The summer heat requires an overhaul not just in our wardrobes and make-up, but also in the scents we wear. The heavy, opulent fragrances so popular in winter can seem overpowering and cloying when the sun is shining and the temperatures are rising. Perfect for the warmer months is a fresh, zingy scent with citrus at its core, and these are some of the best.

The new range of fragrances from The Organic Pharmacy is uber-covetable with its luxurious packaging and as the name suggests, is 100% organic. Containing no artificial fragrances, colours, no phthalates and no animal ingredients, Citron is one of four fragrances in the range. Inspired by the incredible scenery of the Southern Italian Riviera, it combines the freshness of Italian Lemon and Bergamot with cool sophistication. The two top notes give way to the exotic scents of Moroccan Orange Blossom and Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Neroli. Sensual and uplifting, this is one of the must-have scents for summer.

Michael Boadi’s Illuminum Bergamot Blossom is hugely popular, thanks to Kate Middleton choosing to wear it on her wedding day. The scent of the Bergamot blossom, as piquant and crisp as a summer’s walk through Mediterranean Lemon groves on a summer evening is refreshing and uplifting. Lemon, blood orange Tunisian Neroli and Musk intertwine to create a sweet yet sharp citrus scent that is quintessentially summer.

Odin Owari comes from the cult store in New York. This gorgeous cult scent opens up with the scent of rare Mandarins from the Japanese province of Owari and freshly crushed Grapefruit Leaves, giving way to sensual base notes of Golden Amber and Tonkin Musk from the Chinese mountains. From America to the Far East, this unisex fragrance takes you on a tour of the world.

World famous perfumers Czech & Speake have created Citrus Paradisi, a wonderful balance of Californian Grapefruit, aromatic Rosemary, spicy Coriander and Pepper and earthy Sage. The sweetness of Ambergris and the sensuous golden Civet makes this a truly memorable choice for the discerning man.

Another great citrus scent for men comes from Burberry, appropriately called Summer for Men. This citrus, aqueous woody fragrance is perfect for those looking for a touch of citrus in their scent without it overpowering the whole fragrance. Yuzu leaves and Mandarin top notes are followed with aromatic Mint and Juniper berries at the heart, followed by Thyme, Cedar Wood, Sandalwood, Amber and Musk, making this a very multi-dimensional and wearable scent.

– Ambarina Hasan

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