As the sun begins to get closer, you may find that springtime fragrances become too heavy for the heat. Even those who tend to stick to a single signature scent may begin itching for something new in the searing heat.
Therefore, this guide will reveal the top 10 best men’s fragrances for summer:
Offering sprightly fruity notes such as pineapple and blackcurrant, Aventus is reminiscent of a fresh cocktail. A floral bouquet with birch and patchouli also soothes under the sun with a light heart. Finally, crisp oak moss and vanilla provide bright notes along with a marine ambergris finish.
Head: Pineapple, Cassis, Apple, Bergamot
Heart: Rose, Jasmine, Birch, Patchouli
Base: Oak Moss, Vanilla, Ambergris
"A luxurious summertime scent and our top recommendation."
By contrasting sharp citrus notes against a consistent sea-breeze aroma, Acqua di Giò is a renowned summer fragrance. Its sun-kissed beach connotations are then further extended by ambergris and calone with touches of peach and freesia for a mouthwatering heart.
A veritable marine adventure, Kenzo Pour Homme offers an experience akin to calm blue ocean and lazy seaweed swaying with driftwood under the glaring sun. A salty seaweed head interacts with mahogany before an aromatic heart, which leads to an ambergris and cedar base.
Often unfairly regarded as a clone of Creed Aventus, Explorer offers a unique experience of its own. A bracing fragrance with a combination of refreshing notes, it’s an excellent and affordable option for summer. We’re also big fans of the 30ml travel atomisers for when travelling on vacation.
If you’re on a tighter budget and can’t afford Creed Aventus, you should really consider CDNIM! A cult favourite in the fragrance community, it’s essentially an Aventus clone. While it won’t offer you the same premium experience, it’s still a great option.
Although it offers a refreshing citrus head, we’re particularly fond of its aromatic notes. Its hints of juniper with rosemary aromas will both provide a tantalising skin scent while also a seductive scent bubble.
A refreshing and inoffensive yet gourmand experience, l’Eau Super Majeure d’Issey delivers initially aromatic and citrus notes. However, it reveals an alluring combination of tonka bean and cashmeran, the latter resembling wool and amber. Perfect for balmy summer nights!
Opening with refreshing melon and cucumber notes, Polo Blue is an ideal fragrance for particularly searing days. Delicate aromatics in the heart extend the crisp tones before a white amber base complemented by earthy patchouli and exhilarating oak moss.
A wonderfully versatile concoction, Eros can be worn throughout the year for a variety of occasions. However, it shines its brightest during summer. In this season, its fruity head and amber heart correspond perfectly to the season’s atmosphere.
Davidoff Cool Water is probably the first that comes to mind when you think of summer fragrances. Indeed, it held this spot for many years. However, it has been recently replaced by Azzaro Chrome, which is similar but somewhat more refined and more contemporary despite being a product of the 1990s as well.
Through the power of association, olfactory memory can liken a specific smell with a memory or experience. This tangible imagery is an aspect that makes fragrances both attractive and desirible.
As memories can often be bound to a place or a time, it’s not surprising that they can also be associated with seasons. Furthermore, both memory and smell can be quite potent, which can lead them to provoke certain emotions.
Therefore, a gifted perfumer will endeavour to draw out these emotional responses. This is achieved by developing a fragrance to which the wearer and his or her entourage can easily relate.
Our individual experiences and environments can also affect the way we associate aromas with such seasons. However, nature can be something of a unifying constant, which can bring us together.
How Do You Define A Summer Fragrance?
If you were to sit back and reminisce, how would you describe summer? Of course, your geographical location may play a role in this. However, many people will imagine the classic sea, sand and sun ideal.
In terms of smell, we could often conjure imagery of suntan lotion, cool waves, hot sand as well as seawood or moist wood drying under the sun. Alternatively, we could consider more inland locations and think about fresh fruit, drying herbs, cool rocks and freshly-cut grass.
Common Summertime Notes
Therefore, it’s not surprising that many summer fragrances will evoke these notions with tangible and vivid aromas. A particularly common note is calone, a synthetic aldehyde that smells both cool and fresh.
As you may have noticed in the list above, the majority feature this note and may well have it as an ingredient. Although it’s artificial, it’s particularly evocative of cool ocean waves as well as sun cream.
At its most effective, calone is often paired with similar aromas. The sea-breeze sentiment is usually extended by adding ambergris, which is a type of musk extracted from whales. Today, its use is prohibited. However, perfumers have discovered ambroxide as a synthetic alternative.
Overall, ambergris is a note that can be likened to a fresh and oceanic white musk. Sometimes it’s associated with pipe tobacco or even earth. Nevertheless, it offers a potent summertime odour.
Likewise, aromatics and fruit are a particularly popular choice. Sage, mint and basil are quite common and some fruits such as pineapple and melon are constantly gaining traction. After all, even if you don’t relate them to fresh fruit, you may enjoy them in a summertime cocktail.
Finally, fresh woody tones are often quite effective when incorporated in summer fragrances. The most common of these is oak moss, which is similar to freshly-cut grass. Another frequent choice is cedar, which when paired with calone can make a particularly fresh note.
If you liked perusing our selection of the best summertime colognes, don’t forget that you can also see what we suggest for other seasons. Just jump back to the top to see what we offer in our other guides. Alternatively, see all our other fragrance resources including these: