Your summer scent is all wrong

A scent expert on why it's okay to change up your fragrance—and six new ones to try.

While most summer fragrances are known for their crisp notes—they remind us of lake houses and freshly cut grass, of picnics and bonfires—Chandler Burr, author and former perfume critic for The New York Times,says you shouldn't be married to the idea of a light scent for this season. "Some deep-water Tom Ford Oud Wood, an amazing opaque scent as smooth and dark as worn teak wood, can also be terrific on a July evening," Burr says. "These are different kinds of beauty, and there's no reason not to experience them all," he adds.

And now that we're in the thick of the summer season, it's time to consider switching up your fragrance. "I'm definitely in favor of trying new scents when the seasons change," Burr says. "It's a really fun way to enter summer."

Here are six new summer fragrances on the market; each of them a complement to wherever the season takes you.

ralph lauren polo blue eau de toilette, $84

The new version of this classic guys' scent is July in a bottle: With melon, basil, verbena, and—wait for it—washed suede notes, it gives you an off-shore, open-air crispness that only summer knows.
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burberry mr. burberry, $88

The grapefruit top notes of this men's fragrance will refresh you, but the base—vetiver and smoky wood—will intrigue your mate (in a mysterious, come-hither kind of way).
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perry ellis red for men, $65

This rooftop-party-in-a-bottle starts as juniper berries and citrus, but like any guy's night out, evolves into something much crazier: a gripping blend of red apple, red leather, pepper, amber, sage and sandalwood.
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histoires de parfums not a blue bottle, $105

This unisex scent was created as a call for freedom of expression, the first of Histoires’s line that doesn’t tell a story. Instead, it invites one (with a blend of orange, amber, honey, patchouli and musk…) to only exist on your skin.
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phlur moab, $85

Evoke the outdoors with this spicy scent that works for men and women. It warms like a blanket of dry summer heat, but unfolds like the desert expanse.
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diana vreeland vivaciously bold, $250

Ms. Vreeland’s fashionable legacy is stronger than ever: Grapefruit, lemon and bergamot make this an obvious summer select, while vetiver and pepper give it a bold kick that feels equally appropriate for fall.
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