In case you hadn't realized: it's getting pretty darn hot out there.
You're a stylish guy, so you know what to do. Change up that Oxford shirt for a linen blend, swap out for corduroy slacks for Bermuda shorts, and throw on your no-show socks with a pair of velvet loafers.
But what about your cologne? You can't change up your entire outfit without swapping out that heavy spring scent for something fresher!
Unsure what the best men's fragrance is this summer? Look no further than today's article, where I'll be breaking out the best summer fragrances of 2022.
#1 Versace Man Eau Fraiche
Versace Man Eau Fraiche is one of the best men's fragrances on the summer cologne market.
This woody Aquatic scent is perfect for any man who wants to feel confident and stylish. But it also sticks to the expectations of the summer months: ie. keep it cool and fresh!
The top notes of Lemon, Bergamot, Carambola (Star Fruit), Cardamom and Brazilian Rosewood give Eau Fraiche an invigorating start. Of course, with Lemon as one of the leading notes in this ensemble, that's kind of a given.
The middle notes of Cedar, Tarragon, Sage, and Pepper add a touch of spice and depth without forcing the overall scent to become too heavy.
The base notes of Musk, Amber, and Tonka Bean provide a solid foundation that ensures the fragrance lasts throughout the day – perfect for those long summer days (or nights) when you want to make sure you smell as good as you feel.
With impressive longevity and a moderate sillage, Eau Fraiche is the perfect fragrance for any summer occasion – whether you're hitting the beach or heading to a casual lunch, Versace Man Eau Fraiche is a great choice that'll draw in plenty of compliments.
#2 Alfred Dunhill Icon Racing
If you're looking for a fragrance that will make you feel like a winner, look no further than Icon Racing by Alfred Dunhill.
This best-selling men's fragrance is perfect for those who want to feel confident and successful. After all, the classic British racing green used on the bottle design speaks for itself.
The top notes of grapefruit, cardamom, and bergamot are invigorating and energizing. Grapefruit gives this scent a tart and juicy opening, while cardamom adds a touch of spice, so you're getting a real mixture of scent sensations in the opening of this one.
The middle notes of orange blossom, lavender, and pepper add a touch of sophistication. The combination of lavender and pepper can be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you're looking for something different in a fragrance, this is definitely it.
The base notes of musk, guaiac wood, and vetiver are warm and masculine, making this fragrance perfect for any occasion. However, I always think that notes like vetiver and musk lean more towards the nighttime.
Whether you're heading to the office or hitting the town, Icon Racing by Alfred Dunhill is sure to make you feel like a winner and spark the interest of those around you. It definitely deserves its status as one of the best men's fragrance options this summer.
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#3 Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme
Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue pour Homme is widely considered to be one of the best men's fragrances ever released – and for good reason.
It's a Citrus Aromatic scent from 2007. It features top notes of Grapefruit, Bergamot, Sicilian Mandarin, and Juniper. The stand-out note for me is Juniper, offering a slightly different twist on the typical citrus opening.
The middle notes of Rosemary, Szechuan Pepper and Rosewood provide a herbaceous heart that really sets this fragrance apart from other similar scents.
The base notes of Musk, Oakmoss, and Incense conclude the scent by adding a touch of depth and warmth without it becoming too overpowering and crude
What's more, this perfume is the winner of the FiFi Award Fragrance Of The Year Men`s Luxe 2008. Does this guarantee quality? Not necessarily, but it certainly provides a stamp of approval that's widely recognized within the scent community.
Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue pour Homme is a fantastic cologne for any man who wants to smell best while remaining timeless and classic within the realms of quality summer fragrances.
#4 Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce
Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch is one of the best men's fragrances on the market made by a less exclusive fashion house. While this doesn't make them lower quality than a brand like Dolce & Gabbana, it does mean that they're more accessible to the everyday guy.
Launched in 2002, this fragrance was created by Christophe Laudamiel and Bruno Jovanovic – the noses behind other great fragrances such as Dior Homme and Azzaro Chrome.
Fierce is an Oriental Woody fragrance that features top notes of fir, lemon, orange, cardamom, petitgrain, and sea notes. ‘Sea notes' sounds a bit generic, I know, but it basically means fragrance notes that are reminiscent of the ocean.
The middle notes of jasmine, lily of the valley, and rose create a floral heart that is both sensual and fresh.
Finally, the base notes of musk, amber, and cedarwood provide a warm and long-lasting finish. You'll notice that many of these fragrances contain deep and masculine base notes. The reason for this is simple: when a fragrance dries down, these notes are the ones that will last the longest, so it's essential that they're well-balanced and perfectly suit the masculinity of the wearer.
Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce is a great choice for any man who wants a quality summer fragrance. It can help you to make a good impression at a job interview or boost your confidence when you're just trying to impress your date.
#5 Bentley For Men Black Edition
Looking for the best men's fragrance that will make you feel like a million bucks? Look no further than Bentley For Men Black Edition.
Launched in 2018, this Amber Spicy fragrance is perfect for making any man feel confident and sophisticated. After all, Bentley isn't just known for making fragrances. Some of the richest men in the world look to Bentley for high-quality, sophisticated cars, so it makes sense that their line of fragrances would be just as luxurious.
Top notes of Violet, Tangerine, Pink Pepper and Nutmeg give way to middle notes of Papyrus, Earthy Notes, Patchouli, Jasmine and Sweet Notes. There's an interesting mixture of scents here, particularly the combination of citrus and earth notes which work together to a fragrance profile that is truly unique.
At the base, we find Atlas Cedar, Moss, Tobacco, Incense and Tonka Bean which help to round out this luxurious scent perfectly. Similar to the other fragrances on this list, the base features deeper notes that help to improve the longevity of the cologne. Tonka Bean, in particular, provides this fragrance with a sweet and powdery finish that is sure to please.
So if you're looking for the best men's fragrance that's as sophisticated as a luxury motor, pick up Bentley For Men Black Edition today. Trust me, you won't regret it!
#6 Burberry Men
Burberry Men is widely considered to be one of the best men's fragrances on the market. Launched in 1995, it has been a staple in the wardrobes of stylish men for over two decades.
The Woody Aromatic scent is perfect for both daytime and evening wear, and the mix of mint, lavender, bergamot and thyme gives it a fresh and invigorating feel. It's not often that you see mint used in fragrance, which is a shame because it provides an incredible cooling effect that is perfect for hot summer days.
As the fragrance develops, you'll notice middle notes of cedar, sandalwood, geranium and jasmine which add depth, complexity and an interesting blend of floral and woody tones.
You guessed it – at the base, we have deeper notes that help to provide an air of warmth to this summer fragrance. Musk, vanilla and amber base notes provide a sensual finish that any woman is guaranteed to find attractive.
Whether you're looking for a signature scent or simply seeking to add some refinement to your style, Burberry Men is an excellent choice.
#7 Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli
In my humble opinion, Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli is the best men's fragrance on the market today. Period.
Launched in 2019, this Woody Floral Musk scent is perfect for any man who wants to smell a million bucks and stand out from all the Savage-wearing scent sheep out there.
The nose behind this fragrance is Alberto Morillas (who also helped to formulate timeless colognes such as CK One and Giorgio Armani's Acqua Di Gio) and he has outdone himself with this one.
The top notes of neroli and bergamot are perfectly balanced with the middle notes of orange blossom, and Virginia cedar. And the base notes of woody notes, white musk, ambergris, amber, and leather complete the perfect picture.
Neroli is an interesting scent that many perfumers are hesitant to experiment with. In many ways, it can be quite unconventional and polarizing due to its unique citrusy-floral tones. But Alberto Morillas has used neroli in a way that is both unique and approachable, creating a truly unique and unforgettable fragrance.
If you're looking for a men's fragrance that is sure to please, look no further than Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli. It's the best of the best.
#8 Prada Luna Rossa
Launched in 2012, Prada's Luna Rossa (a Citrus Aromatic scent) took the fragrance world by storm.
With top notes of Lavender and Bitter Orange, this cologne opens in a way that says “I'm here to make a statement”. Particularly the use of bitter orange, which walks the line between sweet and sour, giving the fragrance an edge that is sure to please.
As the fragrance develops, you'll notice middle notes of Mint and Clary Sage, which provide a cooling yet herbal effect that is perfect for hot summer days.
And at the base, as expected, you'll find deeper notes of Ambrette (Musk Mallow) and Ambroxan.
The nose behind this masterpiece is Daniela (Roche) Andrier – a perfumer who has created no less than 61 of Prada's outstanding perfumes and colognes.
The name of this fragrance comes from the sailboat and sailing team “Red Moon” or Luna Rossa, which participates in the America's Cup competitions.
If you're looking for a fragrance that oozes prestige and a passion for innovation and victory, look no further than Prada's Luna Rossa. It truly is one of the best men's summer fragrances on the market.
#9 John Varvatos Artisan
At #9 we have another citrus fragrance – Artisan by John Varvatos. Just as any summer cologne should be, this citrus aromatic scent is perfect for any man who wants to feel refreshed and invigorated in those hotter climates.
The top notes of Clementine, Tangerine, Marjoram, and Thyme give way to the heart of Orange Blossom, Ginger, Lavender, and Jasmine. You'll notice there are a lot of floral and citrus notes included here – which is what gives this fragrance its “summery” feel and helps to keep you feeling refreshed all day long.
As the fragrance develops into its base, notes of musk and amber complete the scent, leaving you feeling confident and ready to take on the world.
Many men describe this scent as ‘uplifting' which I think summarizes exactly what a good summer scent should provide: a sense of happiness, energy, and positivity.
So if you're looking for a cologne that will make you feel good from the inside and smell great on the outside, give this one a try.
#10 Acqua Di Parma Yuzu Eau De Parfum
As the name suggests, Acqua Di Parma's Yuzu Eau De Parfum is a citrus-based fragrance that is perfect for summer.
The top notes of yuzu, bergamot, and Sichuan pepper are immediately refreshing and invigorating, while the middle notes of Louts, Jasmine, and Mimosa provide a softer floral touch.
The base notes of Sandalwood and Musk complete the scent, giving it a warm and sensual finish that is perfect for evening wear.
So, in short, this is kind of an ‘all round' fragrance. It's perfect for days when you want to feel refreshed and energized, or for nights when you want to feel seductive.
One thing I should note is that Acqua Di Parma is a niche fragrance house that can be polarizing. Niche fragrance houses aren't universally pleasing – they aim to create unique scents that express complexity rather than suit the tastes of everyone who smells them.
At over $200 per 100ml, it is one of the most expensive on this list. But, as with anything in life, you get what you pay for. And in my opinion, this cologne is definitely worth the price tag.
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