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Top 20 Summer Fragrances (Men’s Fragrance Guide)

June 06, 2020DMT Beauty

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Summer is in full swing.

And that mean's it's time to change up the fragrance game.

But how do you decide? What men's fragrances can you opt for, while sticking to your personal style?

That's the goal of today's article, gents. What is the best summer cologne for men? We're going over 20 men's summer fragrances you can put to work this summer.

There's bound to be a few to fall in love with.


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What Makes A Summer Fragrance?

Why don't we keep it simple and stick to general fragrance categories? What even makes a summer fragrance?

Men's fragrance types come down to the power of association.

There's nothing complicated about it. If a smell reminds you of summer, then it can safely be categorized as a summer fragrance.

summer fragrances beach

Determining a summer fragrance comes down to one thing: Whether or not it reminds you of the tropics.

You're going to see quite a few aquatic fragrances on this list. They usually carry notes reminiscent of the sea. Some perfumers even use Headspace Technology to replicate and synthesize the smell of the ocean.

The scent molecules around objects are isolated, captured, and replicated according to the needs of the perfumer.

Citrus fragrances are also popular in the summer. These tend to smell, well… citrusy. Expect an assortment of oranges, limes, lemons, and pineapple.

You can learn more about the basics by checking out my ultimate introduction to men's colognes.

Let's get started.


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Summer Fragrance 20. BVLGARI Aqva Pour Homme

What sets this fragrance apart is its versatility and its masculine take on aquatic notes. You can wear this with a T-shirt and jeans, but you can also rock it in the office. It starts off citrusy with a heart of seaweed (bare with me) and a base of wood and amber.

Top Notes: Petitgrain, Orange

Heart Notes: Seaweed, light Lavender and Cotton

Base Notes: Strongly woody, Amber


Summer Fragrance 19. L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme

The mind behind this fragrance is Issey Miyake – and he excels at using unusual ingredients in order to make his concoctions stand out. For L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme, it's Yuzu Citrus. Where most citrus scents last about 2 hours, this one will last 6-8 hours!

Top Notes: Yuzu, Lemon, Bergamot, Lemon Verbena

Heart Notes: Blue Lotus, Nutmeg

Base Notes: Vetiver, Musk


Summer Fragrance 18. John Varvatos Artisan Pure

This fragrance was inspired by the landscapes in Xalapa, Mexico, renowned for its citrus and coffee groves. It is a distinctly citrusy fragrance rounded out by woody accords. This is a great compromise for a man who is already in love with wood but wants to branch out.

The EDT version leans a little harder on Tangerine – also a solid choice.

Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Clementine, Thyme, Marjoram

Heart Notes: Petitgrain, Ginger

Base Notes: Strong Wood, Orris, Amber, Some Musk


Summer Fragrance 17. Dunhill Icon

This was the first fragrance released by the British house under its directer John Ray. It's got a firm, refined scent which is perfect for the elegant man. Though classified as an aromatic-woody fragrance, it has a strong enough citrus presence to earn a spot on this list.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Neroli, Pepper

Heart Notes: Pepper, Lavender, Cardamom

Base Notes: Weak Musk and Oud


Summer Fragrance 16. Burberry Touch

This is a workhorse fragrance that boasts an unusual combo. Violet, Mandarin, and Tonka Bean seem weird on paper, but they make for a pleasant aroma! Will it make you stand out? No, but it's a solid fragrance for the heat.

Is it citrus or aquatic? No, it's a floral fragrance – but it's got the stamina to withstand high temperatures.

Top Notes: Mandarin, Violet, Artemisia

Heart Notes: Pepper, some Nutmeg

Base Notes: Tonka Bean


Summer Fragrance 15. Dolce & Gabbana K

The name of this fragrance is misleading. “K” stands for King, and kings tend to be powerful and direct. This is actually quite a light and it doesn't stand out. Nevertheless, it's a good, versatile fragrance for the summertime.

Top Notes: Juniper Berries, Citrus, Blood Orange

Heart Notes: Pimento

Base Notes: Vetiver, Cedar



Summer Fragrance 14. Chanel Homme Sport

chanel homme sport fragrance

Allure Homme Sport epitomizes elegance in the summer fragrance field.

This is a powerfully citrusy scent paired with sea notes. The result is a wonderfully balanced summer fragrance. It's fresh and young – the smell of a vibrant young man.

Chanel does it again.

Top Notes: Orange, Blood Mandarin, Sea Notes, Aldehydes

Heart Notes: Pepper, Neroli, Cedar

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla


Summer Fragrance 13. Acqua Di Gio

This is an essential fragrance in every man's summer collection. It's a solid aquatic fragrance, powerfully reminiscent of the sea. It's not all seawater, though – you'll find a healthy burst of zest and citrus in this scent.

Top Notes: Mandarin, Orange, Jasmine, Lemon

Heart Notes: Strong Sea Notes

Base Notes: Faint Amber, Cedar, Oakmoss


Summer Fragrance 12. Versace Man Eau Fraiche

As far as budget fragrances go, you could do much worse than this. It's a simple, fresh fragrance loads of citrus and some grassy notes. It's got decent longevity and sillage for the price. This is an excellent starter fragrance, especially for the summer.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Starfruit

Heart Notes: Tarragon, Sage, Pepper

Base Notes: Saffron, Wood, Musk


Summer Fragrance 11. Davidoff Cool Water

This is a timeless and popular summer fragrance that packs a punch for the price. True to its name, Cool Water opens with some hefty sea notes before settling into tobacco, musk, and oakmoss.

Top Notes: Intense Sea Notes, Green Notes, Mint, Lavender

Heart Notes: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Neroli

Base Notes: Musk, Tobacco, Oakmoss


Summer Fragrance 10. Antonio Puig Aqua Quorum

Antonio Puig Aqua Quorum cologne

Aqua Quorum is a relatively obscure fragrance, but a worthy addition to any man's collection.

If you like Polo Sport, then I'd like to introduce you to his older brother. This summer fragrance packs a punch at a fraction of the price. It's a bit sour for aquatic scents, but I'd argue it's BETTER than Polo nonetheless.

Top Notes: Lavender, Freesia

Heart Notes: Geranium, Grapefruit

Base Notes: Oakmoss, Amber, Leather



Summer Fragrance 9. Nautica Nautica

nautica nautica fragrance bottle

It may not last very long on your skin, but Nautica is a good starter fragrance.

Nautica fragrances are a mixed bag. They're highly accessible but you essentially get what you pay for. They don't last long and you might have to reapply them multiple times. However, it gets the job done in a pinch.

Top Notes: Aldehydes, Lime, Bergamot, Lemon

Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Caraway, Caraway, Geranium

Base Notes: Amber, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Musk, Oakmoss, Cedar


Summer Fragrance 8. Bentley Azure

This crisp, creamy fragrance just isn't talked about enough. It's inspired by relaxing drives along the coast, breathing in the breeze that comes in from the sea. It's relaxing, easygoing, and a worthy balanced summer fragrance.

Top Notes: Pineapple, Violet Leaf, Tangerine, Bergamot

Heart Notes: Paprika, Lavender, Tea, Clary Sage

Base Notes: Cashmere, Tonka Bean


Summer Fragrance 7. Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua

invictus aqua fragrance

Invictus Aqua will get the ladies to notice you.

This is one of THE SEXIEST FRAGRANCES I've ever smelled. You could say that about Invictus when it comes to colognes as a whole, let alone summer fragrances. As far as aquatic scents go, this one is bound to get you noticed.

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Violet Leaf

Heart Notes: Sea Notes, Violet, Woody

Base Notes: Ambergris, Amberwood


Summer Fragrance 6. Lacoste L.12.12. White

The unusual name is derived from the manufacturer's code on the original polo shirts produced by Rene Lacoste. It's a clean-smelling fragrance with a unique smell that you can't go wrong with. What stands out the most? The scent of ylang-ylang, a flower native to India.

Top Notes: Rosemary, Cardamom, Grapefruit

Heart Notes: Ylang-ylang, Tuberose

Base Notes: Virginia Cedar, Leather, Suede, Vetiver


Summer Fragrance 5. Creed Royal Water

creed royal water bottle

Royal Water is the king of fresh fragrances.

We're getting into the house of Creed – but we won't be including Aventus on this list.

Royal Water holds up to its name pretty well. It's fresh, clean, and brings to bear an assortment of citrus. It has the longevity to rival Aventus for sure, and it's nothing less than a top-class Creed fragrance.

Top Notes: Citrus, Mint

Heart Notes: Juniper Berries, Basil

Base Notes: Musk, Ambergris


Summer Fragrance 4. Creed Original Vetiver

creed cologne bottle

Creed nails it again with Original Vetiver.

If you like the grassy appeal of vetiver, then this is your fragrance. The concoction infuses vetiver leaves in order to make a freshness unique to Creed. It brings together Citrus and vetiver for a sensual and warm scent. Don't miss out on this one.

Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Ginger, Bergamot

Heart Notes: Iris, Haitian Vetiver, Sandalwood

Base Notes: Musk, Ambergris


Summer Fragrance 3. Creed Neroli Sauvage

creed neroli bottle scenery

Creed's take on this classic aroma is truly one to behold. Neroli Sauvage perfect for summer.

This is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance designed for both men and women. Fun fact: Neroli is named after a 17th-century Italian duchess from Nerola, Italy. It was she who made the scent popular.

Neroli Sauvage hones in on this aroma while blending in a helping of citrusy notes. It was launched in 1994 and holds up to this day.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit

Heart Notes: Neroli, Verbena

Base Notes: Ambergris


Summer Fragrance 2. Creed Himalaya

Creed Himalaya bottle

Creed Himalaya's bottle design was inspired by the canteens carried by mountaineers.

I know you don't expect something named after frigid mountains to scream “summer.” However, the contents in this bottle do.

We are introduced to a menagerie of citrus scents which give it away as a summer fragrance. Sandalwood forms the heart before drying down to cedar and musk. This is a fascinating combination of scents, a must-have for every Creed fan.

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Lemon

Heart Notes: Sandalwood

Base Notes: Musk, Ambergris, Cedar


Without further adieu, the BEST summer cologne for men…


Summer Fragrance 1. The King of Summer: Creed Erolfa

creed erolfa bottle

Creed Erolfa is the single best summer fragrance for men out there.

This summer fragrance is deeply personal to the Creed family. It was made to recall their voyages across the Mediterranean. The name is actually a combination of letters from their names.

This is an aquatic fragrance without equal. It evokes the high seas from the get-go. If you take anything away from my men's fragrance guide, let it be that Erolfa rules the waves.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Violet, Cumin, Basil, Rosemary, Melon

Heart Notes: Cyclamen, Jasmine, Ginger, Coriander, Pepper

Base Notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Moss, Amber


Summary – Best Summer Cologne For Men

Gentlemen, we've covered a lot today.

Summer fragrances encompass a wide range of citrus and aquatic scents. Whether you're on a budget or have a signature style, there's a scent out there just four you.

Make the choice, and hit the beaches!


This article is brought to you by Scentbird – the awesome subscription service that makes it cheap and easy to try all the best men's colognes They have over 450 scents on their website – pick one and they’ll send you a month’s supply for just $14.95 when a full bottle might set you back $100.

Scentbird allows you to date a fragrance before you commit. They’ve got top designer brands like Tom Ford, Gucci, Hugo Boss, and Kenneth Cole, plus a variety of niche fragrances. Take advantage this summer – click here to try Scentbird today. Use code RMRSTYLE to get 30% off your first month.

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