Boss Bottled Intense EDT, about £45 for 50ml, Hugo Boss, available nationwide


It's so unfair that fragrance has a reputation as a naff, unoriginal Father's Day gift – good stuff makes a fine present. From esoteric essences to more acessible perfumes, the joy of fragrance is discovering something new and different.

That's perhaps why there are so many successful spin-offs of much-loved classics. Summer is a good time to reassess scent, too, as hotter weather strengthens its effects. That doesn't mean ditching sweet or spicy notes entirely, but a clarifying hit of citrus can help keep things cool.

Shards of Cedar and Red Thyme

£95 for 100ml,

Modern yet manly – bergamot brings freshness, while cedar, red thyme and vetiver add a spicy warmth.

Light Blue Swimming in Lipari EDT

£57.60 for 125ml, Dolce & Gabbana,

Ambergris adds a sensual note to this light, bright fragrance, bringing to mind sea salt crystallising on sun-warmed skin.


Black Amber EDP

£125 for 50ml, Agonist Parfums,

Smoky cedar, incense and sandalwood and the warmth of amber are softened by a hit of Madagascan vanilla sweetness.

Boss Bottled Intense EDT

About £45 for 50ml, Hugo Boss, available nationwide

The notes of apple and cinnamon are intensified in this reformulation of the late-1990s original, adding an almost edible edge.

Marinis Parfum

£98 for 75ml, Santa Eulalia,

There's a citric sharpness to this of-the-sea scent which blends with the warmth of patchouli, bay and cedar to add depth.