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Best fresh citrus colognes and perfumes for men

15 Best Fresh Citrus Colognes and Perfumes for Men


You can smell it in the air – spring is well and truly here and summer is just around the corner. Not only is this cause for celebration, but it’s also a reason to add a new citrus cologne to your collection for all those summertime vibes. Even if you’re on Australia’s east coast and bracing yourself for another La Niña these fragrances will no doubt transport you to a clear-skied, hot, sunny summer’s day lazing on a beach somewhere. Here are the best fresh citrus colognes and perfumes for men to help take you there.

If you need help choosing, check out our guide on finding your own signature scent. And once you’ve found a cologne that suits you, refer to our article on applying cologne correctly. Now, let’s check out the list of our favourites.

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Best Fresh Citrus Colognes at a Glance

Our list of the best citrus fragrances goes like this.

Now we’ve had a look at our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.

Best fresh citrus colognes neroli portofino by tom ford
Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford | Image: Tom Ford

1. Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford

Kicking things off is this unbeatable unisex citrus cologne. Tom Ford accessories are all the rage, so why not add to your collection with this delicious fragrance? From the very first spray, you will be immersed in summery scents including bergamot, mandarin orange, lemon, and bitter orange, which are balanced by middle notes of neroli, jasmine and musky base notes.

Launched: 2011
Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Lemon, Bitter Orange, Lavender, Rosemary, Myrtle
Middle notes: African Orange flower, Neroli, Jasmine, Pittosporum
Base notes: Amber, Ambrette (Musk Mallow), Angelica
Price: from $329.99 AUD

Best fresh citrus colognes colonia by acqua di parma
Colonia by Acqua Di Parma | Image: Acqua Di Parma

2. Colonia by Acqua Di Parma

We love the way Colonia by Acqua Di Parma is timeless and elegant, thanks to its blend of golden fruits which are amplified by the warm and precious woody notes of vetiver, sandalwood, and patchouli. This blend makes this one of the most versatile citrus perfumes for him, and it smells just like a refreshing dip in the ocean accompanied by an Aperol spritz in hand, what more could you want?

Launched: 1916
Top notes: Calabrian bergamot, Italian Orange
Middle notes: Agarwood (Oud), Amyris, Coriander
Base notes: Leather, Sandalwood, Atlas Cedar, Musk, Indonesian Patchouli Leaf
Price: from $180 AUD

Best fresh citrus colognes aqua celestia by maison francis kurkdjian
Aqua Celestia by Maison Francis Kurkdjian | Image: Maison Francis Kurkdjian

3. Aqua Celestia by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Another unisex fragrance to add to your collection, the citrus cologne by leaders in the world of luxury fragrances, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, is luxuriously summery and fresh. We love its seductive musky floral wake, which combines with a heavenly freshness thanks to notes of lime and cool mint, resulting in a sense of serenity that can easily be sprayed to elevate any day, no matter how dreary. This is the epitome of fruity freshness in a bottle.

Launched: 2017
Top notes: Lime, Mint, Black Currant, Neroli
Middle notes: Mimosa, Green Notes, Rose
Base notes: White Musk
Price: from $300 AUD

Best fresh citrus colognes eau sauvage by dior
Eau Sauvage by Dior | Image: Dior

4. Eau Sauvage by Dior

The best fresh cologne by Dior, Eau Sauvage is a powerful scent invigorated with a unique freshness warmed by the Grasse sun. We love the summery scents in the top notes, bursting with citrus flavours like lemon and bergamot. They are contrasted beautifully with masculine woody middle notes to reveal a spicy, oriental base.

Launched: 1966
Top notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Basil, Rosemary, Caraway, Fruity Notes
Middle notes: Jasmine, Coriander, Carnation, Orris Root, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Rose
Base notes: Oakmoss, Vetiver, Musk, Amber
Price: from $175 AUD

Best fresh citrus colognes acqua di gio by giorgio armani
Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani | Image: Giorgio Armani

5. Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Exuding a unique, nature-inspired scent reminiscent of a summer in Italy, Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani is the best fresh men’s fragrance for those who like to feel as if they’re in holiday mode, every day. Its fresh, aquatic notes are undeniably masculine, with splashes of Calabrian bergamot, neroli and green tangerine that balance one another out to create a men’s fragrance that is just as fresh anas it is summery and sensual.

Launched: 1996
Top notes: Bergamot, Tangerine, Neroli
Middle notes: Marine, Jasmine, Rosemary
Base notes: Cedar, Patchouli
Price: from $120 AUD

Best fresh citrus colognes allure homme sport by chanel
Allure Homme Sport by Chanel | Image: Chanel

6. Allure Homme Sport by Chanel

We love everything Chanel does, especially its fragrances. Why do we love it? It’s not afraid to make a statement, with a fresh and woody fragrance that is sensual and bold. Designed for the man who loves a challenge, Italian mandarin heralds the clean and intense notes of cedar, balanced with a sensual and almondy Tonka bean, and enhanced by white musk. One of the best fresh men’s fragrances with a sensual touch, we love it for any season.

Launched: 2004
Top notes: Orange, Sea Notes, Aldehydes, Blood Mandarin
Middle notes: Pepper, Neroli, Cedar
Base notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, White Musk, Amber, Vetiver, Elemi resin
Price: from $175 AUD

Best fresh citrus colognes viking cologne by creed
Viking Cologne by Creed | Image: Creed

7. Viking Cologne by Creed

While it’s only been around for a few years, Viking by Creed has become one of our favourite scents for the man who’s looking for the ultimate bold, fresh citrus perfume. Inspired by the scents of springtime in the Norwegian fjords, the perfume blends dry sandalwood, fresh bergamot, nutmeg and frankincense for the ultimate zesty vibe. Designed for the modern-day Viking, the fragrance is a contemporary scent for the modern-day adventurer.

Launched: 2021
Top notes: Mandarin Orange, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Bergamot
Middle notes: Lavender, Geranium, Rosemary, Sage, Nutmeg
Base notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedar, Olibanum, Patchouli
Price: from $359 AUD

Best fresh citrus colognes born in roma yellow dream by valentino
Born in Roma Yellow Dream by Valentino | Image: Valentino

8. Born in Roma Yellow Dream by Valentino

Perhaps the least-citrus-inspired scent on the list, we love the spicy and sweet tang of this luxurious fragrance. Valentino has created an exotic connotation of juicy Italian mandarin and zesty pineapple that not only awakens the senses but exudes a sensual feel thanks to the textured vanilla and cedarwood. We imagine this scent is what a bustling lane somewhere along the coast of Cinque Terre looks like, and we’re obsessed.

Launched: 2021
Top notes: Pineapple, Mandarin Orange
Middle notes: Ginger, Gingerbread, Spices
Base notes: Vanilla Absolute, Cedar Essence
Price: from $200 AUD

Luna rossa ocean by prada
Luna Rossa Ocean by Prada | Image: Prada

9. Luna Rossa Ocean by Prada

If you’re looking for a clean, masculine scent to keep you feeling fresh, Luna Rossa Ocean by Pradais is the best fresh men’s fragrance for the job. Featuring a cocktail of citrus combined with lavender and sage creates a sophisticated, elegant fragrance. Ideal for the summer months, it makes a wonderful addition to any man’s perfume collection.

Launched: 2021
Top notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Artemisia
Middle notes: Lavender, Iris, Sage, Suede, Saffron
Base notes: Musk, Haitian Vetiver, Patchouli, Caramel
Price: from $126 AUD

Mister marvelous by byredo
Mister Marvelous by Byredo | Image: Byredo

10. Mister Marvelous by Byredo

Byredo’s Mister Marvelous fragrance is a limited-edition reissue of the original cult favourite citrus perfume for him. Even fresher than its predecessor, it encapsulates a modern citrus-led twist with notes of mandarin leaves and neroli flower and a fresh heart of bamboo and green lavender, and spicy notes of black amber and white cedarwood. Oh, la la.

Launched: 2014
Top notes: Petitgrain, Neroli
Middle notes: Bamboo, Lavender
Base notes: Cedar, Amber
Price: from $400 AUD

Lhumaniste by frapin
L’Humaniste by Frapin | Image: Frapin

11. L’Humaniste by Frapin

One of the best fresh men’s fragrances with a strong aromatic profile, Frapin doesn’t disappoint with this long-time favourite. Found in many a man’s fragrance collections, it features a playful gin accord with plenty of spice thanks to a mix of cardamom, pink pepper and black pepper. This scent is sure to spice up any day.

Launched: 2009
Top notes: Amalfi Lemon, Bergamot, Cardamom, Pink Pepper, Pepper
Middle notes: Juniper Berries, Nutmeg, Thyme, Peony
Base notes: Gin, Oakmoss, Tonka Bean
Price: from $259 AUD

Every one by calvin klein
Every One by Calvin Klein | Image: Calvin Klein

12. Every One by Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein knows what the people want, and their clean, citrus fragrance is just that. The multifaceted scent is fresh and aromatic, with organic orange oil layers over a heart of blue tea accord and a musky base of cedarwood. It is also vegan, made from naturally-derived alcohol and infused with ingredients derived from natural origins and comes in a recyclable glass bottle. The best bit? This citrus cologne is also extremely affordable.

Launched: 2020
Top notes: Orange Oil, Ginger
Middle notes: Watery Notes, Tea
Base notes: Musk, Cedar, Amber, Patchouli
Price: from $60 AUD

Uden overdose by xerjoff
Uden Overdose by Xerjoff | Image: Xerjoff

13. Uden Overdose by Xerjoff

This is the best fresh cologne for those who can handle a lot of citrus, and we mean, a lot. The perfume is inspired by the summer and the sea, with enticing top notes of lemon and bergamot, a heart of spicy ginger, tobacco flowers and coffee with amber and musk to finish. Encased in a crystal flacon and enthroned in a leather box, you can get much more luxurious than this.

Launched: 2018
Top notes: Lemon, Bergamot
Middle notes: Ginger, Tobacco blossom
Base notes: Amber, Musk
Price: from $400 AUD

Pomegranate noir cologne by jo malone london
Pomegranate Noir Cologne by Jo Malone London | Image: Jo Malone London

14. Pomegranate Noir Cologne by Jo Malone London

An aromatic fruity fragrance, Pomegranate Noir Cologne is fresh without the citrus, and with more exotic fruit flavours bringing that delicious fresh quality we all love. We love how it combines everyone’s favourite summer fruits to create a rich, sensual and enigmatic scent that is perfect for any occasion.

Launched: 2014
Top notes: Pomegranate, Raspberry, Plum, Rhubarb, Watermelon
Middle notes: Rose, Pink Pepper, Cardamon, Opoponax, Casablanca Lily, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-Valley, Guaiac Wood, Olibanum
Base notes: Patchouli, Amber, Cedar, Musk
Price: from $229 AUD

Best fall colognes terre dhermes
Terre d’Hermes Parfum by Hermes | Image: Hermes

15. Terre d’Hermes Parfum by Hermes

If this doesn’t scream fresh, citrusy goodness, we don’t what does. The perfect fragrance for those looking for the freshness of orange and grapefruit with the warmth of wood. We love how simple it is, even down to the minimalistic bottle.

Launched: 2009
Top notes: Orange, Grapefruit
Middle notes: Flint
Base notes: Woodsy Notes, oak moss, Benzoin
Price: from $200 AUD

How Man of Many Chose this List of Fresh Citrus Colognes

With more than 10 years of experience covering the latest in mens colognes, Man of Many has curated a list of the best fresh citrus colognes for men. Here, it goes without saying, that having a good nose is key. And while Man of Many has had the chance to test every fragrance on this list (often thanks to their friends in the industry), they’ve also turned to the wider public for their overall ratings. Their list of fresh citrus fragrances takes into account three major perspectives to determine the overall rating. In addition to their own opinions, they take into account reviews via the perfume forum Fragrantica and the Australian retailers Myer and Chemist Warehouse. They then collate the information together and measure the best fresh citrus perfumes for men via overall scent profile, reader ratings and value for money.

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Fresh Colognes for Men FAQs

What is the best luxury citrus perfume for men?

The best luxury citrus perfume for men is Aqua Celestia by Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

When is the best time of year to wear citrus perfume?

The summer and spring months are ideal for wearing a citrus perfume.

Is fresh cologne for men ok to wear out?

Yes, fresh cologne for men is ok to wear out!