"Warmer weather can be enjoyed with the fresh green scents that denote spring: citrus colognes, iris, light mossy scents, angelica, etc. Acqua di Parma is a great cologne and so is DS & Durga's Italian Citrus."
Christophe Cervasel, Atelier Cologne
"In spring, it's all about freshness. The best way to achieve this is with citrus notes, green florals, or lighter woods and grasses. Mistral Patchouli is a green leafy patchouli with notes of iris, South African geranium, and Chinese star anise. It evokes the feeling of an ocean breeze."
Carlos Huber, Arquiste Parfumeur
"Because you're not as covered and are outdoors a lot more, be brave and wear something that has a bit more diffusion, more projection; the crisp air will cool it nicely. White florals on men have this cool/warm effect. For example, the gardenia-lavender-vetiver accord of Arquiste Boutonniere No. 7. A classic masculine fragrance is Fougere Royale by Houbigant. It's freshly aromatic and really rich and spicy."
Chad Murawczyk, MiN New York
"When your skin is warm, the scent tends to get amplified. Certain scents perform much better in warmer weather. Laboratorio Olfattivo's Cozumel has an olfactory pyramid infused with some Mexican sun, wafts of aromatic herbs mixed with the intimate smell of men's skin and the wild smells of a distant island... It's a truly new way of capturing male sensuality in perfume."
"It's no different than choosing cotton or linen over wool in your apparel," says hotspot apothecary MiN New York owner Chad Murawczyk of wearing fragrance. "It's best to lighten up in the springtime with perfumes that are more fresh." And while Chad has a "fragrance wardrobe" that he rotates much like other guys tuck away their tweeds and wools. In fact, legendary perfumer Francis Kurkdjian agrees: "Sweet oriental and spicy fragrances should be avoided in springtime, as they might be too sticky or heavy in warmer weather."
To make sure you don't have a murky cloud of scent ruining everyone else's spring-cleaned nostrils, we asked a few dudes in the business for their tips on picking a spring scent. "In the spring, our bodies tend to perspire more. When it warms up, the fragrance diffuses more," explains Barney Bishop, a blogger at FragrantMoments. In other words, when the weather gets hotter, your scent can get stronger.
Click through the slides above to get a clue about how to pick a lighter, cleaner fragrance for the warmer weather. The gentlemen listed here have provided a variety of options—Arquiste's Carlos Huber even suggests a stronger scent for summer, if that suits you—in a diverse price range. The only absolute no-no that all of the boys here agree upon? Don't mix your scents.
"Using deodorant for perfume is like eating potato chips for dinner," says DS & Durga's David Moltz.