Backyard barbecues, roof top parties and lazy Sunday brunches make up just a fraction of the activities on my summer social calendar. A summer this jam-packed calls for a diverse wardrobe and an equally diverse set of scents to go along with it. After all, no ensemble is complete without a full-bodied fragrance. With the help of Dolce & Gabbana, Kenneth Cole and Original Penguin, I curated a collection of summer scents that will stand up to just about any social adventure I embark on this season.
dolce & gabbana LIGHT BLUE: BEAUTY OF CAPRI
Could there be a summer vacation destination more glamorous than the Italian island of Capri? Dolce & Gabbana captures the colors and aromas of Capri in a limited edition fragrance that has become an instant favorite of mine. Beauty of Capri is inspired by the honeysuckle flowers that blossom on the island itself while also combining sweet-smelling neroli and fresh marine notes with Sichuan pepper. Don’t be fooled like I was by the bottle’s effervescent appearance either. Because of its powerful woodiness and reminiscence of myrrh, this scent makes a sexy statement at any formal summer affair.
kenneth cole MANKIND HERO
Everything you want from an everyday fragrance can be found in Kenneth Cole’s Mankind Hero. What starts as a blast of fresh mountain air with bright notes of Italian lemon transforms into a warm fragrance full of plum wood, clary sage, white moss and vanilla infusion. This courageous, yet congenial, scent will make you a hero at any casual outdoor occasion—like a barbecue or a pool party.
original penguin ORIGINAL BLEND
Only Original Penguin can provide a refreshing cologne experience that lasts all day long, even in the dead of summer. Their Original Blend bottles up bursts of Italian bergamot, kaffir, lime and crisp apple. An aquatic fougère like this deserves to be worn aboard a yacht or at the beach where the ocean air will only compliment the scent’s infusion of lavender, nutmeg and suede.
Having multiple fragrances in your arsenal this summer will only help to sophisticate your style and elevate your experiences in exciting ways. Just as you shouldn’t wear the same pair of shorts (no matter how comfortable) to every summer shindig, you shouldn’t wear the same fragrance either. You never know, a couple of cologne change-ups could make this a summer you never forget.