Best Summer Colognes for Men

In summer, it is important to choose the right cologne for the season. Your sense of smell is heightened and you need something that can withstand the summer heat. To fit the season, most people prefer a fragrance that is light, clean and fragrant.

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There are a few directions you can go with summer cologne. Generally on the fragrance wheel, popular summer fragrances fall under the "Fresh" category which includes water, citrus and green scents. 

Aquatic Fragrances

Aquatic aromatic fragrances are formulated to make you smell like you just got back from a day at the beach. They are generally light and feel like salt air and the sea which makes them perfect for the summer. They're a relatively new type of cologne but account for many of the most popular men's colognes currently on the market.

Citrus-Based Fragrances

Another scent that is perfect for summer is invigorating citrus . This is particularly popular for young men who tend toward sweeter fragrances. This can range from the standards like lemons, oranges and grapefruits to more exotic like bergamot or neroli. 

Green Fragrances

Green notes feel crisp  and lively — giving you a fresh feeling throughout the day. For many people, this is the ideal pick-me-up scent and you see it frequently used in sport colognes or summer versions of popular fragrances. The specific ingredients can include green leaves, tea, marine plants or even the essence of fresh cut grass. I love these for those hot, humid dog days of summer when you need an extra boost.

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Calvin Klein Obsession For Men Summer

Calvin Klein Obsession is one of the most iconic fragrances of the decade, and now it has a refreshing summer twist that makes it perfect for this most active season. This cologne was inspired by the sight of the open ocean. Think of a cool breeze rippling through a sun-soaked beach on a gorgeous summer’s day. Now you have a visual representation of this cologne.

Bright and airy notes of armoise, and blue sage blend right into cedarwood. This cologne ticks all the boxes needed to make an excellent summer cologne.

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Calvin Klein Eternity Summer for Men

Calvin Klein's Eternity is already a classic fragrance. The original is a perfect work and casual cologne for someone that wants his cologne to fly under the radar.

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer follows in its footsteps but with a summer twist of bergamot oil, coconut oil, and sandalwood. If you want to venture into summer colognes but don't want to go too daring, this is a great midway point that will hold up against the summer heat.

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Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Jaune EDT for Men

First off, the presentation on Lacrosse Jaune isn't going to let it fade into the general jumble of your fragrance collection. At first I was thrown off by just how yellow it was but resolved to give it a try.

The initial spray is full of bright citrus that calms into some green notes and finally ends up with a vetiver dry down. I could see it being popular with young guys or if you just want to throw it into your gym bag. Definitely a good pick-me-up for the summer months.

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CK One Summer

This is  Calvin Klein’s most anticipated colognes each summer. It is refreshing, aromatic and revolutionary. This scent was designed for both men and women and designed to be used lavishly. This cologne is award winning, a true revelation.

CK One stormed onto the scene in the nineties and has refused to leave ever since. It has become the scent of unity and rebellion, people go wild for the edgy scent and it has become the hallmark of free spirits everywhere. The fact that it is one of the most successful unisex fragrances ever, only adds to its appeal. Each summer, they release a new summer version of the fragrance which is lighter and more citrusy.

Top notes: pineapple, green notes, mandarin orange, papaya, bergamot, cardamom, and lemon. Heart notes: nutmeg, violet, orris root, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose. Base notes: sandalwood, amber, musk, cedar and oakmoss.

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Burberry Weekend for Men

Relaxation, informality, and freedom. Perhaps that is where the heart of summer’s appeal lies. There is just something so free about summer. It seems endless when it arrives, and we eagerly anticipate its arrival all throughout the long winter months when we long for warmth and a glimpse of the sun.

That may or may not be the heart of summer, but it is the inspiration behind this fragrance. Named after the first most anticipated event in everybody’s mind, this cologne evokes feelings of wellbeing and will leave you with a feeling of satisfaction.

Top notes: lemon, grapefruit, tangerine. Heart notes: oak moss, ivy leaves, and sandalwood. Base notes: honey, amber, and musk.

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John Varvatos Artisan Eau de Toilette Spray

Artisans have always been respected in all cultures. They are the experts who skilfully weave society together. Their craftsmanship reflects the age in which they live, and their skills are timeless. Without artisans, we would very much be lost.

As an homage to these skilled artists, John Varvatos came up with a masculine scent that represents all their glory with a modern twist. This is an exotic fragrance that captures the interest like an exceptional piece of art.

A citrus explosion with of Sicilian clementines, tangelos, various woods and a classic musk finish. This is a citrus bomb that will leave you smelling fragrant all day, no matter what you do.


Summer is a great time to leave your old favorites and experiment with new scents. Everyone is a little more relaxed and less formal and that's reflected in the fragrances of summer as well. If you keep your eye out for colognes in the fresh family of with notes of citrus, greens and water you will find that your fragrances leave you smelling invigorated, cool and refreshed, even in the heat of summer.

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