger on a cedar-sandalwood base, and it’s in the bag. Wear this one to a summer wedding, and it’ll always be the first thing people compliment.

 

Prada L’Homme Prada Water Splash

Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino Forte Eau De ParfumTom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino Forte Eau De Parfum

Burberry Mr. Burberry Indigo Eau De ToiletteBurberry Mr. Burberry Indigo Eau De Toilette

Dior Eau Sauvage Eau De ParfumDior Eau Sauvage Eau De Parfum

 

 

Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana

Acqua Di Parma has long set the standard in smelling good, especially when it comes to the brand’s ever-expanding Blu Mediterraneo collection. Each fragrance focuses on the provenance of a particular plant or fruit; we’ve got figs from Amalfi, oranges from Capri, cedar from Taormino and myrtle from Panarea. Now, Cipresso di Toscana takes us to the cypress groves of Tuscany via transportive notes of petitgrain, star anise, pine, sage and lavandin. Just imagine the sun on your back on an Italian country path, with nothing but the lazy buzz of an insect to break the silence and you’re practically there.

 

Acqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscana

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau De ToiletteJean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau De Toilette

Givenchy Gentleman Eau De ParfumGivenchy Gentleman Eau De Parfum

Gucci Gucci Guilty Eau De ToiletteGucci Gucci Guilty Eau De Toilette

Montblanc Explorer

The work of three top perfumers behind the likes of Paco Rabanne 1 Million, Burberry Brit and Davidoff Horizon, Montblanc Explorer not only smells good but does good too. The slightly woody fragrance uses ingredients from a sustainable sourcing program that invests in the communities that produce them. With vetiver, patchouli, pink pepper, clary sage, bergamot, the overall accord gives off ‘rich uncle with a sports car’ vibes (in a good way). The leather-clad bottle is a nice object in itself too, like an artfully crafted paperweight, just waiting to compliment one of the brand’s fancy pens.

 

Montblanc Explorer

Boss Bottled Tonic Eau De ToiletteBoss Bottled Tonic Eau De Toilette

Creed Himalaya Eau De ParfumCreed Himalaya Eau De Parfum

Ralph Lauren Polo Green Eau De ToiletteRalph Lauren Polo Green Eau De Toilette

Boss Bottled Infinite

Another flanker in the Boss Bottled story, this time it’s ‘Infinite’. In a 200ml bottle, it would appear it’s infinite only in name, but it does have the typical fresh, woody appeal that the brand promises. There’s green apple again, with the ever-popular patchouli, lavender and sandalwood, plus cinnamon and a hint of olive tree. Plus, if it’s good enough for Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth…

 

Boss Bottled Infinite

Terre Dhermes Eau Tres Fraiche Eau De ToiletteTerre Dhermes Eau Tres Fraiche Eau De Toilette

Issey Miyake Leau Majeure Dissey Eau De ToiletteIssey Miyake Leau Majeure Dissey Eau De Toilette

Azzaro Wanted Eau De ToiletteAzzaro Wanted Eau De Toilette

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Night Vision

Eccentric design duo Viktor & Rolf are to this generation what Jean-Paul Gaultier was to the last: obscure but brilliant, with bold, accessible scents for all. With ‘bomb’ in the name, you know this flanker of the 2012 original isn’t a shy, retiring wallflower type of men’s fragrance. The explosive green apple top dies back to the more familiar spicy territory. Despite what the name suggests, you won’t be able to see it in the dark, but people will probably be able to smell you coming.

 

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Night Vision

Bulgari Man Wood Essence Eau De ParfumBulgari Man Wood Essence Eau De Parfum

Diesel Bad Intense Eau De ParfumDiesel Bad Intense Eau De Parfum

Yves Saint Laurent Y For Men Eau De ToiletteYves Saint Laurent Y For Men Eau De Toilette

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua

Tom Ford’s love of the Italian Riviera runs deep. We doubt he’s familiar with the traditional beach clubs there, which usually involve long queues, tickets, finding the last empty sun lounger fifty rows back from the sea, on a beach so crowded it looks like breeding season in a penguin colony. No, his version would include a wild and secluded pine-fringed cove, waves lapping gently at the shoreline, a single yacht bobbing in the distance, and the mix of salty, sun-warmed skin in the air. And that’s precisely what Costa Azzura Acqua smells like. Heaven.

 

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Eau De ToiletteDolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Eau De Toilette

Chanel Bleu De Chanel Eau De ParfumChanel Bleu De Chanel Eau De Parfum

Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue Eau De ToiletteVersace Pour Homme Dylan Blue Eau De Toilette

Armani Code Absolu

For the launch of Code Absolu, Armani has tapped Ryan Reynolds as its face; no doubt because of his annoyingly good looks and some of that famously dry, self-deprecating humour. Does he wear it? Unlikely. Perhaps some of his A-list fairy dust will rub off on us if we do? Even more unlikely. We’d even guess he’s probably giggling somewhere at his billboard black tie selfie. Still, with orange blossom, nutmeg and tonka bean, it smells damn good. Next time, can we have it with the Deadpool commentary? Now, that’s a fragrance ad we’d like to see.

 

Armani Code Absolu

Dolce & Gabbana The One For Men Eau De ParfumDolce & Gabbana The One For Men Eau De Parfum

Paco Rabanne Pure Xs Night Eau De ParfumPaco Rabanne Pure Xs Night Eau De Parfum

Cartier Lenvol De Cartier Eau De ParfumCartier Lenvol De Cartier Eau De Parfum

Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme

Ever moved into a new apartment and couldn’t wait to rip the carpet out? Living with someone else’s taste can be awkward, so spare a thought for Alessandro Michele. When the Italian fashion designer got the top job at Gucci, he immediately set about making drastic changes. But he can only tinker with the fashion house’s fragrance collection so much. Why? Because it makes truckloads of cash. One of the main reasons for this is the Gucci Guilty franchise, the latest of which is a herbal, soapy cologne with powdery notes of violet, rosemary and patchouli. It’s another of Michele’s gender-blending designs fronted by his dandily suited muse, Jared Leto (who else?).

 

Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme

Mugler Alien Man Eau De ToiletteMugler Alien Man Eau De Toilette

Fierce CologneFierce Cologne

Versace Eros Eau De ToiletteVersace Eros Eau De Toilette

Hermès Un Jardin Sur La Lagune

The garden collection by Hermès is like discovering someone’s travel album. You may never have been to India during the monsoon, journeyed up the Nile, or visited the roof garden above the French label’s Paris headquarters, but these fragrances offer an olfactory snapshot of what it would be like. Un Jardin Sur La Lagune, a scented portrait of the Venetian lagoon (thankfully, devoid of tourists and belching cruise ships), features flowering magnolia and Madonna lily and a salty, aquatic edge. It’s like carrying a little piece of paradise around with you.

 

Hermès Un Jardin Sur La Lagune

Dolce & Gabbana Pour HommeDolce & Gabbana Pour Homme

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Apom Pour HommeMaison Francis Kurkdjian Apom Pour Homme

Kiehl’s Original MuskKiehl's Original Musk

Dunhill Signature Collection Arabian Desert

Dunhill’s new Signature Collection, available exclusively at Harrods, is a quartet of scents designed (we imagine) to capture the international mix of tastes that flow through the doors of London’s most luxurious department store. The headline fragrance, Arabian Desert — which sits alongside Indian Sandalwood, Moroccan Amber and British Leather concoctions — has notes of pink pepper, rose and oud. It’s an exotic and expensive combination, perfect for those wanting to smell like the global one per cent.

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Dunhill Signature Collection Arabian Desert

Wonderoud Eau De Parfum 100mlWonderoud Eau De Parfum 100ml

Byredo Oud Immortel Eau De ParfumByredo Oud Immortel Eau De Parfum

Giorgio Armani Eau De Nuit OudGiorgio Armani Eau De Nuit Oud

Calvin Klein Eternity Flame For Men

Even Hollywood knows that blockbuster sequels offer diminishing returns. So with an era-defining scent like Eternity from the nineties, you’d think Calvin Klein should probably stop diluting the name with new editions and remind us how great the original is instead. But then they go and drop an update like Eternity Flame. A sweet-smelling scent composed of pineapple, rosemary and labdanum, even if it’s only a holiday romance this spring, it’ll keep you smelling a lot better than your natural, slightly stinky self.

 

Calvin Klein Eternity Flame For Men

Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli CologneJo Malone Amber & Patchouli Cologne

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra Eau De Cologne ConcentréeAcqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra Eau De Cologne Concentrée

Le Labo Another 13 Eau De ParfumLe Labo Another 13 Eau De Parfum

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