Viewer Mail: Tropical for Dudes


Do you know of any men’s or unisex fragrances that a man can wear that smells similar to Jennifer Lopez’s Glow scent? It’s sort of tropical and sweet. Anything similar for dudes?



XforeverlongingX - don’t worry about whether the packaging expressly indicates dudes or dude-ettes, because your nose will love what it loves, regardless of what the marketing folks say. For instance, P. Diddy I Am King is supposed to be for men, and it smells like strawberry Jelly Bellies. In fact, it’s the missing Harajuku Lovers doll. So just wear the damn J-Lo Glow, if that’s your “happy smell”. But the following should really blow up your board shorts:

LesNez Manoumalia (salty tropical flowers, warm nuttiness and sensual woods)
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche (coconut, orange blossom florals, amber; v. sensual)
Estée Lauder Azurée Soleil Eau Fraiche (creamy/salty/beachy; almost identical to Bronze Goddess; officially discontinued but still available online)
Bond No. 9 Fire Island (jasmine-y Ambre Solaire smell)
CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966 (vintage Coppertone)
Bobbi Brown Beach (citrus/jasmine suntan oil smell)
Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower (fresh green tuberose with hint of coconut)
Marc Jacobs Gardenia (light tropical)
Bath and Bodyworks Coconut Lime Verbena (beachy fresh)
Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail (woods, incense & hint of tropical flowers)
Montale Soleil de Capri (tropical fruity thing for men; a Juicy Fruit gum cologne)
Creed Virgin Island Water (surprisingly masculine coconut cologne)
Le Lebo Neroli 36 (more delightful jasmine suntan oil smell)
Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers G (cartoon coconuts & musk)

Fumeheads, any other Tropical Dude suggestions? Bonus question: what would the P. Diddy Harajuku Lovers doll wear?