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Have your valet pop up and pick up one of these four summery citrus fragrances for men—all under $100. (Let him keep the change.)
When Clinique Happy for Men premiered in 1999, I romanced the citrus thing like nobody’s business, and still do. It was, I think, a direct result of an early-on obsession with Clinique. I thought I was smarter, more sophisticated—and better looking!—because I washed my face with a special bar of yellow soap and used a toner. Such urbanity! These four fresh and citrus fragrances under $100 are my new go-to choices when it comes to fresh scents and those laced with mandarin, bergamot and lime.
Top: Rosemary, melon, galbanum (an intense green scent)
Middle: Water, violet, cyclamen
Base: Musk, moss, vetiver
A refreshing aquatic with bright vetiver opting in for the citrus; a nice beachy scent for the cottage, on the speedboat, for both lawn darts and the polo match. The cyclamen warms up the watery-ness.
$88 (100 ml), www.thebay.com
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Top: Lychee, mandarin, lotus, bergamot
Middle: Sea, orange, rosewood
Base: Tonka bean, amber, musk
This is a new, daytime version of the classic Red juice, all grown up—but still very British. It’s not quite as sweet and a lot greener than its predecessor.
$40 (50 ml), www.perfume.com
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Top: Ivy, bergamot
Middle: White pepper, jasmine, suede
Base: Guaiac wood (a tar-like scent), tonka bean, amber
Bright and ambery, woody and spicy, this fragrance will surprise men who have written Calvin Klein juices off for being too mainstream. This is really nice.
$94 (100 ml), www.thebay.com
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Middle: Green, water
Base: Guaiac wood, licorice
Oh give me lime, lots of lime, under sun-ny skies a-bove! Green and woody, urban and urbane. This is a city scent for sure, yet it smells like you’d rather be at the beach.
$81 (100 ml), www.lacoste.com
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