The Best Summer Fragrances for Men

All-time and Recent Favorite Summer Fragrances for the Hotter Season

Photography Ronald Liem / Model Dan Murphy

We often associate summer with sun and holidays. But with the recent global situation we’re in, it may not be ideal—or even possible—to just pack up your bag and go to the beach. For those who daydream of the seaside, sun-kissed skin, going hiking with your loved ones and the feeling the fresh ocean breeze on your skin, here are some of our top picks for summer fragrances that will remind you of your favorite activity during the hotter season:

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana

Inspired by the sunlight, forest, woods and the picturesque view of Tuscany, Acqua di Parma Blue Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana will take you on a fresh journey through the region during the summer. Back by popular demand, this fragrance combines green, zesty and balmy notes. It also features cypress, a quintessential symbol of Tuscany’s landscape as its base notes, with silver pine, patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver and cedar. Available at Glow Living Beauty.

Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil Eau de toilette

Composed by Jean-Claude Ellena, this olfactory voyage starts off with a stroll in the garden islands of the Nile at Assouan. It’s an effervescent and delicate formula where the scents of green mango, lotus blossom and rush blend with incense and sycamore wood.  “A new and rather unusual concept of freshness; green and vegetal scents; the smell of water and sand,” as explained by Jean-Claude Ellena.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Pour Homme Eau de Toilette

A classic fragrance with a signature aquatic scent, Acqua di Gio is a longstanding favorite. The scent itself is inspired by the fresh ocean, warm sun and earth’s richness. Opening the scent is a splash of fresh citruses of bergamot, green tangerine and neroli, softened with light floral touches. And at its heart, the aquatic facet blends with woodier and earthier notes of amber, patchouli and musk, creating aromas that linger like a second skin. Available at Glow Living Beauty.

Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme

The woody aquatic fragrance was created in 1994 by Jacques Cavallier. Since then, two editions in new flacons were introduced in 2009—namely the L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme and L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Intense—with the same composition. The fragrance opens with yuzu, bergamot, lemon and tarragon as its top notes. Then it melts into spicy and woody notes, nutmeg and water lily that are quite unique, while its end note carries an intense woody scent, enriched with tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, vetiver and musk. Available at Glow Living Beauty.

Bvlgari Extreme

Another fragrance made by Jacques Cavallier, this one was launched way back in 1999 and created with a modern charismatic man in mind. It is a fresh and sophisticated eau de toilette with top notes of pink grapefruit and Mediterranean cactus. Freesia blends with the intense warmth of amber and cardamom in the heart notes while balsa wood and vetiver give it an addictive dry down.

Creed Virgin Island Water

Olivier Creed took inspiration from his love for the ocean, sailing and travels when creating this fragrance. The refreshing scent bursts with fruity citrus, fresh coconut and topical woods that instantly take you to a sun-drenched vacation. It opens with a citrus-y blend of white bergamot, Jamaican lime, and Sicilian mandarin, accompanied by a note of copra. The heart includes Indian jasmine, hibiscus, ylang-ylang and ginger. And finally, at the base you will find sugar cane, musk and white rum. It’s beach in a bottle. Available at Glow Living Beauty.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme Eau de Toilette

This award-winning perfume exudes sophistication and the fresh energy that you can only find in the sunny Mediterranean. It starts with refreshing bergamot, juicy Sicilian mandarin and the clean scent of frozen grapefruit peel and juniper, then slowly blends into aromatic rosemary, Sichuan pepper and sensual rosewood, finished with musk wood as its base notes. Available at Glow Living Beauty.

Calvin Klein Eternity Air for Men

This fougère men’s fragrance with elegant and energizing aroma takes a bold route to the original Eternity fragrance. Airy, light, with a water-like sensation, the fragrance starts with top notes of “Sky of the Sky” accord, mandarin oil and juniper berry oil that slowly evaporates to make way for aromatic lavender oil and violet leaves, then lingers down to earthy patchouli, sea moss and ambergris. Available at Glow Living Beauty.

Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt

“A complex combination of wood and sea is in its essence. It provides the feeling of freedom and natural spirit,” describes Christine Negel, perfumer of the composition, about the Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt. The fragrance is inspired by the unique character of British beaches and is created to evoke the feeling of pleasure, freedom and escape to nature. It is probably one of the most unique scents on the list that will instantly bring you to the shore. It is composed of ambrette seed, sea salt and sage, along with red algae and grapefruit.

Diptyque Eau de Minthé

The brand’s latest launch, the fragrance features notes of mint, patchouli, geranium and a touch of nutmeg. For the base, Diptyque uses a hybrid type of mint—called Cascade Mint—that has a different kind of smell than regular mint and is typically greener. Along with it there’s geranium, patchouli and rose oxide. Cool and refreshing. Available at The Papilion.

MODEL Dan Murphy