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16 Best Summer Fragrances and Perfumes for Men

Summer is about long days and nights, with the best summer fragrances and perfumes for men at your disposal, you’ll stay sharp the whole time. Before deciding on which to pickup 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.

Apply a modest spray or two before a proper social engagement so your date will have something to savour when they get in close. Scope our list of the best fragrances and perfumes for Men, and keep them fresh all summer long.

Dior homme sport by christian dior 1

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1. Dior Homme Sport by Christian Dior

Dior Homme Sport is the apex of aromatic refreshment. Described as the intersection between “urban, sophistication and sexy nonchalance” this wildly popular fragrance is long-lasting, making it perfect for summer. Claiming the title as one of the best sports colognes for men, Dior Homme Sport is bursting with a floral and citrus fragrance.

Launched: 4 October 2017
Notes: Grapefruit, Blood orange, Italian citron, Pink Pepper Extract, Vetiver
Price: AU$110+

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Dolce gabbana light blue forever

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2. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Forever

Like a scented spray of Caribbean breeze, Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Forever keeps you cool in hot summer weather. Zesty top notes of grapefruit zest, Italian bergamot give way to a heart of violet leaf, ozonic notes while base notes like patchouli, white musk, and java vetiver keep things discernibly masculine. Give this men’s perfume a spray and get transported to a remote tropical island on a wave of citrus fragrance.

Launched: 2007
Top notes: Grapefruit zest, Italian bergamot.
Heart: Violet leaf, ozonic notes.
Base: Patchouli, white musk, Java vetiver.
Price: AU$117+

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Jean paul gaultier le beau

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3. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau

Inside a bottle guaranteed to raise a smile is one of the best summer fragrances for men. Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Bleu is an iconic fragrance that nearly every fragrance wearing man has purchased at least once in his life. Le Bleu delivers a predictably muscular scent that nevertheless retains a clean edge thanks to big notes of vanilla, neroli, and mint. Toot toot!

Launched: 2019
Top notes: Bergamot
Heart: Coconut
Base: Tonka Bean
Price: AU$102+

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Bvlgari aqva homme eau de toilette

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4. Bvlgari Aqva Homme Eau de Toilette

Launched in 2014, Aqva Homme 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 fragrance for men is housed inside that copper coloured alien orb bottle, is a bold, energetic scent of Sicilian mandarin and neroli flower.

Launched: 2005
Olfactive family: Aromatic, Aquatic, Woody
Olfactive pyramid: Mandarin, Posidonia, Mineral Amber
Price: AU$149

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5. Moonlight in Heaven by Kilian

This new unisex perfume from Kilian practically obliges you to go out and conquer the summer night. Dual citrus notes of lemon and mango are complemented by lightly spicy tonka beans. The result is one of the best summer fragrances for men or women – pure olfactory heaven… Moonlight in Heaven, that is.

Launched: 2016
Notes: Grapefruit, mango, roasted tonka beans
Price: from $240

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Acqua di parma blu mediterraneo mandorlo di sicilia eau de toilette

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6. Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mandorlo di Sicilia

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 fragrances but, one of the best perfumes for any season.

Launched: 1999
Top notes: Bergamot, Frangipani, orange blossom, green almond, star anise.
Heart: White peach, coffee grains, white jasmine.
Base: Bourbon vanilla, light musk, cedar, warm sandalwood.
Price: AU$160+

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Lacoste l 12 12 lui eau de toilette

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7. Lacoste L.12.12 Lui 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 cypress undertones. Positive vibrations abound thanks to Lui’s pure summertime accord. This is what men’s summer cologne is all about.

Launched: 2015
Top notes: Grapefruit
Heart:
Golden Delicious apple
Base:
Cypress
Price: AU$56+

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8. Viktok&Rolf Spicebomb

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!

Launched: 2012
Top notes: Pink Pepper, elemi, Bergamot and Grapefruit
Heart:
Cinnamon, Saffron and Paprika
Base:
Tobacco, Leather and Vetiver
Price: AU$88+

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Dior homme eau de toilette

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9. Dior Homme Eau De Toilette

Dior keeps those masculine summer scents going strong. 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.

Launched: 2014
Top notes: Coriander, Grapefruit and Calabrian bergamot
Heart:
Tuscan Iris
Base:
Virginian Cedar and Amber
Price: AU$160+

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Nautica voyage

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10. Nautica Voyage

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?

Launched: 2006
Top notes: Apple and Green Leaves
Heart:
Lotus and Mimosa
Base:
Musk, Cedar, Oakmoss and Amber
Price:
AU$24.99

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John varvatos artisan blu

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11. 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, tamarisk and patchouli keeps this top men’s summer fragrance clean and masculine form.

Launched: 2016
Top notes: Basil, Bergamot, Chayote, Lavender and Bitter Orange
Heart:
Palmarosa, Geranium, Orange Blossom, Iris and Clary Sage
Base:
Pine, Cedar, Pistachio, Tamarisk and Patchouli
Price:
AU$79+

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Hugo boss the scent intense

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12. 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.

Launched: 2017
Top notes: Cardamom and Ginger
Heart:
Maninka and Lavender
Base:
Leather, Vanilla and Wood
Price: AU$60+

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Invictus victory eau de parfum

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13. Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory

“Do you smell that?” asks Paco Rabanne as they spray Invictus Victory into the air. With a woody amber profile, amid vanilla and citric lemon, this summer cologne for men is designed to stroke your desire and multiply your power.

Launched: 2016
Top notes: Citric lemon
Heart:
Wood
Base:
Vanilla
Price: AU$110+

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Giorgio armani aqua di gio profumo

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14. 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.

Launched: 2015
Top notes: Sea Notes and Bergamot
Heart:
Rosemary, Sage and Geranium
Base:
Incense and Patchouli
Price: AU$100+

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Eternity now by calvin klein for men

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15. 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.

Launched: 2015
Top notes: Coconut Nectar, Star Anise and Ginger
Heart:
Carambola (Star Fruit), Cedar and Patchouli
Base:
Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Moroccan Cedar
Price: AU$39.99+

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Ysl lhomme ultime

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16. YSL L’Homme Ultime

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.

Launched: 2016
Top notes: Ginger, Grapefruit, Cardamom and Bergamot
Heart:
Rose, Sage, Geranium and Apple
Base:
Cedar, Vetiver and Cashmere Wood
Price: AU$149+

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General FAQ

What are the best men's fragrances for summer?

Some of the best men's summer fragrances are Nautica Voyage, Lacoste Eau de Lacoste, and D&G Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana.

What is a summer fragrance?

In the heat of summer, fragrance can evaporate quickly and we are often more hot and sticky so it is good to use a fresh and intense scent like sandalwood, vanilla, lemon, or coconut.