I own A*Men and Le Male and theyre probably my two favorite in my whole collection. i LOVE gourmands and want to wear them, but with summer coming around, its hard to pull them off as aquatics naturally smell better in the heat. are there any gourmands that can be worn in the summer, or ones specifically designed for warmer weather?
I personally wear Hanae Mori (edt) in summer. The lemon notes carry out throughout the fragrance so you'll get a nice balance of citrus and sweetness which work pretty well all year round. But I'd suggest testing it before getting it, since to me it seem much like a 'unisex' fragrance.
The edp may be a little to much for the hot days, since the lemon note goes away much quicker, and is less prominent. (though it doesn't stop me personally..)
As for my other gourmands like Rochas man, I find it not mixing to well when your sweating, since for me if I start doing to much activity the coffee note of the fragrance actually changes into a horrible body oder intensifier that projects even with little application.
Lolita Lempicka/Amen/Le Male/Pi is a bit to heavy of a scent to wear in the summer.. Body kouros may be also, but i actually can see it working if you go light.
lol tho this is just my own experiences, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.
you could try Very Irresistible by Givenchy. It is fairly light for a gourmand, and has a prominent fruit note. Think brownie with fruit jello. L'Instant by Guerlain is said to be similar, though I have only sniffed it in passing.
HM by Hanae Mori is amazing and entirely unique. I use only the EDP (one chest and one neck). Recently, I fell in love with the complexity of Rochas Man. Although it is much sweeter than HM, I think it would work, as long as you aren't really sweating it up. Actually, Le Male would even fit the bill. It's so endlessly versatile. Again, no more than two sprays on it though! Right now I want Muglers Cologne to fit in between Fahrenheit and HM. Like Fahrenheit, it isn't a gourmand (which I love), nor is it "groundbreaking" per se, but it IS a light, nearly flawless summer scent and it does boast one ENTIRELY unique note! haha
You could probably get away with Dior's Fahrenheit 32 in the summer if you are very light on the trigger. It has vanilla in the base to make it gourmand, but it begins very floral with a strong orange blossom note. (just be very light on the application as F32 tends to be pretty strong & can get cloying if oversprayed).