fragrance recommendations for may 2021

It has been a hectic last month with balancing work and private life, and my schedule to post new articles has stretched a bit since my brother from Ireland came to visit me for the summer holidays.

So, instead of releasing my fragrance recommendations for June 2021 article in the first days of June, it has been postponed for a good week or so.

Fortunately, one good thing came from this delay, and it gave an opportunity to think about how to separate Scent Grail recommendations from different resources which will be explained in a couple of paragraphs below.

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How I Picked Fragrance Recommendations For June 2021

Giving you the same perfume recommendations you’ll see all over the place ain’t my thing. Since in almost any case summer fragrances do not perform like their winter counterparts, my decision was to emphasize the smell quality this time.

The smell quality and the journey throughout the 20th century which in my opinion was the strongest era of creativity perfume-wise.

We may see new niche and indie brands popping out every day like mushrooms after rain, yet I feel that masters like Jean-Paul Guerlain and Jacques Polge, and their era-defining creations come much seldom now.

Without further ado, here’s what to expect on my latest list:

  • High-quality perfumes targeted for the summer season
  • Classic and modern fragrances with a vintage touch
  • Fragrances that will cover all situations

1. Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme Intenso

Why have I picked Intenso: This Dolce & Gabbana is my new rediscovery. A fragrance that I since back from my perfume days when I was obsessed with all the forums such as Basenotes and Fragrantica, and YouTube reviewers as well.

What I do remember is that Intenso was much more appreciated back then than it is today which resulted in the discontinuation of this perfume(still available). This is a shame since it pays homage to the old Pour Homme while still being contemporary.

I love the gentle lavender here that dances gently with woody and spicy notes, giving a wearer a feel of a fresh shave in the morning. While not being the same scents, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and Intenso fill the same scent purpose.

The performance is not terrible, but I do agree that it wouldn’t kill anybody if it was a little bit stronger. Young or old, it doesn’t matter. Class never goes out of style. That is what Intenso is. Get it while it’s still available.

  • Perfumer: n/a
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Woody Aromatic
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Most dominant notes: Lavender, Hay, and Tobacco
  • Age Group: 30+
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 6 – 8 hours with moderate projection
  • Uniqueness: 4/5
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Perfume Color Palette: Blue, Green, Purple

2. Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa

Why have I picked Colonia Intensa: you can’t go wrong with Acqua di Parma when it comes to warm-weather perfumes. In my humble opinion, no one does citruses better than this Italian heritage house.

My favorite Acqua di Parma is Essenza, and I recommend Intensa to those who are not fans of neroli note which is the trademark note of Colonia’s. So, why would you pick Intensa instead of the countless other Colonia flankers?

First of all, this is not your average cologne, and it packs a good punch as well. The opening is dominated by light citruses with the woods getting stronger with each passing minute. Cardamom and ginger spices give Intensa a full-bodied bitter and fuzzy body.

And there is the second thing. Would you believe that leather perfume could be wearable in the heat? Neither did I, but it works here. Perfume aficionados will notice a leather accord and myrrh note from the start which never become overbearing and cloying.

Works best on relaxing summer nights, but I had no complaints even during the daytime. Intensa marks the best entry point to Acqua di Parma’s line for the younger crowd.

  • Perfumer: Alberto Morillas and Francois Demachy
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Cologne
  • Fragrance Type: Woody Spicy
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Most dominant notes: Bergamot, Cardamom, and Leather
  • Age Group: 25+
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • Occasions: Any occasion
  • Longevity and Sillage: 6 – 8 hours with moderate projection
  • Uniqueness: 4/5
  • Value for money: 1010
  • Perfume Color Palette: Green, Brown, Red

3. Roja Dove Elysium Pour Homme Parfum Cologne

Why have I picked Elysium: the most expensive perfume on this list is my favorite fragrance from the house of Roja Dove, and that’s because it works in any possible situation.

Elysium is a perfume that fills the same purpose as Chanel Bleu de Chanel, and Creed Aventus while somewhat being its own thing. Or, if you could imagine those two having a baby, this is what would you get.

Is it better than the before-mentioned perfumes? Well, that’s up to you to decide, but I know one thing. It does smell like an expensive fruity cocktail mixed with woods, and salty amber that will garner compliments like crazy while it lasts. Yep, it is another of those great-smelling blue fragrances with questionable projection and high prices.

Strong grapefruit will remind you of Bleu, and a mix of woods and ambergris give it Aventus vibes and this kind of projection and longevity is expected when dealing with a high concentration of natural ingredients. If you are a young, smart-dressing guy working in upper management, Elysium is my number 1. pick for you on this list.

  • Perfumer: Roja Dove
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Cologne
  • Fragrance Type: Aromatic Fougere
  • Release Date: 2017
  • Most dominant notes: Grapefruit, Ambergris, and Vetiver
  • Age Group: Any age
  • Seasons: Any season
  • Occasions: Business, Leisure, Dates
  • Longevity and Sillage: 6 – 8 hours with moderate projection
  • Uniqueness: 4/5
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Perfume Color Palette: Yellow, Blue, Brown

4. Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree

Why have I picked Pour Monsieur: this summer you want to smell refined, and no one does refined perfumes better than Chanel. It is in the same league as the original Monsieur but a bit more modern.

Pour Monsieur never goes out of style, and while it may take some time for youngsters to fully appreciate this classy masterpiece, once you get it, it may just become one of your all-time favorite summer perfumes.

The perfume opens up a high-class citrus combination of mandarin orange and lemon that don’t overstay their welcome and leave the place for a fantastic combination of oriental notes of vanilla, cardamom, and a rare occasion of real three-dimensional oakmoss.

The base is made from vetiver and distilled lavender oil which rounds up this composition in a sophisticated way. Concentree is detectable for a good six to eight hours with a subtle performance. As for occasions, it’s best used in casual and formal situations during summer days, with more formal attire.

  • Perfumer: Jacques Polge
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Toilette
  • Fragrance Type: Citrus Spicy
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Most dominant notes: Cardamom, Vanilla, and Mandarin Orange
  • Age Group: 30+
  • Seasons: Spring and Fall
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 6 – 8 hours with moderate projection
  • Uniqueness: 3/5
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Perfume Color Palette: Green, Yellow, Blue

5. Guerlain Shalimar Eau De Cologne

Why have I picked Shalimar Eau de Cologne: Last, but not least, here is something different you won’t find on any other list. The cologne version of grandiose Shalimar.

If you have already read my Shalimar Eau de Parfum review, you know I’m not a stranger to wearing perfumes targeted to women which in reality are complete unisex perfumes. So, how does Cologne work in the summer heat? It works great and better than you may think it does.

The citrus notes come on bold and strong yet inviting and delicious, while still paying homage to the original version. As the fragrance transitions to the floral heart, the citruses do fade a little bit but are still noticeable. The dry down is magnificent, and it is similar to the Eau de Parfum version, but along with the vanillic and incense powderiness, there is a gorgeous creamy sandalwood note that’s smooth as butter.

Shalimar Cologne is absolute perfection, timeless beauty in every sense of the word that somehow works in the summer as well. You might be surprised to see how actually Shalimar smells more masculine than feminine.

  • Perfumer: Jacques Guerlain
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Cologne
  • Fragrance Type: Citrus Oriental
  • Release Date: 1925
  • Most dominant notes: Bergamot, Vanilla, and Leather
  • Age Group: 25+
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • Occasions: Business, Leisure, Dates
  • Longevity and Sillage: 4 – 6 hours with moderate projection
  • Uniqueness: 5/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Perfume Color Palette: Yellow, Brown, Orange


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I can’t wait to go on summer holidays this year, and I hope that you are going to travel somewhere as well during the warmest time of year.

Hopefully, you have found something new for yourself in my article about the 5 fragrance recommendations for June 2021.

As for the next edition of my perfume recommendations, there is a high chance I’ll continue to provide you with fragrances that take a different approach on the classic topic of “what should you wear”.

Have you tried any of the perfumes on this list? Let me know in the comment section below and let’s start a conversation.

In case you are in wonder whether you should consider buying any of the perfumes on this list, it’s always good to take a look at Scent Grail’s S.P.A. Signature Factor Guide.

It is easy to use and the most relevant perfume buying guide on the web. This way, you can check out if a particular fragrance is worth checking out, and potentially find your signature perfume.

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Until next time, have a great time and keep smelling like a million bucks!

Best, Marin!
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