Metro Man: The Hottest Summer Scents!

Listen up, guys! I’ve reported this in the past.

Women have a much stronger sense of smell and are very aware of a man’s presence — this could be a welcomed or avoided situation. It’s time to stock up on colognes to make this season a little more pleasant for those you encounter in the streets, at JFK and everywhere in between. Here are the hottest summer scents.

I’ve composed a short list of colognes for this season. I recommend that men test them first as the scent will be different on each individual. I’ve also chosen a collection to fit every budget.


Hey you, with the skateboard!

Dana Classic Fragrances recently launched British Sterling H.I.M Reserve. The H.I.M. stands for His Imperial Majesty and this scent, in my opinion, is like bathing in the Windsor’s fountain. I could also envision Prince Harry on a skateboard, hitting the loop while sporting this cologne.

It’s made from a blend of spices, with wood mid-tones and suede undertones. The overall result is masculine and alluring, and it’s very easy on the trust fund. They claim it captures sophistication and playfulness, I think it makes guys smell better in a pinch while on a roll.

It’s not completely British as it’s made in the U.S.A.
Available at most retail stores. And check out Brook Sterling’s videos.


My run-to cologne this summer is Anima Dulcis Arguiste. I run to it because I like it and no one ever runs away from me when I wear it. The fact is, I get complements.

Allegedly inspired by the cooking in a convent in Mexico circa 1695; this cologne was created by Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier. Notes of cocoa, Mexican vanilla, cinnamon, and chili are ever present. Anima Dulcis was launched in 2012, but it’s worth a recap and consistently delivers as they say, “A beautiful scent is like a beautiful memory, it transports us to another place in time”. It sounds much better in Spanish, Italian or French, but the sentiment is the same.
The scent is masculine and subtle.

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Tom Ford launched Noir in 2012 and I immediately fell in love with this scent; it’s worth a revisit. It has a blend of leather, bergamot, black pepper and violet flower. The base notes include Amber and Indonesian patchouli leaf. The fragrance is light, slightly sweet and perfect for the summer season.

It’s available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor.

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Lorenzo Siena has gone from teacher in Westchester County to entrepreneur in the fragrance business. He released Palio in 2007 and the scent impressed many Europeans and soon became produced by a German company. The cologne includes notes such as Citrus, Mint leaf, Lavender, Jasmine, Sandalwood and Patchouli. If you haven’t tried it in the past, perhaps now is the time.

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