Best perfumes for men: Energise yourself with citus burst

From lemon and grapefruit to orange, citrus is a recurring theme in the opening notes of many scents. Here’s our pick of perfumes that stand out because of their citrusy appeal. These are perfumes that can both calm your nerves and energise you with their fresh appeal.

DOLCE AND GABBANA, LIGHT BLUE ITALIAN ZEST POUR HOMME

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BACK IN 2012, Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue was one of 12 scents picked by the Museum of Arts and Design for its ‘Art of Scent 1899 – 2012’ exhibition that examined stylistic developments in the evolution and design of fragrances. Light Blue typifies the quintessential Italian summer scent that conjures images of Capri and the Amalfi coast. For over a decade D&G has kept the flankers coming and citrus has always been in the mix. The 2018 flanker – Italian Zest – is unabashedly citrusy and rides on its zesty appeal. The bottle stays true to the original. The only twist – a lemon yellow cap and Italian Zest emblazoned on it. The opening notes will remind you of the 2007 original, except that this one doesn’t feature juniper berries in its top notes. It’s just the kind of scent that can energise you on a manic work Monday or when you’re heading to the beach deck for a late breakfast when you’re on vacation. It’s a casual, easy to wear fragrance that will please everyone. Except it stays too close to your skin; sillage is quite average. If there’s one reason we’d recommend Light Blue Italian Zest Pour Homme, it’s the cheerful opening notes. It’s all citrus with a blend of grapefruit, Mandarin orange and lemon; but it’s the bergamot - that Italian brands like D&G are partial to, that shines through. It features a spicy heart with notes like rosemary and Sichuan pepper and finishes on a mildly intense note with musk and incense. It’s the citrus notes that define this scent and probably the reasons why you should consider this high-energy scent.

Dolce & Gabbana, Light Blue Italian Zest pour homme costs Rs 5,750/125 ml

CLINIQUE HAPPY FOR MEN

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HERE’S A name that almost captures your emotions on the day you wear it. Happy’s simple and universal appeal lies in its strong Mandarin orange overtone that combines with kaffir lime, Mandarin and also some fresh green notes. Just perfect to lift your spirits and those within close range on any dull day.

ARMANI EAU POUR HOMME GIORGIO ARMANI FOR MEN

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THE CLASSIC Armani ‘cologne’, this 1984 scent is clear evidence that timeless classics never go out of style. It’s the quintessential Italian scent that rounds up some of the world’s best citrus ingredients, from Californian green lemon to Sicilian mandarin.

TERRE D’HERMÈS

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CRAFTED BY Hermès’ house perfumer Jean- Claude Ellena in 2006 for the man who has his feet firmly on the ground but his head in the stars. This scent is defined by its strong orange and grapefruit bouquet. A modern day fragrance with a strong connection to a classic era.

BURBERRY WEEKEND

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INSPIRED BY a weekend drive through the British Countryside, Burberry's Weekend for Men is a crisp, invigorating fragrance. It's strong citrus elements like grapefruit and lemon dominate the first whiff. The citrus top notes blend seamlessly with woody elements like musk, oak and sandalwood to create the perfect summer fragrance that’s just perfect for a weekend drive in your roadster.

LIME, BASIL AND MANDARIN BY JO MALONE

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ONE OF London’s most famous fragrance houses, Jo Malone has acquired a hallowed reputation in quick time. This unisex scent continues to be a bestseller even two decades after its launch. This citrus aromatic perfume with lime, Mandarin orange and bergamot is perfect for a day in the office.

ACQUA DI PARMA BLUE MEDITERRANEO BERGAMOTTO DI CALABRIA

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THIS ICONIC fragrance house created its first scent in 1916 and it was unabashedly citrusy. Acqua di Parma acquired cult status thanks to patronage by Hollywood A-listers like Cary Grant and David Niven. This mild 2010s scent with bergamot and citron aims to invoke images of Calabria, Italy’s sun-baked southern tip.

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