The Top 10 Best Summer Cologne for Men (2021)

These Will Keep You Smelling Fresh & Amazing


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Best Summer Cologne for Men

Looking for a list of the best summer cologne for men in 2021?

If so, you’re in the right place.

We recently spent weeks researching and testing 73 different top mens summer fragrance to find out which ones are the best.

We looked at how good they smelled.

We looked at the performance and lasting power.

We looked at what situation each scent worked best in.

We even looked at the compliment factor.

And:

Now we’ve finally rounded up our top 10 list of the best mens summer cologne for 2021.

The best part?

Today I’m going to share our results with you.

Sound good? Let’s dive right in…

Side note: for our best men’s winter cologne list go here.

In a hurry?

Our Top 3 Picks:

What Makes a Good Summer Cologne?


Here’s a mistake I see a LOT of guys make:

Rocking a thick winter fragrance in the high summer heat.

HUGE mistake. Here’s why:

This is the same as wearing a big thick winter jacket to the beach – on a red-hot summers day. Yikes, right?

Because here’s the thing…

The hotter it gets, the more sweeter the scent will get …and it will start to project like crazy and become sickly smelling (not good).

Rocking a thick winter fragrance in the high summer heat is the same as wearing a big thick winter jacket to the beach on a red-hot summers day.Click To Tweet

So to be clear:

If you wear heavy winter scents in the high heat you will annoy everyone around you. Giving your co-workers a juicy headache won’t make you too popular. Don’t be that guy. 🙂

Bottom line:

Heavy oud and thick leather sweet scents in warm temperatures are a big no no. Which means…

It’s time to bring out the Aquatics and Citruses. 🍊🍉🍇🍍

When the sun starts shining it’s time to drop the heavy based scents and start using lighter fresh bright clean tropical scents. 🏝

Best Summer Cologne for Men Citrus

Here’s the thing:

It’s very hard to be unique with summery citrus aquatic fragrances as most of them all have the same sort of vibe.

All of our picks below are on the unique side. You will stand out from the crowd and will sure to bag some nice compliments 🙂

But here’s the kicker:

Summer aquatic and citrus based scents are not super long lasting like their heavy thick vanilla based winter counterparts. Citrus is very volatile on the skin… so don’t expect miracles 🙂

But here’s a tip that works great:

To make your citrus based scents last longer, just simply give your clothes a quick spritz. Sorted.

Now for the good news…

Women absolutely love fresh scents on men 🙂

Anyway… All of these fragrances below smell amazing and work GREAT in the high heat.

Now it’s time to share our results with you…

#10 Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct


Compliment Magnet

First Instinct is a tropical sweet juicy fragrance.

Let’s take a look…

This opens with a juicy sweet melon note mixed with a gin & tonic vibe… Giving it a bright sparkling effect – which balances the sweetness out perfectly.

It’s super fresh, bright and uplifting.

…When it starts to settle, you get a sweet melon and leathery mix vibe.

And it smells GREAT.

Youthful

This performs best in the heat but can be used all year round.

First Instinct is a fun casual fragrance, best suited for the younger crowd… But any age could pull it off, as long as you are dressed casually. To be clear, this is not a suit and tie formal fragrance.

The good news…

Crowd Pleaser

This scent is a BIG crowd pleaser… so expect a lot of compliments. 🙂

To be honest, it’s not super long lasting… But it’s acceptable for this type of scent… and it gets the job done.

The best part?

This is super affordable and is a great bang-for-your-buck!

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#9 Paco Rabanna Invictus Aqua


A Fruity Citrus Aquatic

Here’s the skinny:

Invictus Aqua is a summer version of the original Invictus.

This one is fresher and doesn’t have the intense bubble-gum vibe of the original. Oh… and it smells better. 🙂

Let’s break it down…

Bright & Clean

This kicks off with a bright clean sparkling grapefruit citrus opening …with a slight pinch of sweetness.

It has a slight touch of the original Invictus DNA but the grapefruit and marine notes give it an aqua vibe.

And it works GREAT.

Freshness

The freshness and the sweetness are perfectly balanced with a woody base to create this crowd-pleasing winning combination fragrance.

HUGE compliment getter.

Easy-Going

Best for spring and summer, day or night. This has a fun easy-going vibe best suited for casual, social gatherings, nights out, clubbing, dates.

Lasting power is also quite decent with an average of about 6 – 7 hours.

Great. 🙂

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#8 Ferrari Bright Neroli


Bright, Fresh & Clean

Unlike the cars… Ferrari fragrances are very affordable. 🙂

Now, needless to say:

This is obviously a neroli based fragrance. In case you don’t know… Neroli is an essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree.

Neroli smells sweet, honeyed and somewhat metallic with green and spicy facets.

In a nutshell:

It gives off a clean fresh soapy vibe. Let’s take a look…

Ferrari Bright Neroli opens with a blast of bright fresh citrus notes (mainly orange). When it settles, the orange blossom and neroli come into play joined with a light woody base.

The result?

It smells SUPER fresh and clean. Making it a beautiful fragrance for a hot summer day.

Smells High Quality

This is a great bang-for-your-buck.

Because listen to this…

In the fragrance community, this often gets compared to a much more expensive fragrance called: Tom Ford Neroli Portifino.

To be honest, they do NOT smell exactly the same… But they are very similar and you get the same sort of vibe with Bright Neroli …but at a FRACTION of the price.

Can you say jackpot? 🙂

Subtle

This is a unisex scent and best for summer and spring daytime use. Any age group and more suited for casual use.

And is quite a subtle scent so you can even use this for the office/work… Has decent lasting performance to keep you smelling clean and fresh.

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#7 Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc


The Clean & The Fresh!

This is a sweet woody citrus fragrance. It’s unique and super safe.

In case you’re wondering…

This fragrance is named after the first polo shirt the French tennis player René Lacoste created back in 1927. Its code was L.12.12.

L” stands for Lacoste, the number “1” symbolizes the “Petit Piqué” material used, “2” represents short sleeves and “12” is the number of prototypes made before the final product.

Anyway…

Grapefruit

This opens up SUPER fresh and clean with a spicy grapefruit citrus vibe with whispers of white floral notes.

To be clear:

The floral notes do not smell feminine, as the scent is balanced out with masculine notes to give off a creamy woody fresh scent.

Super Versatile

Lacoste Blanc is perfect for the spring and summer. Best for casual use… but you can wear this anywhere, anytime, any age.

Even better…

Has amazing lasting power for a citrus based scent.

This would go GREAT with a white polo shirt 🙂

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#6 Acqua di Parma - Fico Di Amalfi


Deliciously Refreshing

This works GREAT in the HIGH heat.

First off…

In case you don’t know, Fico di Amalfi is Italian and translates to “Fig of the Amalfi” (a coastal town in the Mediterranean). So no surprise here…

A Fig note is the star of this fragrance… And it smells so refreshing and natural – Fig has a sweet and juicy quality.

Let’s break it down…

(By the way, Acqua di Parma are an Italian lifestyle company that create high quality fragrances. To discover our top picks from the brand go here)

Bright & Uplifting

Fico Di Amalfi opens up with a blast of beautiful uplifting zesty citruses. Grapefruit dominates the opening – it’s bright, sparkling and fizzy. This is quality. 🙂

Here’s the beautiful part…

When it starts to settle, the fig note joins the party …with a whisper of jasmine, woods and a pinch of pink pepper – giving it a green woody creamy vibe.

And hats off to Acqua di Parma… 

Authentic & Natural

It’s blended beautifully and smells SUPER authentic and natural. A very unique crowd-pleasing fragrance.

Best for spring and summer… but you could wear this all seasons. If you live somewhere hot, this would make a great all year signature scent.

Subtle

This is a subtle fragrance and so easy to wear… Dressed up, dressed down, shorts and a T-shirt, work, casual. Any age.

The best part?

This is unisex …so you can even share it with your partner. Bonus . 🙂

Needless to say, if you’re looking for a super masculine type scent – this is not it.

This is Eau de Toilette concentration and the lasting performance is decent for a citrus based scent typically 5 – 6 hours.

Great. 🙂

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#5 Coach New York Coach for Men


Crowd Pleaser

I’ll make it super easy for you…

If you’re simply looking for a safe, clean, crowd pleasing fragrance to wear in the warmer weather – for almost ANY situation…

Get this. 🙂

Coach for Men gets the job done… And it smells GREAT.

Let’s take a closer look…

Fresh Fruity Pear

Coach for Men opens up with a blast of sparkling fresh citruses mixed with a sweet fruity pair note and a dose of ambroxan. (Ambroxan is simply an aroma molecule that gives off a nice fresh sweet vibe).

And when it settles down… you get a spicy creamy woody vibe in the background. It smells very smooth and clean.

There’s no doubt about it:

This one is a BIG compliment getter. 🙂

Anytime Anywhere

Any age… You can wear this dressed up, dressed down, day or night, for the office, dates, nights out, you name it…

Best for spring and summer …but you can wear this all year round. Would make a GREAT signature scent.

Inviting

Now to be clear, this is not a projection monster that will fill a room up… It’s subtle and inviting …and also has good lasting power.

Side note: the bottle looks gorgeous and has a handy twist locking mechanism on the sprayer.

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#4 Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi Acqua


A Luxurious Clean Fresh Summer Scent

First things first…

This is a newer, more affordable version of the amazing original Mandarino Di Amalfi …from Tom Ford’s luxury Private Blend Collection – which made it into our top 10 best Tom Ford cologne list.

The good news…

This more affordable version smells very similar to the more expensive original version.  Can you say jackpot? 🙂

In fact, this newer Acqua version is part of their more affordable Acqua Collection and is an Eau de Toilette concentration. The original being a stronger Eau de Parfum.

That said:

BOTH versions are GREAT. 🙂 Let’s take a closer look…

Super Fresh Juicy Orange

Now, just like the original version, this opens up with a blast of a SUPER fresh juicy orange and grapefruit …mixed with whispers of soft white florals and some spicy fresh herbs. Nice.

To be honest…

The opening on this Acqua version is slightly more toned down compared to the original. But with this Acqua version, they have added a beautiful minty note.

(By the way… Don’t be put off by the light floral notes – this is extremely well blended and is totally unisex.)

Light & Refreshing

It’s bright and juicy, light and refreshing. You get a beach type vibe.

I’ll be straight with you…

This only works well in the daytime heat… If you wear this in the cooler months it will be transparent (for our best fall/winter cologne recommendations click here).

The best part?

Super Versatile

This is super versatile: you can rock this dressed up, dressed down, anywhere any age. This is a real crowd pleaser.

But here’s the kicker:

Just like the original version, this one is also not super long lasting. We were getting about an average of 4 to 5 hours of longevity after an application.

The original version projects slightly more and lasts about the same.

Let’s be honest…

Citruses

Summer citrus and aquatic based scents are not super long lasting – citrus is very volatile on the skin. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution…

To make your citrus based scents last longer… simply give your clothes a quick spritz.

Sorted. 🙂

Side note: The frosted bottle looks gorgeous.

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#3 Hermes Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche


Eau Tres Fraiche! (Very Fresh!)

Here’s the deal:

This is a newer, fresher, (and better smelling 🙂) summer version of the original award winning Terre d’Hermes.

In fact, it was even created by same perfumer: Mr Jean-Claude Ellena – one of the greatest perfumers of modern times.

In case you didn’t know… Tres Fraiche is French and translates to “Very Fresh.”  Does it deliver on its promise?

Let’s find out…

Zesty Citrus

This opens up with a blast of super fresh zesty citrus mixed with aquatic notes with a whisper of spices.

…The orange and grapefruit citrus cocktail sparkles, it smells very authentic bright and juicy.

And hiding in the background, is the slightly earthy woody DNA of the original Terre d’Hermes with that flinty mineral vibe.

As it slowly transitions…

Cooling & Refreshing

You can detect the slight sweet woody notes – it smells creamy, cooling and refreshing. The citrus notes last the entire duration of the fragrance.

Simply put: this is the perfect balance between citrus and woods. 🙂

(By the way, if you love woody scents be sure to check out our best sandalwood cologne list out.)

And on top of that…

Hermès Quality

The bottle is gorgeous, and the Hermes presentation is outstanding. This would make an amazing gift for a loved one (being such a safe fragrance).

Super Versatile

All ages. You can wear this dressed up, casual, dates, work, days, nights, you name it…

Perfect for the spring and summer – but you could use this all seasons as a signature scent.

And the good news…

This also has good lasting power …and will be sure to get you through the day. Also garners a LOT of compliments. 🙂

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#2 Versace Man Eau Fraiche


A Summer Superstar

First off…

Don’t underestimate this one. 🙂 This is not a typical fresh scent. It has a unique star fruit (Carambola) note that smells amazing in the HIGH heat. Let’s take a look…

(By the way, to discover what the best smelling Versace fragrances are, check out our best Versace colognes list).

Fruity Aquatic

Versace Man Eau Fraiche opens up with a burst of super fresh lemon and bergamot citrus …mixed with a fruity aquatic vibe – which comes from the star fruit.

When it settles, woody nuances appear in the background with whispers of spices – to give it an overall semi-sweet fruity tropical vibe.

It’s super clean, bright and uplifting. HUGE compliment getter.

All Ages

This has a youthful vibe to it …but can be worn by all ages. Great for casual use, shorts and a T-shirt, pool parties, trips to the beach.

And the longevity is also quite decent.

I’ll be straight with you…

Performs in The Heat

This is best for summer (spring) use only – in warm temperatures. This does NOT perform in cold temperatures (for the best fall/winter colognes go here).

That said:

Don’t go crazy with the sprayer, as this one can jump off your skin the first few hours… so stick with 2 – 3 sprays MAX.

…and you’re set. 🙂

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#1 Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Profondo


Modernized (& Improved!)

Question for you:

What happens if you take the original best-seller Acqua Di Gio and enhance it… Making it: more refined, modern, better smelling and longer lasting?

Answer: You get the new Acqua Di Gio Profondo. 🙂

Modern

In a nutshell, this is a new modernized (improved) version of the original iconic Acqua di Gio …that smells about 70% similar.

In fact, it was also created by the very same award winning perfumer, Alberto Morillas. So if you were a fan of the original, this is a no brainer.

Let’s take a closer look…

Bright, Fresh & Clean

Acqua di Gio Profondo opens up bright, fresh and clean with a blast of sweet fruity orangey citrus – mixed with a cool marine aquatic vibe.

As it settles, some herbal tones (cypress & rosemary) appear and give it a fresh green undertone.

Nice.

And as it dries down… a mineral accord joined with a hint of woods and musk sits buried underneath – to give it some depth.

It’s refreshingly bright and clean …with a nice hint of fruity sweetness. And (unsurprisingly) rakes in some nice compliments. 🙂

The best part?

Anytime. Anywhere.

This is super versatile. All ages (suggest 20-up), all seasons, for just about any occasion:

Dressed up/dressed down. From a t-shirt and jeans …to a suit and tie, you name it. After all, it’s never a bad time to smell super fresh and clean, right? 🙂

That said:

This truly shines in the warmer weather for daytime use. Makes a GREAT spring/summer daily go-to.

Inoffensive

Acqua Di Gio Profondo is an EDP (Eau de Parfum) concentration and doesn’t scream out for attention. So to be clear, if you’re looking for a room-filler type scent, this is not it.

It projects politely (under arm’s length) for 1 – 2 hours then becomes more subtle and sits closer to the skin – giving off gentle wafts (making it great for the office/work etc).

The good news…

Even though it sits close to the skin, lasting power was around 4 – 8 plus hours… Not too shabby for a fresh aquatic type scent.

What’s the bottom line?

If you loved the original Acqua Di Gio (who didn’t? 🙂) and want a new improved, modernized, longer lasting version… I urge you to try this.

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Now, over to you...


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Where to go from here?

I highly recommend checking out our Top 10 Best Men’s Cologne and also our best Burberry cologne for some more awesome fragrance recommendations.

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