Summer is about long days and late nights, and with the best summer colognes and fragrances for men at your disposal, you’ll stay sharp the whole time through. However, before deciding on the best summer colognes for men, please be advised: men’s fragrances mix with the body’s natural oils to achieve their intended scent, so don’t count on these products to mask your sweaty odours because they might do the exact opposite. In other words, don’t douse yourself before some all-day concert or festival because it could do more harm than good. Instead, apply a modest spray or two before a proper social engagement so she’ll have something to savour when she gets in close. Scope our list of the 16 Best Summer Colognes & Fragrances for Men, and keep it fresh all summer long.
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Dior Homme Sport by Christian Dior
Dior Homme Sport is the apex of aromatic refreshment. This wildly popular fragrance is long-lasting, making perfect for summer, arguably the best sport cologne, and best summer cologne for men. Dior Homme Sport is bursting with a floral and citrus fragrance, balanced by deep notes of Virginian cedarwood.
D & G Light Blue By Dolce & Gabbana
Like a scented spray of Caribbean breeze, D & G Light Blue keeps you cool in hot summer weather. Zesty top notes of mandarin and juniper give way to a heart of rosemary, pepper, and rosewood while base notes like musk and incense keep things discernibly masculine. Give this award-winning cologne a spray and get transported to a remote tropical island on a wave of citrus fragrance. D & G Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana sets the benchmark for men’s summer fragrances.
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau Fraiche Popeye Eau De Toilette
Inside a bottle guaranteed to raise a smile is one of the best summer fragrances for men. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is an iconic fragrance that nearly every cologne wearing man has purchased at least once in his life. Le Male Eau Fraîche Limited Edition Popeye cologne delivers a predictably muscular scent that nevertheless retains a clean edge thanks to big notes of vanilla, neroli, and mint. Toot toot!
Bvlgari Aqva Amara Eau de Toilette
Launched in 2014, Aqva Amara is a masculine fragrance exuding brilliant luxury before you’ve even taken a whiff. An aquatic, Mediterranean inspired creation that puts a new spin on aqua colognes. This summer cologne of men is housed inside that copper coloured alien orb bottle, is a bold, energetic scent of Sicilian mandarin and neroli flower. Base notes like Indonesian patchouli and incense lend this top summer fragrance for men some truly exotic allure.
Moonlight in Heaven by Kilian
This new unisex fragrance from Kilian practically obliges you to go out and conquer the summer night. Dual citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit are complemented by lightly spicy pink pepper berries. The result is one of the best summer colognes for men or women – pure olfactory heaven… Moonlight in Heaven, that is.
Acqua Di Parma Blue Mediterraneo Mandorlo
Supremely popular and highly acclaimed, Acqua Di Parma Blue Mediterraneo Mandorlo is the smell of Sicily in full blossom. Floral waves of Frangipani flower, white jasmine and orange blossom blend with creamy, sweet notes of almond and vanilla. Meanwhile, touches of star anise, mint, white peach, and light musk emerge beautifully from the background. This is the quintessence of summer luxury, not only one of the top summer colognes but, one of the best colognes for any season.
Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Jaune Eau de Toilette
No fragrance for men puts summer in a bottle quite like this one from Lacoste. First, there are the visual nods to polo wear and the blindingly sunny design. Open the bottle and get bowled over by a fruity, citrus fragrance with woody undertones. Positive vibrations abound thanks to Jaune’s pure summertime accord. This is what men’s summer cologne is all about.
Spicebomb 3.0 Fl.oz. Eau De Toilette
For those who like spicy cologne, look no further. Viktor & Rolf’s Spicebomb 3.0 eschews subtlety on all fronts and that starts with a primed grenade style bottle. Inside is a brilliant study in contrasts as warm notes of leather and tobacco blend with cool notes like grapefruit and pink pepper. A men’s summer cologne that announces itself loudly and proudly – Kaboom!
Christian Dior Homme Eau Cologne
Christian Dior keeps those masculine summer scents going strong. Christian Dior knows how to do colognes. This sweet and spicy cologne is a long-lasting summer cologne, layered with a citrus fragrance and warm notes of amber and cedar. A versatile male summer cologne that is as relevant today as it will be in 100 years from now.
Nothing pairs with a hot summer day quite like a cool ocean breeze. Nautica Voyage captures that seaside essence by way of a refreshing, long-lasting apple and lotus accord. Running underneath are notes of wood and musk for a perfect masculine touch. What else could a man expect from iconic marine lifestyle brand Nautica, than one of the best summer colognes for men?
John Varvatos Artisan Blu
Awash with marine vibes, Artisan Blu from John Varvatos is a fine example of what summer colognes for men should be. This summer fragrance gets things off to a citrusy start with top notes of bergamot, lavender, melon, and basil. That segues into a floral heart of geranium, sage, and iris. A base that incorporates pistachio, wood, resin, and pine keeps this top men’s fragrance in clean, masculine form.
Hugo Boss The Scent Intense
As the name implies, The Scent Intense is a spicy cologne that renders a formidable olfactory impression. Launched in 2017, as an amplified version of Hugo Boss’ The Scent from 2015. Hugo Boss upholds its reputation of delivering powerful, masculine fragrances with this newer version. It pairs spicy top notes of ginger and cardamom with a fruity heart – featuring Maninka, revered for its aphrodisiac properties – and leather base to get its message across. This one goes big and plays hard (just like you), and just as any of the best summer fragrances for men should.
Paco Rabanne Invictus Intense
“Do you smell that?” asks Paco Rabanne as they spray Invictus Intense into the air. To which you say, “You mean a spicy cologne that boasts perfumed, unisex notes of jasmine and neroli?” The brand merely shakes its head and replies, “No. That’s the smell of victory!” With a woody amber profile, amid orange blossom, black pepper, vibrant wood, and ambergris, this summer cologne for men is designed to stroke your desire and multiply your power.
Giorgio Armani Aqua di Gio Profumo
The one, the only: Aqua di Gio (Profumo). First launched in 1996, Armani’s industry slayer returns in revamped form. The new incarnation offers less citrus and more complexity and thereby delivers the ultimate aquatic accord. Born from volcanic rock and deep ocean waters, Giorgio Armani Aqua di Geo Profumo is an unmistakable marine-inspired men’s summer cologne that explores the wilder and darker parts of the sea. It’s easily one of the best summer fragrances for men. But you already knew that. Everyone does.
Eternity Now by Calvin Klein
With a composition that includes coconut water, vanilla, ginger, star fruit, and cedar, Eternity Now fires on all cylinders and offers an intensely invigorating aroma. This refreshing and redolent masterpiece from iconic cologne brand Calvin Klein is one of the best summer fragrances male perfume connoisseurs will love. Absolutely perfect for those warm spring and summer months.
Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Ultime Eau De Parfum
Rife with a warm mix of wood and citrus, L’Homme Ultime is a summertime audacious stunner intended for masters of seduction. It bursts with a spicy aroma but, remains downright gentle and sensual in its delivery. Fresh sage is sensually mingled with aromatic wood notes to deliver a distinctively masculine summer cologne men will want to wear in any season. Like the charming men it inspires, this one is meant to stay its course without ever feeling intrusive. Enjoy.
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