The best summer colognes for men in 2021
The best summer colognes evoke a feeling. Just as summer is punctuated by expanses of parkland, days at the beach, and a mojito or three, the best summer scents also have essential characteristics: they focus on crisp citrus notes, aquatic essences, tropical fruit flavors, as well as refreshing green tones. They exude the optimism of a long unplugged weekend and the slow, languid perfection of a sunset at 9 p.m. Best of all, they are the best contenders to wear all year round, given that we yearn for summer sun in the height of winter. A scent of warm weather can set in the senses and spark enough motivation for another blustery day.
Below are our latest favorites of the best summer colognes, giving off seasonal smells like fields of grass, Italian coastal cruises, premium kush (seriously) and even pool water. with coconut. Pick one or two favorites to spend a long, tireless winter, or to punctuate the summer with all the right notes.
Louis Vuitton “Imaginary”
Of all the best colognes for men, we called this Imagination the best summer scent, so Louis Vuitton also tops this list. The luxury brand can be found on many of our scent roundups lately, thanks to in-house perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud. An invigorating blend of Chinese black tea, Italian citrus, Tunisian neroli, Nigerian ginger and premium ambrox, Imagination smells of endless and blissful summer, its potential realized but limitless at the same time.
The holidays took a risk by diving in the shallow end of the pool: this scent intentionally smells of sunscreen, but more specifically of the coconut-tinged variety. It elevates the idea, however, with notes of swimsuit lycra (for real), sea salt, pool water, bergamot, banana, and pineapple. It’s the height of summer nostalgia, which is causing a sensation thanks to the nose of one of our favorite brands, Arquiste (Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Carlos Huber).
Like any Aesop product on your sink rim, Tacit tells people that you care about the finer things. The scent is a blend of crisp, fresh ingredients – lemon yuzu, basil, and vetiver – strong enough to make an impression, yet subtle enough never to make it polarizing. It’s the perfect summer scent for any office lover, and also a favorite ‘stay at home’ scent for the freelance writer who always dresses for the Zoom.
Richard James “Aqua Aromatica Brin d’Herbe”
One of our picks for the best green scents, Blade of Grass is positively uplifting – it’s that freshly mown parkland essence sprawling out of a healthy, thriving field of grass. The scent is rounded off with notes of fig, moss, bergamot, rosemary and green tea, which add a crunchy and earthy zeal to a totally unique recipe. Best of all, it’s unlikely anyone else will wear it, so grab it and make it your new year-round signature or a summer staple.
Salvatore Ferragamo “Ferragamo”
So many scents play with the vision of a cruise in the back along Italy’s Mediterranean coast, with notes of bergamot, lemon, vetiver and more. Here we have the Italian Ferragamo as a torchbearer of this whole category of perfumes, for his excellent execution on the notion, thanks to an anchoring by leather, cedar, oakmoss and musk. There is much more to this coastal walk than just the woody, crunchy essence, and Ferragamo nails it the best.
Diptych “Water of Minthé”
Eau de Minthé stands out among Diptyque’s already astonishing assortment of fragrances, with notes of mint, patchouli, geranium and a hint of nutmeg. It has that barber shop aftershave essence and manages to smell both fresh and let’s say ‘traditionally masculine’.
Byredo “Open Sky”
Open Sky makes our list for its uniqueness, in a formula that will electrify some but intrigue others: cannabis, palo santo, black pepper, pomelo and vetiver create an aromatic, spirit-purifying scent. It’s like the grass smells very luxurious.
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