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Summer Scents And Shaving

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Summertime is synonymous with outdoor activities and spending time with friends. However, one of the most delightful aspects of summer is the plethora of scents that fill the air. Whether it’s the sweet smell of flowers in a nearby garden or the salty tang of the ocean, these smells are a reminder that summer is here.  Here are some shave creams and soaps that hearken to summertime.

I did some research to try to determine what scents are usually associated with the summertime.  Here is a sample of the type of information I came up with:

23 Smells That’ll Remind You Of Your Childhood Summers

The Smells of Summer

18 Best Summer Colognes for Men

Best Summer Fragrances For Men

From this I came up with some broad categories of scent types.  Then I tried to match some shave soaps and creams to those types.  These aren’t the only shave products of course, but I did try to make a representative sample of creams, soaps, artisans, and more “mainstream” brands.

Note: Amazon, Smallflower, PAA, and West Coast Shaving links are affiliate. links may be affiliate.

First, it’s worth noting that Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements (PAA) has an entire line of products with the “Summer” theme.

And Stirling Soap Co. also has a “Summer” themed lineup.

Other products, in no particular order:

Aromatic Herbs And Grasses


Rosemary, coriander and patchouli, freshly mown hay and grass are often associated with summertime.

  • Wholly Kaw shaving soap, Nightcap: notes of grass, tobacco, vetiver, coffee, hay, sandalwood, rosewood, & oud. Also available from West Coast Shaving.
  • Zingari Man shaving soap, The Master: vanilla, tarragon, amber, woods, jasmine, coriander, basil, geranium, sweet bay, musk, ambrette, sandalwood, and patchouli.
  • Soap Commander shave soap, Fortitude: notes of warm hay, tobacco, & rum.  Also available from West Coast Shaving .
  • Noble Otter shave soap, Lonestar: initial notes of sage and lemon give way to a sweet heart of magnolia and Texas cedar; base notes of oakmoss, leather, and hay.  Also available from West Coast Shaving and Smallflower.

Citrus And Tropical Fruit


Citrus and tropical fruit scents like bergamot, oranges, limes, lemons, and pineapple are classic summertime scents and there are numerous shave products that use this classification.  This is a small sample:

  • Extro Cosmesi shaving cream, Pirata: lemon, rosemary, bergamot, fern, sandalwood and cedarwood.  Available from West Coast Shaving.
  • The Goodfellas’ Smile shaving soap, Abysso: citrus, bergamot, pineapple, jasmine, ozone, moss, & more.  Available from West Coast Shaving.
  • Lime shave creams
  • The Art Of Shaving shave cream, Bergamot & Neroli:
  • Stirling shave soap, Island Man: bergamot, lime, mandarin, coconut, jasmine, hibiscus, ylang-ylang, ginger, sugarcane, musk, and rum.
  • Stirling shave soap, Boat Drinks: Banana, Coconut, Rum, Frangipani, and Tangerine
  • Cremo “Original” shave cream (many liken the scent to pina coloda)

“Soft” Florals


“Soft” florals like neroli, jasmine, pink peonies, lavender, and lilac are often thought of as summertime scents.

  • Noble Otter shave soap, Hamami: top notes start with a light touch of Saffron and Bergamot. It moves into the green fragrance of Petitgrain and the floral notes of Jasmine Absolute and Geranium. For the basenotes we include the clean scent of Sandalwood and Tonka Bean. All while experiencing faint notes of a wet stone.  Also available from West Coast Shaving and Smallflower.
  • Ethos Grooming shave soap, Lavender Supreme: I think Lavender Suprême is lighter and “brighter” with an almost powdery note.
  • Lothur “Tears” – “opens with citrusy bergamot, lemon and mandarin combined with delicate herbal notes. The heart is a full on assault of neroli blossom, lavender and jasmine resting upon a gentle musk accord at the base.
  • Cyril Salter Rose shave cream
  • Castle Forbes Lavender
  • OneBlade “Black Tie” shave cream, Lavender
  • The Art Of Shaving Lavender Shaving Cream.  Also available on Amazon

Water: Rain/Oceanic/Marine/Nautical/Sea/Beach


“Watery” fragrances like salty ocean air, suntan lotion, and the beach are often thought of in the Summer.

  • Chiseled Face Shaving Soap, Summer Storm: moist earth, oak moss, cut grass, pine needles, orange, lemon, ozone, white jasmine, lily of the valley, geranium, and musk. Also available from West Coast Shaving.
  • Truefitt And Hill 1805 shave cream (see also Sharpologist’s review)
  • PAA shave soap, “The Beach
  • Declaration Grooming shave soap, “After The Rain

Mentholated Products

Perhaps not strictly considered a “scent,” mentholated products produce a cooling effect on the skin, making them great for hot weather.

Summing Up

Using a scented shaving cream or soap can help improve your shave a more pleasurable experience. Not only will your skin feel smoother and look healthier, but you’ll also enjoy the refreshing scent of your chosen product. There are many different scents to choose from, so find one that you enjoy and that will make you feel refreshed and invigorated in the summer heat.  So why not give it a try?
Do you have a favorite shave cream or soap that you think of as a “Summer” scent?  Leave a comment below!



Shave tutor and co-founder of sharpologist. I have been advocating old-school shaving for over 20 years and have been featured in major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Lifehacker. Also check out my content on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!View Author posts

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  1. One favourite is Simpson’s Luxury Shaving Cream – Lavender and Vetiver but I’m struggling to find it anywhere. Anyone know a site that ships internationally? Thanks

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