Although most men wouldn’t think it would be too difficult to find a good summer cologne, it’s surprisingly harder than it seems. That’s not due to the shortage of colognes that can be used when the weather is warm but is primarily because there’s always a debate going on as to what’s specifically a summer season cologne and what isn’t one. A debate that’s probably been raging every since cologne was first invented.
Since it can be frustrating for people to wade into these murky waters, we decided to go ahead and end the debate on what makes a good cologne for summer. After doing some research, we think we’ve found ten colognes that should qualify as the best summer colognes out there. So without further ado, allow us to introduce you to our picks and the fragrances we think are perfect for June through September.
Best Summer Colognes
10. Kenneth Cole Mankind
This cologne was launched in 2013 and due to its unique scent profile, it quickly became one of the best summer colognes available. That’s because it has notes that are woodsy and aromatic with distinct pineapple notes in its background. This fragrance starts with top notes of ginger, tarragon, and cardamom before it spirals into its heart notes of cinnamon and cedar. At its very base, are notes that include the fragrances of tonka bean, musk, sandalwood, and oakmoss. With all of these woodsy and aromatic scents working together, a person would think this was a warmer scent, but actually, it’s very bright in its presentation. And that makes it the ideal scent for summer.
9. Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo EDT Spray
This EDT spray’s bottle may be simple, but the fragrance contained within it is anything but simple. It’s a beautiful combination of notes that was first developed in 2013 and has been delighting the senses of men and women ever since. It’s a combination of Italian fragrances that will make anyone wearing it feel like they’re vacationing for the summer in Milan or Florence. Its top notes include the fragrances of citrus fruits mixed with moss, and its middle notes are pure violet leaves. What’s truly exceptional about this fragrance, however, is its base notes. Base notes that are a combination of vetiver and cedar.
8. Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue
Anyone looking for a fragrance that is not only a true summer scent but is one that will remind them of the Sicilian coast will want to give Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue a try. This scent starts strong with the notes of apple, Sicilian lemons, and cedar, and then quickly transitions into its heart notes of jasmine and white roses. After those notes have faded away, it’s true base is then allow to rise with notes of amber and musk. It’s a fragrance that’s been delighting the senses of men and women alike since 2001 and was originally developed by Olivier Cresp.
7. Tommy Hilfiger Tommy
This fragrance from Tommy Hilfiger starts with a citrusy cocktail before it finally settles through an array of floral notes and into a base that’s reminiscent of nights out in the desert. This scent’s top notes include mint, bergamot and lemon fragrances, and it’s heart notes are resplendent with notes of roses, cranberries, and apples. At its very base are the earth notes of cactus, cotton, and amber that come together quite well to the delight of the person wearing it. Overall, it’s a scent profile that many men will love and that many men have loved since it was released back in the mid-1990s.
6. Calvin Klein CK One
One whiff of this citrusy cologne from Calvin Klein is enough to convince anyone that it’s a bright summer scent. That’s because it starts with top notes that include the scents of lemon, lime, pineapple, and papaya. This fragrance burns off fairly quickly and gives way to this colognes heart notes that include jasmine, orris root, violet, and rose. As the fragrance sinks into its base notes, the wearer’s nose is then excited by notes of sandalwood, amber, cedar and green tea. It all comes together to make a scent profile that’s perfect for a day at the beach or a BBQ in the park.
5. Versace Man Eua Fraiche
Versace Man Eau Fraiche is not only a summer fragrance, but it’s an aquatic cologne that men are going to want to wear year-round. This product comes in a beautiful bottle that holds this exciting combination of approximately fourteen intertwined notes. At its top, this fragrance contains notes of starfruit, lemon, lime, cardamom, and Brazillian rosewood. This top note quickly yields to heart notes that are composed of pepper, cedar, sage, and tarragon. And this intricate structure is held up by a base that includes notes of sycamore, musk, and amber. It’s a summer cologne with a Latin vibe that has to be experienced to be fully understood.
4. Nautica Classic for Men
Nautica Classic is a fragrance that’s helped plenty of men through plenty of summers. It’s an exhilarating scent that combines a variety of different scents for a fabulous effect. Its top notes include notes of lemon, bergamot, lime, aldehydes, clary sage and cypress. It’s heart notes include the scents of geranium, rose, and caraway. And at its base, this cologne has sents of musk, patchouli, cedar, and sandalwood. It’s a brilliant combination of fragrances that seems like it was custom made for wearing in the summer sun. And it’s all contained in a bottle that’s stylish and worthy of a spot in anyone’s medicine cabinet.
3. Nautica Voyage For Men
This daytime scent was originally launched in 2006 and has been the focal point of many men’s summer wear ever since. It’s a fragrance that reminds men of the sea and sailing, so the men who wear it are often tempted to jump on their sailboat and just hit the waves. This fragrance has top notes of apples and green leaves; middle notes that feature lotus and mimosa; and base notes that include cedar, musk, and amber. All of these scents together make a real coastal scent that perfect for summers on the beach or outings at the lake.
2. Issey Miyake L’eau Bleue D’issey Pour Homme
This fragrance was released in 2004, and its iconic blue bottle has caught a lot of attention ever since. Although its bottle is beautiful, what’s exciting about this product is a fragrance that is locked away inside of it. This EDT spray has rosemary and citrus top notes that feature the scents of bergamot, lime, and Mandarin oranges. At its heart, this fragrance has notes of lavender, juniper berries, ginger, cypress, and pink pepper. And all of these notes are supported by its base, a base that includes the scents of oakmoss, amber, patchouli, and sandalwood. It’s a scent that’s great for both the summer and fall months.
1. Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct
First Instinct is an Oriental fragrance from Abercrombie & Fitch that’s great for wearing during the intense summer months. It comes in a clear glass bottle that shows off the silvery liquid contained within it. This fragrance has top notes that are a combination of melon, gin, and tonic. It has heart notes that feature exciting citrus, flower violet leaf, and spicy Szechuan peppers. And at its base are the subdued tones of amber and musk mingled together. It’s a scent that was released in 2016, and it is a fragrance that’s sure to help men make each summer as memorable as possible.