As the hot weather and holiday season rolls around, shorts, linen and leisure shoes take centrestage sartorially. Lighter, fresher fragrances are their olfactory equivalent. Here we pick some of our favourites.

Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li, from $127
This unisex scent paints a more tranquil version of summer. Citrus top notes, a dash of jasmine with musk and wood drydown that lacks sharpness makes it balmier than most.
 

Hermès Le Jardin De Monsieur Li

Ermenegildo Zegna Peruvian Ambrette, $359
The fragrance opens with citrus notes, and progressively definite hints of musk from the ambrette that is the heart of it. With the warmth of the guaiac wood in the mix, it is reminiscent of tropical botanicals.

Ermenegildo Zegna Peruvian Ambrette

Burberry Brit Splash, $86
The newcomer in the Brit fragrances collection is a refreshing, aquatic scent with rosemary and honeydew melon top notes, and a warm musk and moss base. The refreshing element contrasts with the warmth, encapsulating its inspiration — the London summer. 

Burberry Brit Splash, from $86.

Prada Luna Rossa Sport, from $106
A combination of citrus, pine and vanilla notes, this was inspired by the sport of sailing.

Fragrances that beat the heat

CK One Summer, $88
Icy, crisp citrus notes along with star anise and amberwood brings to mind the feeling of the sun on your skin and the smell of saltwater in the air. 

CK One Summer