High-Low: Aromatic blue scents for summer

High-Low: Aromatic blue scents for summer

Get the jump on summer in your own special cloud of wood, citrus and leather that are summer-fresh, wearable and manly. These bold and blue woody aromatics are not shy, but they don’t hit you over the head either.

HIGH: Chanel Bleu de Chanel

First Launched: 2010

First Impression: Sharp and spicy, like a blanket of instant refinement

Top: Labdanum, nutmeg, ginger, mint
Middle:, grapefruit, lemon, jasmine
Base: Vetiver, incense, cedar, sandalwood, musk

Best For: A first date, a second date, a third date, you get my drift.

Biggest Fan: The dandy who wishes his entire wardrobe was bespoke right down to the shoes. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

Chanel Bleu de Chanel EDP, $138 (100 ml), www.thebay.com

LOW: Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Blanc

First Launched: 2014

First Impression: A comforting but spicy shot of summer with a grapefruit kiss chaser

Top: Grapefruit, rosemary, cardamom
Middle: Ylang-ylang, tuberose
Base: Cedar, leather, vetiver

Best For: Breakfast meetings al fresco, lawn tennis afternoons, patio or pool party nights

Biggest Fan: The die-hard who wears Lacoste polo shirts and quite possibly the white sneakers, too.

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc, limited edition, $87 (100 ml), www.sephora.com

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Doug Wallace is a Toronto-based writer who began his fragrance wardrobe with a bottle of the now-iconic Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel and hasn’t looked back. A big fan of scents by houses Lalique and Boucheron, he is currently having a fling with all-things-British, including Clive Christian, Floris and Penhaligon’s. He treasures the dusty shoulders of some of his more aged bottles just as much as he does the shiny young ones.