Ice cold, vibrant or spicy? Debenhams has a men’s summer scent for every personality
Ahead of Father’s Day (which is on Sunday 15 June, by the way), some of the best-known men’s fragrance brands have released limited edition summer versions of their most popular scents, all of which are handily available from Debenhams. So, what’s on offer, and what are these summer scents like?
Paul Smith – Sunshine Eau de Toilette for Men (£26)
Describing itself as a “glorious reflection of summer radiance”, Paul Smith Sunshine is the fragrance for those long, hot summers we rarely get.
Still, if it ends up raining you can at least recreate your own tropical climate out on the town. We like how this scent is a “citrus, spicy cocktail of nutmeg, black pepper and coriander leaves… sharpened by grapefruit and starfruit, fading into a cedarwood base.”
The sun illustration on the bottle (pictured above) – the motif that Paul Smith himself uses to sign his mail – is a cute touch, too.
Issey Miyake – L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Summer Eau de Toilette (£40)
You’d better start practising your French if you plan to go and ask for this Issey Miyake fragrance instore, as its name is a bit of a mouthful.
It’s another impressive looking bottle, though – in blue again (obviously this summer’s colour of choice) – and its “vibrant, woody fruity fragrance…. full of masculinity constructed around the energetic freshness of kiwi” certainly floats our boat.
Calvin Klein – Eternity Summer for Men Eau de Toilette (£36)
You can never go wrong with Calvin Klein – the bottle that we picked up at Brussels Airport years ago is still going strong – and Eternity Summer seems to hit all the right spots.
This bottle may not be as showy as some of the other summer scents, but then Eternity Summer is all about a more chilled, relaxing vibe. The fragrance, we’re told, “captures a peaceful and alluring day at the beach”, opening with “an effervescent burst of juniper berry, adding a boost of energy to juicy pear, fresh basil and watermelon.”
But that’s not all… apparently “the crisp aromatics of cardamom, lavender and thyme infuse a sense of masculinity and coolness into the heart, while modern amber, sandalwood and solar musks lend a luminous warmth and sensual, summertime feel.”
We reckon that’s at least ten different fruit, herb and spice flavours mixed in there, but we always trust Calvin Klein to come up with a recipe that allures.
Jean Paul Gaultier – Le Male Summer Eau de Toilette (£40)
We adore the seductively curvy blue bottle of this JPG scent, which is just as bold and creative as you’d expect from the guy whose career has embraced everything from Madonna’s cone bra to the wardrobe of The Fifth Element (still one of our favourite films of all time – even though it stars Bruce Willis).
Choose this fragrance if, as the blurb tells us, you fancy putting “a new angle on freshness with ice-cold notes pushed right to the limit.” Meanwhile, much as we love the bottle’s distinctive and eyecatching motif, we’re not sure we quite get the bit about how “Le Male has transformed: all powerful, he has the strength of an octopus.” Best not to think too much about where ‘Le Male’ is putting his tentacles.
Happily, thanks to the lovely folks at Debenhams, we have a bottle of Le Male Summer Eau de Toilette to give away to a lucky Fashion & Style Directory reader. We’ll be revealing details of how you can win it later this week, so keep an eye on our homepage – and on our Twitter and Facebook – to make sure you don’t miss the all-important announcement. You know it makes summer scents 😉
Prices quoted are all correct as of 2 June 2014, but may be subject to change.