Summer is here, and if you’re like most of us, you can’t wait to say goodbye to those winter coats and welcome your lighter wardrobe back to the closet. There’s no shame in being excited about weather warm enough for linen shirts and shorts – we’re excited about it too.
There’s more to your summer style than just what you wear though. The warm weather also means you need to adjust your scent for the season. After all, warm spiced scents that are perfect for months when it’s close to zero outside just don’t work as well when it’s approaching 100 with 90-percent humidity.
Below, you’ll find 10 of the top colognes you need to check out this summer season. Add one or two to your collection and you’ll be ready for all the beach days, backyard barbecues and patio parties that come your way.
1. The Motley Palo Santo
Purchase at: The Motley
Prepared with the scent of natural wood smoke, suede and a noticeable touch of sweetness, this unique cologne might sound more like one that’s better suited to winter.
The fact is that your moist skin in the summer months will really activate these scents and make you smell wonderful no matter where you are.
If this scent is a bit heavy for day time wear, add it to your evening bag of tricks. It’s one of the top 10 cologne choices for men stepping out on the town.
2. Nautica Life Energy
Purchase at: Nautica
Synonymous with boating, bathing suits and taking up all the space in your favorite department store, Nautica is a brand that was once hot, but has cooled off significantly in recent years.
Nautica Life Energy may not bring the brand back into the public eye, but it is a wonderfully refreshing scent made with bergamot, grapefruit, lily of the valley, fresh sage and ivy leaves.
Nautica Life Energy deserves your attention, and at only $48 per bottle, it won’t break the bank for men on a budget.
3. Calvin Klein Dark Obsession
Purchase at: Calvin Klein
If you’re looking for something ideal for those warm summer nights, Dark Obsession could be just the ticket.
Prepared with French clary sage, fir balsam, Brazilian green mandarin, guarana, absinthe and more, Dark Obsession is a unique blend of bold, masculine and traditional Oriental scent that many men love.
It’s definitely one of our top 10 cologne picks under $100 this year.
4. Maison Margiela At the Barber
Purchase at: Sephora
The idea of smelling like a barber shop and then thinking that you smell fresh may not make a whole lot of sense to you.
Based on Margiela’s real-life experiences in barber shops, this unique cologne, which is part of the Replica line, is packed with scents of lavender, basil, white musk, leather and tonka bean.
That unique scent combination is why it’s one of the top 10 cologne choices for men this summer.
5. Mugler Les Exceptiones – Fougere Furieuse
Purchase at: Mugler
Prepared with aromatic and woody notes, Mugler, a clearly French brand, makes the top 10 cologne list that men who enjoy the sensual will love.
While it might seem a bit heavy for the summer, the bergamot, orange and neroli notes save this one from becoming too overpowering for daytime wear.
In fact, Mugler’s Les Exceptiones is perfect for men looking for a quality fragrance they can wear around the clock.
6. Aesop Marrakech
Purchase at: Aesop
Aesop might not be a brand you’re too familiar with, but they’re making some of the best men’s cologne scents you can get these days.
Made with woody oriental notes and a fresh floral top, Aesop’s Marrakech is the perfect cologne for guys who want masculine freshness.
Try this one out if you’re looking for something new and unique, but rooted in manly tradition.
7. Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Sport
Purchase at: Yves Saint Laurent
Sport fragrances often get a bad rep as one-note scents that don’t smell much better than deodorant. Of course, anything made by YSL is going to go above and beyond what the average is.
Prepared with bergamot, verbena and amber, this scent is refreshing and dark all at the same time, making it perfect for the man of mystery, or pretty much any guy for that matter.
8. John Varvatos Artisan Acqua
Purchase at: Sephora
John Varvatos is a name that you probably already know from their fine suits and rock & roll boots. While their suits can be pretty pricey, the scents they make are accessible to almost every man in the world.
Made with notes of tangelo, mandarin, angelica root, sage, coriander, basil, germanium, moss and patchouli, John Varvatos Artisan Acqua is a scent that’s complex and rich, yet somehow always light on the wearer’s skin.
Try this one out and you might find that it’s one of your favorite for the warmer seasons.
9. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua
Purchase at: Macy’s
Like John Varvatos, Tom Ford is a name that any man who follows style and fashion already knows. While you might know him a bit better for his designs, Tom Ford also makes some wonderful scents.
At the top of the list, you’ll find Neroli Portofino Acqua, a scent that seems like it was made exclusively for the spring and summer seasons.
Made with multiple notes of citrus and amber, this cologne is light, refreshing and effervescent without being underwhelming.
Best of all, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino is bold enough for night time wear, and it makes one of the top 10 cologne scents for date night that we’ve ever come across. Wear this with a linen suit for the ultimate in refinement and style.
10. Creed Aventus
Purchase at: Nordstrom
Creed is a brand that almost every guy alive knows about if they’ve ever shopped for cologne before. With so many different scents though, it can be hard to know what to look for in the creed line.
Creed Aventus is a great scent for summer because it’s made with Corsican black currant, Italian bergamot, French Calville Blanc apples, Napoleon roses, Louisiana birch, Spanish moss and more.
While that might sound like a wild blend of disparate notes, they all work together in harmony to create something truly different from the rest of the pack.