Brilliant And Unconventional Summer Fragrances

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If you are looking for an exclusive and unconventional fragrance, it will most likely come with a price tag. These fragrances can be difficult to obtain and are probably not found among the usual suspects at the airport or even in ordinary scent shops. It may be advisable to read a little about the nature of the fragrance and then order a small sample online, to test on your skin and see how it develops. Namely, a scent can develop differently on the skin over time. This is why you should first understand how the fragrance is built. Much like musical notes make up a song, fragrance notes are necessary to create a beautiful scent.

A fragrance is typically divided into three major notes. Top notes will be your first impression of a fragrance and evaporate after approximately fifteen to thirty minutes. The middle notes are considered the heart of the fragrance. They last longer than the top notes and have a strong influence on the base notes to come. The base notes are those that last longest on your skin and appear after the top and middle notes have faded. 

Now that you understand the basics, let's consider which fragrances are suitable for the summer season. A summer fragrance should encapsulate the scents you associate with the ocean, the fruits, and peppery notes. To help you find a scent that speaks to your personality, we've compiled a list of the ten utterly brilliant and unconventional summer fragrances for men.

Creed Royal Mayfair
Supposedly originally commissioned by the Duke of Windsor in 1936, 
Creed Royal Mayfair is elegant, fresh, and effortless. Top notes are British gin, Jamaican lime, and Scottish highland pine. Middle notes are roses while base notes are Bahamian orange, Canadian cedarwood, and Australian eucalyptus.

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Le Labo Bergamote 22
This fragrance opens with a beautiful and realistic scent of citruses, that continues throughout all the notes. It’s fresh with a touch of woody character renowned as one of the finest bergamot fragrances on the market. It’s simple but elegant, and it can be worn throughout the day, in both casual and formal occasions.

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Memo Paris Morrocan Leather
With notes of iris butter, vetiver fraction oil, and leather accord, this fragrance is inspired by travels to an ancient city of Chefchaouen in Morocco with its warm breeze wafting through the palm trees. This complex, sophisticated scent is equally suitable for men and women. It is your North African adventure in a bottle.

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Santa Maria Novella Melograno Acqua Di Colonia
The composition of the tart taste of pomegranate with an insistent powdery undertone makes Santa Maria Novella the classic fragrance, perfect for day or night. This unisex fragrance summons warm, welcoming feelings, an appropriate interpretation of Northern Italy – especially its city of origin, Florence.

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Floris No. 89
If you want the original James Bond fragrance, the one the spy “actually” wears in the books, then buy this one. Orange and bergamot blended with lavender and neroli give No.89 its classical cologne aspect. A touch of spicy nutmeg, cedarwood, and vetiver add to a quintessentially British gentleman’s scent.

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Eight & Bob Cap D’Antibes
Created in 1938, Cap D’Antibes is an aromatic and sophisticated fragrance that begins with green, fresh notes of birch, mint and violet leaves, evolving in a spicy, aromatic heart and ends in a woody, yet the rich base of cedar wood accompanied by vanilla and incense. Recreate the feeling of sun, sailing, and extravagant parties with the elite of European aristocracy in the 1930s.

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Byredo Bal d’Afrique
This is a brilliant summer fragrance that is perfect for daytime wear. Bal d’Afrique is inoffensive and likable, making it a great choice to wear on a casual day. This fragrance is also quite playful, where florals blend perfectly with the fruits in the opening and the base note of black amber, providing you with this scent that is both fresh and sweet.

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Maison Margiela "Replica" Sailing Day
Sailing Day is a fresh fragrance that recalls the memory of summer and the sea through aromatic and pure notes of aquatic accord, iris, and red seaweed. While it can be found at Sephora, it is still a niche fragrance. A journey filled with discoveries where the forces of marine flora bring back the memories of diving.

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Histoires de Parfums 1899 Hemingway
The night belongs to those who know how to live it. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's famous novel Paris Est Une Fête, this fragrance is a perfect combination of spices and aromatics. Cinnamon, orange blossom, jasmine, and iris are mixed with amber base notes, enhanced by musk, creamy vanilla, cedar, and vetiver.

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Armaf Club de Nuit Intense
This is a masculine woody fragrance that opens with fruity notes of lemon, apple, and blackcurrant leading to its opulent floral heart of rose and jasmine spiced up with birch to add a smoky leather nuance. The base includes vanilla, ambergris, musk, and patchouli and reminds a lot of Creed Aventus.

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