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Best-Smelling Summer Colognes for Men

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Best Colognes for Summer

Many people will wear the same fragrance all year round, but it is really important that you have a summer fragrance for the warmer months. Heavier cologne can sometimes be overpowering when the weather gets warm. Without realizing you could actually be making the people around you uncomfortable due to your cologne choice. When picking out a fragrance for summer you should try to find a cologne that is light and fresh. These types of cologne generally have fruity, citrus, green or aquatic notes to them. Some of the most popular and famous summer fragrances use a blend of aquatic and citrus notes to create a very light and refreshing fragrance, perfect for the warmer months.

My Top 10 Summer Fragrances

I have selected my personal top 10 fragrances for summer. When choosing my top 10 I tried to find brands of cologne that were popular and could be found easily at most department stores. Obviously, they all needed to smell nice and have the characteristics of a summer fragrance. I limited myself to cologne released in the past 10 years, just to make things simple and to make sure my choices were relevant to today's taste. I hope you enjoy my top 10.

10. Dior Homme Sport by Dior

This is a fantastic summer fragrance released in 2006. This was Dior's attempt at attracting younger customers, but I feel by doing so they actually created a very nice summer cologne. This is a classic citrus fragrance and arguably the best lemon scented cologne out at the moment. The citrus notes of Sport Dior balance well with fresh and spicy notes, which makes this cologne a real stand out. This fragrance uses the classic lemon and ginger combo with a base of lavender to create a really nice summer fragrance that most everyone will enjoy.

9. Nautica Oceans by Nautica

Nautica Oceans is obviously an aquatic fragrance that will bring salty, ocean air to your mind. This aquatic fragrance blends well with the citrus and floral notes to create a really fresh and pleasant fragrance. Nautica usually comes out with very traditional and simple cologne, but this one has some complexity to it which I really like.

8. Just Me for Men by Paris Hilton

As much as this pains me to say this is actually a really nice fragrance. Many people feel it is similar to the original Acqua di Gio, which is a cologne that is incredibly popular. This is a classic citrus fragrance with notes of oak moss. This is a great citrus, woody fragrance for summer.

7. Armani Code Summer pour Homme by Giorgio Armani

This is another fresh, musky and uplifting fragrance that is perfect for those hot summer days. This cologne was inspired by the original Armani Code, but has more citrus and aquatic notes that are perfect for hot weather. This elegant fragrance reminds me of a fresh summer breeze. This is a fantastic fragrance that is a sure hit.

6. Versace Man Eau Fraiche by Versace

Versace Fraiche was inspired by the original Versace for Men. This edition is much more aquatic and fresh smelling which makes it perfect for wearing in the summer. This fragrance inspires the feeling of the Mediterranean with strong woody notes, abundance of citrus notes and sophisticated notes of saffron and rose. This fragrance will give you that fresh and clean feeling even in the hottest climates.

5. Hot Play by Lacoste

Hot Play is a very masculine summer fragrance that is fresh and spicy. This fragrance was released in 2007 and has notes of spices like nutmeg and pepper that are blended with freesia and musk. Lacoste has stated that this cologne was inspired by the heat of the sun. This is a unique summer fragrance that is truly going to impress.

4. Acqua di Gio Essenza by Giorgio Armani

This is a fresh and spicy fragrance that is perfect for summer. It is inspired by the original Acqua di Gio that was released in 1996. The original cologne is incredibly popular and this edition may become just as popular. The fragrance has aquatic notes blended with herbal citrus notes that are very similar to the original. This new version is slightly more intense and a bit sharper. If you enjoyed the original Acqua di Gio, you will most likely enjoy this one as well.

3. 212 Men Pop! by Carolina Herrera

This limited edition version of the popular fragrance 212 from Carolina Herrera is an excellent summer cologne. This icy fresh fragrance evokes feelings of coolness. This aquatic fragrance has strong notes of mint and oranges. Every year a new summer edition of 212 is released and 2011's Pop! was not a disappointment.

2. Eternity for Men Summer 2011 by Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein has released a new edition of the popular cologne Eternity every summer since 2005. The 2011 edition was truly spectacular. This is a green fragrance with strong citrus notes. It is well-balanced with mint notes and a woody undertone. This cool green fragrance will leave you feeling fresh and clean even on the hottest days of summer.

1. Aqva Pour Homme Toniq by Bvlgari

Aqva Pour Homme Toniq by Bvlgari is an amazing summer fragrance. This invigorating scent has notes of seaweed, lemon and mint. This marine type fragrance will remind you of a cool summer night near the ocean. This fragrance is unique and is probably the best available summer fragrance out at the moment. In my opinion this is the top summer fragrance for men.

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