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Fragrances, perfumes, and colognes should fit the season of the year, and to be honest with you, summer is the most demanding season of them all.

Summer scents need to be light, but stable, they need to be punchy but not aggressive. And that is why making a winter fragrance is much easier, as summer demands balance but also a story.

In this post, we’re going to talk about what are the best summer fragrances for men in 2022, what makes them the best out of the best, and how we picked them.

What Are The Best Summer Fragrances For Men?

This 2022 has been a very tough year to decide which are the best summer fragrances for men because we still have a lot of fragrances that are old but gold, but we also have some surprisingly good fragrances that came out recently.

We tested exactly 178 fragrances, colognes, and perfumes, and crafted this list of the 25 best.

Our testing protocol:

  1. Every fragrance was tested 5 times on 5 different occasions — daytime outdoors, daytime indoors, office, nighttime outdoors, nighttime indoors
  2. Average performance and longevity were measured and documented
  3. A team of experts (including me) discussed perfume compositions but also trends in 2022

That being said, all fragrances and cologned mentioned on this list are without a doubt amazing, and most of them are safe blind buys. We did our best to give you a glimpse of every fragrance’s story and the scent itself, but if you need more information about the certain fragrance you can read the detailed review linked below, or if there’s no review for it, feel free to reach out to us, and we’re going to review it.

Fragrances and colognes listed below are not in a particular order as we believe that no one has the right to say that one piece of art is better than the other. You will like one painting but you won’t like the other — the same goes with fragrances.

Any of these 25 perfumes will most certainly serve you well, but in the end, it all depends on your personal taste. However, I’m personally sure that you will find what you will fall in love with on this list.

So what are the best summer fragrances and colognes for men in 2022?

1. Tiziana Terenzi Kirke — Editor’s Choice

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I’m starting this list with my own personal favorite.

Even though you will find reviews that say that Kirke is a more feminine scent, that it doesn’t work well during winter, and that it’s perfect for winter, I would hardly argue that.

I’ve been personally wearing Kirke since 2018, and after dozen of well-spent bottles, I’ll tell you this: Kirke is a monstrously good all-season pure-unisex fragrance. It does work during summer even though it’s sweet and if you get it, you will not go wrong with it, regardless of how high the temperature is outside.

Kirke was released in 2015 and just like the goddess it was named after, Circe, the fragrance represents a magical, sensual scent that is bound to guide you on mysterious paths in the discovery of your deepest emotions. 

Besides the breathtaking scent, Kirke also has a huge advantage over many other beautiful liquids which is a monstrously good performance. You can basically take a shower, wash your clothes and Kirke will still be hanging in there. 

Kirke opens up with a prominent flowery bomb that is so professionally blended and only highly experienced noses will be able to detect a specific note.  

It’s a peach, pear, and raspberry sweet opening combination for me. 

The backbone is heavy in musk, but besides this animalic note, the patchouli, vanilla, and sandalwood affected the evolution of this initially strong floral scent to a powdery, fresh, musky, and slightly woody composition. 

As I’ve said before, Kirke will be your great choice no matter the weather, season, or occasion; its versatility is beyond the boundaries with a veil of uniqueness wrapped around itself. That is why this fragrance is also on the list of best winter fragrances for men

Also, it is a very safe gift choice for both him and her since it is a unisex fragrance!

Kirke Tiziana Terenzi short summary:

  • Concentration: extrait de parfum
  • Longevity on average: 12+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 6 hours
  • Projection in distance: 7-8 feet
  • Silage: enormous
  • Price: great!

Want to know more about Tiziana Terenzi Kirke? Read our full review here!

2. Chanel Paris Édimbourg — Best Latest Release

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Best Latest Release is an award that we give to the fragrance with the latest release date but the best among all others that came out as well. As soon as the fragrance that deserves this spot more comes out, we will update this. Right now, Best Latest Release is Édimbourg by Chanel Paris.

One of the newest Chanel releases Paris – Edimbourg particularly stole my nose with such a simple composition that does more than it speaks. 

From a simple note breakdown, you wouldn’t expect such a distinct, peculiar scent but that’s what famous perfume specialist, Oliver Polge, is known for – creating surprises when we least expect it. And that’s why Edimbourg is on the list of best summer fragrances for men. 

The top notes are juniper berries and cypress and they come in heavy with the first sprays. Even though the lemon, or any other citrusy note, isn’t listed in the breakdown, I do get a slightly crispy lemony effect, but it only lasts that much. 

The composition is dominantly woody from cedar and vetiver nuances, but the scent stays beautifully fresh and spicy at some moments of projection. It gets compared to the “barbershop” type of the scent but it all depends on how your nose embraces it. 

Although is marked as unisex, I do think it leans more toward the masculine side; it is a sophisticated, rich, and compliment grabber scent you want on your shelf.

Paris – Edimbourg Chanel short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: around 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: 2-3 hours
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: fair!

3. Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi

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Although we have seen many citrus-aromatic fragrance combinations, Tom Ford never fails to add its signature feel to it and create a completely new, rule-breaking juice you can’t replace. 

With all notes balanced perfectly well, this fragrance will surely be adored by both women and men, but keep in mind that to pull this perfume off you should have the proper attitude, as it won’t be a silent scent on your skin.

Despite the name, Mandarino di Amalfi opens with a citrusy combo of lemon and grapefruit, followed by orange blossom from the heart of the fragrance. 

Even though the mint and black currant are stated as top notes as well, these notes are very hard to recognize, maybe even impossible.

As it dries down, the herbs from the middle tones finally come to the surface and it gives you an aromatic, clean, fresh, and slightly spicy feel to it. 

The lemon flavor easily fades away and in that period you can also smell a gentle touch of black pepper. 

Mandarino di Amalfi will take your mind straight to the warm, exotic days on a romantic, Italian coast and if you need a charming, date scent, it can be your ace in the sleeve.

Mandarino di Amalfi by Tom Ford short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: around 4-5 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: slightly overpriced!

If you’re interested more in this amazing perfume, read our full Mandarino di Amalfi review here!

4. Armaf Club de Nuit Sillage

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House of Armaf is known for creating high-quality clones of expensive, famous scents for a much more affordable price, which is why it captured people’s interest. 

Club de Nuit Sillage is an awesome clone of Silver Mountain Water by House of Creed – and when I say awesome, I mean it is a realistic interpretation of a high-quality Creed scent for the price you pay.

If you are looking for something similar to Creed’s expensive liquid but aren’t willing to pay Creed’s price, then Club de Nuit Sillage will make your dreams come true.

Club de Nuit Sillage opens with citrusy notes of lemon, bergamot, and lime, while the ginger supports the whole opening with a sparkling and slightly sweet effect. 

Unlike Silver Mountain Water, Club de Nuit Sillage is not that metallic, doesn’t have that inky feel to it, and comes across as less green. 

As it dries down, you get more of an ambroxan and musky dominant effect with a woody undertone. The scent is very pleasant, powdery and brisk, very fresh and effervescent, with light, fruity pricks. 

I would also recommend Club de Nuit Sillage because it is almost a year-round scent; which is why it deserves a place on the list of best summer fragrances for men. 

It doesn’t come across as offensive or aggressive so it can also be your office perfume. 

Club de Nuit Sillage short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: around 6+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: strong
  • Price: great value!

5. Louis Vuitton Imagination

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It’s not a secret that Louis Vuitton released many “freshies” under their collections, but the one that got lots of love and hype from the fragrance community is none other than Imagination. 

Imagination is a fresh spicy fragrance that, to be understood, makes your imagination go wild. It’s not very usual that fresh nuances are combined with something as sweet and spicy as cinnamon, but don’t be afraid to try it out. 

Louis Vuitton’s Imagination opens with a prominent citrusy smell of bergamot and neroli but not long after, it gets combined with ginger and cinnamon heart notes. 

The initial scent is definitely fresh and juicy and citrusy, but as soon as it starts its ride to the mid, you do sense the spice – an interesting mixture of fresh and warm spices that strangely blends well with the citrusy opening. 

The dry down has a prominent, strong ambroxan that covers the whole composition as a blanket and along with the woodiness, creates a welcoming, pleasant and inoffensive aroma. 

Lots of people detect the scent of green tea, and even though the tea is not an official note, it may evolve differently on your skin. 

Louis Vuitton Imagination short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 6+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: slightly overpriced!

6. Nishane EGE / ΑΙΓΑΙΟ

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For every lover of strong, green, and spicy scents, by the house of Nishane, EGE / ΑΙΓΑΙΟ, this high-quality fragrance with eternal longevity will make all your dreams come true. 

EGE / ΑΙΓΑΙΟ is Extrait de parfum; that means that its concentration goes as high as 40%, which is why it will stick to your skin for eternity and you will need as little as 2 sprays to get the best of it. 

As soon as this perfume opens up, you get a very bright, tart, citrusy scent with an herbal undertone. It’s 70% citrusy and 30% herbal, but only in the opening. 

Since citrus notes are very short-lived, they quickly get replaced with earthy, vegetal, herbal aroma. It’s a fair balance between basil and mint. You also get hints of fresh spiciness from cardamom. 

The undertone is still green and herbal but also gets slightly soapy and aromatic.

The EGE / ΑΙΓΑΙΟ is great for extremely hot weather, because of its minty side and monstrous performance. On the list of best summer fragrances for men I recommend this daring fragrance for everyone who loves challenges and dangerous scents. 

Nishane EGE / ΑΙΓΑΙΟ short summary:

  • Concentration: extrait de parfum
  • Longevity on average: 10+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 3-4 hours
  • Projection in distance: 3-4 feet
  • Silage: strong
  • Price: expensive

7. Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Marine

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One seriously great fragrance that is a great bang for the buck is Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Marine with an excellent price but charming scent. 

Aqva Pour Homme Marine is a modern, classy fragrance that might come out as slightly “ordinary”, something that is already seen, but it is a nice, “blue”, marine scent that is very easy to like. 

The interesting side of this fragrance is its sweet-citrusy opening but it also balances the saltiness and sweetness very well. 

It’s important to say that Aqva Pour Homme Marine could easily pass as a Chanel fragrance; it has that cleanness, radiance, and snappiness that can be found in some Chanel creations. 

As it goes into the mid, you get prominent water notes along with seaweed that finishes the initial citrus with an aquatic, marine, fresh bomb. 

As the name suggests, it is a real “blue” fragrance specifically made for summer days, a very light perfume that would be great for daily office routine. 

Aqva Pour Homme Marine Bvlgari short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: around 5 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 1-2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: good value!

8. Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo – Fico di Amalfi

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It’s only fair to include Blu Mediterraneo – Fico di Amalfi on the list of best summer fragrances for men since there aren’t really many high-quality, successful, fig-oriented scents, and this one is popular for a good reason.  

Fico di Amalfi Acqua di Parma isn’t the only fantastic summer scent in the Blu Mediterraneo line that stole our hearts, but its uplifting, fig-woody composition earned a special spot on today’s list.

Besides the citrusy opening created by bergamot and grapefruit, at the early stages, the gorgeous, milky fig elevates the whole scent into something unique and alluring. It is a fruity, sweet type of mixture that works well with a citrusy top and woody base.

As it dries down, it leans more towards a woody, even green type of smell with touches of fig still being detectable. 

Blu Mediterraneo – Fico di Amalfi is also completely unisex, so if you are, by any chance, looking for the perfect scent for you and your partner, this is it! 

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo – Fico di Amalfi short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: around 4-5 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 1-2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: fair!

9. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Forever Pour Homme

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Image source & owner: Dolce & Gabanna Beauty

If you had to choose only one fragrance from the Light Blue magnificent collection, your fingers would point right to the Light Blue Forever; 2021 release that has lots of amazing things to offer. 

Right from the beginning, it is important to emphasize that the citrus that is found in Light Blue Forever is not the sweet, easy-going type of citrus, and if you are gravitating toward that kind of citrus, you won’t find it here. 

The first spray will strike you with prominent grapefruit nuance; it’s zesty, sour, sweet, tart, and very realistic/natural. As it makes its way through the mid you get clean and woodsy vetiver with a light touch of violet leaf. 

Surprisingly, the initial grapefruit hangs in there for a long time until the vetiver finally overtakes the grapefruit in a deep dry-down. 

The overall scent is very pleasant with ozonic tones throughout its performance; very unique and fresh, something you definitely want to have during summer heats. 

Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Forever short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 7+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: fair!

10. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò Profondo

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If you have smelled the original Acqua di Giò fragrance, then you know what to expect; Acqua di Giò Profondo takes the good part of the original’s DNA release but gets stronger and essentially modernizes it. 

It is a bluer version of the original Acqua di Giò but besides that, it is an attention grabber, very likable, and will surely get you many compliments. So, in 2022 it replaces the original Acqua Di Gio‘s place on the list of best summer fragrances for men.

Acqua di Giò Profondo is very juicy, green, and fresh. Besides bergamot and mandarin, the sea notes and aquazone give you an aquatic, marine vibe right from the opening. 

From the early stage, there is a bit of fuzzy mineral accord that sits underneath the opening notes and always stays calmly present; not overpowering or super strong but it is detectable. 

As it further evolves you get some rosemary, lavender, and mastic nuances that combined with the sea top notes, create a green, pleasant, fresh aroma. That aromatic mixture pretty much remains the same for the rest of the fragrance lifecycle. 

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Giò short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 7-8 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 2-3 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: fair!

Interested to know more about this incredible sea-reminding scent? Read our full Acqua Di Gio Profondo review!

11. Parfums de Marly Sedley

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Unlike many Parfums de Marly scents that disappointed us with, let’s simply say, poor performance, it seems that the house of PDM actually heard our despair and decided to fix it up this time. 

It’s nice to mention that Sedley has no age limitations; younger guys can easily pull it off but it is not too youthful; it has a certain elegance to it so that more mature gentlemen will also enjoy its stunning scent. 

Besides that, Sedley will also do great if you decide to wear it to some formal event; it has that instinct note that will not embarrass you no matter where you go. 

A bunch of different citrus notes are present in the opening along with the cool touch of mint and they all work fantastic with one another. It is a clean, safe, likable type of scent with a light, green undertone, and illustrious fresh vibe. 

As it evolves you will get a lavender, rosemary, and a bit of geranium which aromatically affect the whole composition but the scent stays fresh and clean. In the dry-down, the liquid becomes more ambroxan-oriented with cashmere flavor; massively appealing, and really easy to wear. 

Parfums de Marly Sedley short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 8+ hours
  • Projection longevity: around 2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 2-3 feet
  • Silage: strong
  • Price: slightly overpriced!

12. Montblanc Explorer

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One of the reasons why Montblanc Explorer gained so much popularity right after it was released in 2019, is the fact that some consumers find it offensively similar to Aventus, and we love expensive-like perfumes with affordable prices. 

Even though Aventus is a famous victim of many clones, Montblanc Explorer took some DNA from Aventus and added its own charms to it that turned out to be fantastically good. 

Montblanc Explorer smells like a fresh, spicy, and warm welcoming scent, that gains a noticeable leathery and woody effect once it dries down. Very pleasant and accessible fragrance, with a synthetic backbone.

The spiciness and warmness that comes from pink pepper and clary sage can also be validated, but it’s not a very strong and easily noticeable smell, though it gives that quirky and funny note to the whole composition of the fruity opening.

Montblanc Explorer is a very pleasant fragrance, very likable, and can also be a great complement factor, and what is really worth the respect, is that this fragrance does not smell like a typical designer fragrance, at all. 

It has a secret aura around itself and it’s not pretending to be something that it’s not – and that’s why it proudly holds the spot on the best summer fragrances for men list.

Montblanc Explorer short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: up to 5-6 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 1-2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: great price!

Interested to know more about Montblanc Explorer? Read our full review!

13. Hermès Un Jardin En Mediterranee

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The fragrance line that probably deserves more talk and hype than it gets is Un Jardin; a collection with so many stunning, appealing scents specially made for wild, summer journeys. And before we dig into it, quick disclaimer: this fragrances is marketed as women’s fragrance but trust me, it works fantastic on guys as well. You will not go wrong!

Inside the collection, a special spot goes to the Un Jardin En Mediterranee; a fragrance with a thrilling, fig touch covered with Hermès famous DNA. 

The opening of Un Jardin En Mediterranee is very citrusy, fresh, and spicy with a detectable fig leaf right from the beginning. It is not an overly fig-oriented scent like Blu Mediterraneo – Fico di Amalfi, but the green nuance of fig leaf can be identified.

As it dries down, the scent gets an aromatic phase with prominent green touch as the fig leaf is still present. In the final dry-down, the woody notes from the base come forward more aggressively but the scent stays fresh and slightly sweet at some points. 

If you haven’t tried any of Un Jardin fragrances then I would recommend you to visit a local perfumery and try a few of their things, you may be surprised what you have been missing all this time.

Un Jardin En Mediterranee short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: around 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hour
  • Projection in distance: 1-2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: good!

14. Azzaro Chrome Pure

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For everyone looking for a perfect casual scent that just screams poolside bar with a short-sleeved white button-up, then Azzaro Chrome Pure will be a match made in heaven.

Besides its desirable nature, Azzaro Chrome Pure gets the spot on the best summer fragrances for men list because it is a great buy for the back; it has been available on discounters for some time now but it’s only a matter of time before it is back at its regular price. 

Unlike other fragrances from the Chrome line, I would say that Pure strikes as something out of the box; it doesn’t have that many similarities with the rest of the line and the things it does on its own is purely tasty. 

The opening of Azzaro Chrome Pure is a citrusy mix of bergamot and mandarin but it quickly gets that exotic, beachy, sexy, and fresh touch that is just irresistible. 

As it goes into the mid it has a prominent coconut-like, creamy, milky vibe and even though coconut isn’t an official note there is something that makes your mind ache about sweet coconut milk. 

The deep dry-down is more woody-oriented with a present aquatic note from the heart and aromatic freshness as a cover-up. The scent is uplifting, fairy sweet, and extremely pleasant; it is also suitable for layering and combining with other summer scents. 

Azzaro Chrome Pure short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: 7+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hour
  • Projection in distance: 2-3 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: good value!

15. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau

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To cool off from all the citrusy-based scents, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau brings us something not so complex but pleasantly sweet with only 3 notes in the note breakdown. 

The note breakdown of Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau presents bergamot at the top, coconut in the heart, and tonka bean in the base. Very simplistic yet enjoyable and delicious scent worth trying. 

The opening starts with citrusy bergamot from the top but very quickly the coconut from the mid starts kicking in and the scent becomes sweeter, creamier, and reminds you of toffee flavor. 

The coconut in Le Beau isn’t the typical, suncream type of scent, it is mainly overpowered by tonka bean and never gets overly prominent or dominant throughout the whole performance. 

The dry-down is heavily tonka-oriented with a sweet, vanilla-like, ambery finish.

One more winning side of Le Beau is that it is pretty versatile; every season except for colder, winter days would be great for pulling Le Beau off and it can be your date night, charming liquid as well. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: 6+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: fair!

16. Creed Royal Water

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Let’s be real, the list of best summer fragrances for men can’t go without Creed.

Royal Water may be one of the most underrated Creed’s scents that has every reason to be adored and valued by the fragrance community. 

We will have to agree that Creed does offer numerous great, summer-heat scents and it becomes hard to track them all, but Rolay Water might turn out to be your hidden gem. 

Royal Water opens with citruses and mint so it is green, fresh, zingy, and bright right off the top. As it dries down you get juniper and basil which provides a green, herbal, fresh-spicy type of experience that combines with the residue of citruses. 

The final dry-down is slightly simpler, so it is mainly a musk note with Creed’s well-known Ambergris that they use in almost everything.

It may come across as a more mature fragrance and it gives off that powerful, gentlemanly vibes but if you are into spicy, fresh scents, no matter the age, you should go for it. 

One more detail – it is a great office scent as well. 

Creed Royal Water short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 6+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 2-3 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: slightly overpriced!

17. Nautica Voyage

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Probably one of the best deals on the market currently – Nautica Voyage, a fragrance that brings a high-quality liquid for a cheaper price and lots of compliments from the feminine side.

Nautica Voyage was the first on Amazon’s bestsellers for some time and it was all for a good reason. It is a mass-appealing scent with great versatility in the terms of occasions, a fresh bomb that will get women’s attention and make them fall in love with your perfume. 

Right from the opening, you get a sharp, green aroma from the apple and green leaves. It is like a clean, after-shower scent but in a positive, enjoyable way. 

As it dries down, you get more of a fruity-floral mixture but it is still fresh, airy, and clean, slightly powdery and aquatic because of the lotus and mimosa from the heart. 

There have been some rumors that Nautica Voyage has been reformulated and there is some truth to it. Even if it happened, for the price you pay you get a magnificent, lovable scent that can be your summer signature perfume. 

Nautica Voyage short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: 6-7 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: great value!

Want to know more about Nautica Voyage? Read our in-depth review!

18. Chanel Allure Sport Eau Extreme

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An exquisite and brilliant all-year-round signature scent that you can treat yourself with. Definitely, an ultra-versatile fragrance that can pull off the high summer heat, colder, fall days, and any night-based occasion as well. 

Allure Sport Eau Extreme used to be an EDT but recently, new batches are reformulated and have an EDP mark. As suspicious humans as we are, the community was easily scared away thinking that the newish release won’t be as good as EDT, but we were all wrong. 

Allure Sport Eau Extreme EDP easily fought its way to the list of best summer fragrances for men.

In the opening, you get a fresh, minty flavor that cools you off with its invigorating, sensual touch. Right from the opening, you get aromatic vibes from cypress and sage and it stays noticeable throughout the whole experience. 

As it goes through the mid you get fresh spiciness from pepper while the final dry-down is more tonka-focused with a vanilla-woody backbone. 

Chanel Allure Sport Eau Extreme short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: 7+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 2-3 feet
  • Silage: strong
  • Price: slightly overpriced!

19. Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau Fraîche

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Yves Saint Laurent released some very successful names under the Y line; there are some high-quality, versatile, and attractive scents that are more than worth trying. 

Y Eau Fraiche may not be as versatile as Y EDP or Y EDT, but it brings a kind of different Y side that is amusing and ultra loveable – especially for a designer fragrance.

The opening is a tasty mixture of lemon and ginger so it is bracing, refreshing, clean, and sparkly – simply said, it is extremely pleasant and very easy to like. 

Black Pepper is also a top note but it is not notable or it was very professionally blended with other nuances so it doesn’t strike out. 

As it goes to the mid, you get a decent amount of juniper and the mint’s cool, refreshing effect. At that point, the scent also leans more toward an aromatic, fresh-spicy taste while the initial citrus is fading away. 

The final dry-down is a modern woody-mint composition with traces of pleasant spiciness. 

Y Eau Fraiche is a great gift fragrance for someone that you don’t know their fragrance preference because it is a compliment puller and mass-appealing, ultra enjoyable scent. 

Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau Fraîche short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: up to 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 1-2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: good value!

20. Prada L’Homme Prada L’Eau

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Image source & owner: Prada

L’Homme Prada L’Eau is noticeably what a flanker is supposed to be in theory – it has a prominent L’Homme DNA and if you ever smelled the original, then L’Homme L’Eau Prada won’t be something very newish. 

What Prada did is that they made L’Homme L’Eau Prada a lighter, fresher, more transparent version of the original and that’s how we got a sensual, iris, scent on the list of best summer fragrances for men.

L’Homme Prada L’Eau is an iris-oriented scent with a dense touch of citrus in the opening and traces of sweet spiciness. Iris note is most of the time compared to lipstick smell, but because of the citrus in this composition, that lipstick scent is being muffled so you get a pleasant, clean and soft scent.

As it dries down, the scent becomes more powdery-oriented from the nuance of the iris and also because of the powdery notes in the backbone and that effect stays throughout the whole performance.

L’Homme L’Eau Prada is a perfume very easy to like; it is casual, relaxing, and can be a perfect office scent for spring/summer days. 

Prada L’Homme Prada L’Eau short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: up to 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 1-2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: fair!

21. Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12. White

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12. White
Image source & owner: Lacoste

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White or Blanc (as it has different names on different sites so don’t get confused) is a unique, men, fragrance with charming, inoffensive, and invigorating nature. 

When I say unique, men’s fragrance, I refer to the white florals in Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White composition that are usually found in women’s fragrances. Somehow, in this mixture, they support the masculine and fresh nature and sit very well with the rest of the nuances. 

The initial strike is citrusy-based grapefruit while the whole composition is supported by white florals and Ylang-Ylang sweet scent. The floral side of this fragrance isn’t that strong or striking but its sweetness is still detectable. 

As the citrus dries down, the woody backbone comes forward and you get a masculine, aromatic but clean and light, kind of sporty scent.

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White is also very versatile; because of its non-aggressive nature, you can’t overdo it so apply as many sprays as you want and go get your compliments. 

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: up to 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 1-2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: good value!

22. Mugler A*Men Ultra Zest

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Another great scent for an affordable price is A*Men Ultra Zest which proved to be high-quality, very versatile, unique, and highly likable – it is all in one. 

A*Men Ultra Zest has been discounted and since then the prices on Amazon and similar sites increased a lot, but if you are lucky you may still find it available for its regular price. 

By all means, this fragrance is worth trying. 

A*Men Ultra Zest starts with a citrus bomb of tangerine and blood orange with the mint side effect. Soon afterward you will detect spiciness from ginger and cinnamon as well while the nuance of coffee is also very prominent; all these notes are very professionally blended together and the scent is distinct, rich, and dense. 

The dry-down is all about vanilla and tonka bean with Mugler’s signature note of patchouli which adds to the masculinity and expensiveness. 

A*Men Ultra Zest is for sure one of the best Mugler’s creations ever; besides phenomenal aroma, it is a scent you can rely on during any season, any event, and any day-time. I hope you find it for a reasonable price since it deserves to be called one of the best summer fragrances for men.

A*Men Ultra Zest short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: up to 8 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: 2-3 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: fair!

23. Byredo Gypsy Water

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Image source & owner: Byredo

A great, cozy, and relaxing unisex fragrance that has an expensive-like scent and amazing versatility – Gypsy Water by Byredo is a fragrance that deserved all the hype it got. 

Byredo Gypsy Water opens with a lemon-bergamot citrusy strike with a significant effect of pepper spiciness. It’s a fresh, light, and soft opening with interesting composure and a very professional blend. 

As it dries down, very early on, the flavor goes into a woodier, incense, aromatic direction and becomes sweeter and powdery because of the amber and orris root nuances.

Besides its comforting, cheerful nature, Byredo Gypsy Water is a very versatile scent; an inoffensive, non-aggressive fragrance suitable for various kinds of occasions. 

Byredo Gypsy Water short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: up to 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: slightly overpriced!

24. Versace Man Eau Fraiche

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Bringing back some iconic, eternal monsters – a fragrance that is still amongst the best summer fragrances for men, even after 16 years of its release, is none other than Versace Man Eau Fraiche Versace. 

Even though you have probably smelled Man Eau Fraiche Versace hundreds of times before, it still holds the power of excitement that we all had once we first acknowledged it. Brings back all the great memories from the years that are behind us but still manages to compete with new, modern approaches. 

Right from the top, you get a citrusy-fruity mixture of bergamot, lemon, and carambola. What is truly interesting in this perfume is how much spiciness happens in such a fresh, aquatic, exclusively summer scent. But it works great. 

As it dries down, you get more of a sage-woody-oriented scent with tropical traces from the opening and an aromatic blanket all over the composition. 

It’s important to say that Man Eau Fraiche Versace is a real compliment beast, confidence buster, and enjoyable fragrance that reminds you of tropical, long-island beaches and vacation, comfy days.

Versace Man Eau Fraiche Versace short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: up to 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1-2 hour
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: good value!

25. Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua 2018

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Last but not least is a rebirth, or should we say Paco Rabanne’s comeback to aquatic fragrance orientation with the newish release of Invictus Aqua 2018 since the previous 2015 version was discounted.

According to many fragrance lovers, including myself, Invictus Aqua 2018 is a better, upgraded, and more pleasant version of 2016. 

The opening greets you with a prominent grapefruit note and right from the first spray it provides a marine, aquatic vibe that stays distinctive throughout the whole experience. 

As the citrus fades out quickly,  the woodier nuances from the heart and the base take the spotlight and you get a soft, woody, and fresh overtake. 

A nuance of violet is also detectable at certain points but besides being slightly powdery with amber inclusion, the scent is very ozonic, clean, marine, and blue. 

A great option for boring summer heat when you need a refreshing poison to keep you in your best mood!

Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua 2018 short summary:

  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: 6+ hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1-2 hour
  • Projection in distance: 2 feet
  • Silage: moderate
  • Price: fair!

How To Choose The Best Summer Fragrance For You?

The best way to choose the best summer fragrance for you or even for him (if you’re buying a present) is to go out to a local perfumery and test some of these out.

Testing the fragrance before buying it is the ultimate way to choose the fragrance because the chances that you go wrong with it are minimal.

When it comes to choosing the actual fragrance, here are a few tips:

  • Think about what notes you like and what you don’t like
  • Consider for which occasion are you looking the fragrance
  • Do you need daytime or nighttime scent?
  • Do you want it to be extremely potent or subtle?

Once you figure out the answers to these questions, you will most certainly be able to pick one of the fragrances from this list of best summer fragrances for men.

Conclusion

Summer brings light scents such as lemon, mandarin, vetiver, jasmine, and others. This list of best summer fragrances for men is compiled in such a way that everyone can find what they’re looking for while being sure they are getting the best out of the best.

All fragrances mentioned above are personally tested by me and my team, and this is updated every year.

Few posts we recommend reading to gain better knowledge about perfumes and colognes that may help pick your next fragrance:

What’s your favorite summer fragrance or cologne? Do you think we should include something in this 2022 list?

Let’s talk in the comments!