It’s that time of year again, when the Sunday Game makes a welcome return to our screens, politicians and teachers are trying to recall where they haven’t been on holidays yet and Ireland is glorious between the showers. When the summer does eventually grace us with its presence it’s vital to be prepared. Obviously there isn’t a dramatic difference between summer and winter wardrobes in this county but one area you can certainly update is your aftershave collection.
Smelling good is a very simple way to get people to like you, it’s genuinely that simple. When you lean in to talk to a young lady on a night out and she is greeted by the exotic aroma of the base notes, she’ll be hooked. The juxtaposition of your lingering waft contrasting with the traditional pub smells of farts, sweat and cheap perfume will set you on the right path from the get go.
I always like to have a collection of scents which I can use depending on a number of factors; time of day, weather, or simply my mood. In anticipation of the season ahead here are a few of the best options for warm weather nights out. Or of course you could just wear 1 Million Paco Rabanne like every other lad in the country.
CK One Summer
Inspired by tropical sea fading into the horizon, so at least it’s something we can all identify with in Ireland. The bottle is very summery and while the heart notes are green tea, the base notes are musk with a citrus scent. This bad boy has a fresh energising scent, great for chatting up hippies at festivals.
Eau de Lacoste Jaune
I genuinely bought this one for the bottle alone, a cracking colour. To be fair to the latest release from Lacoste it’s one of their better fragrances. It’s fresh and citrusy like most summer scents, with an aromatic-woody base made of cypress accords. Apparently this scent represents “sunshine rays in a bottle and triggers optimism, joy and positive energy.” And here was me thinking that was just a pint bottle of Bulmer’s. The downside for me is my usual gripe with Lacoste - the longevity isn’t really there. I’ll get about three hours from this one.
Thierry Mugler A*Men Ultra Zest
I’m always been a fan of Thierry Mugler and was really looking for to getting a whiff of the latest offering. I love it. The initial scent a fusion of blood orange and mandarin, this fades to reveal a sweet coffee scent. It’s one of those aftershaves that gets comments from people, even strangers on nights out. Reviews I’ve read indicate it’s a grower so if it’s not for you at first give it a chance, like most of the girls I’ve dated recently when I think about it.
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
The bottle art is possibly unfairly the stand out feature of the latest in the JPG range. Yet this is still a quality summer fragrance. Le Male Summer 2015 offers lavender, mint and cardamom notes accompanied by grass and green leaves on a base of musk, vanilla, and creamy sandalwood. The tagline reads “fresh, sexy, combining virility and sensitivity” which interestingly is the description on my Tinder profile.
Probably not everybody’s fist though for a summer fragrance, but for me with the top notes of mint, lemon and apple I’m immediately transported to day-dreams of warmer times. It’s a bit of a different fragrance, a mix of a woody yet oriental scent. Not every guy is a fan of vanilla base notes but for me it works seamlessly here. "This is a fragrance for a man who is his own master. He is a hero: a man who defends their ideas and goals," stated Donatella Versace. She must be following me on Twitter.