Ready for summer? So are we, which is why we’ve put together a list of the best summer fragrances for men in 2021.
We may only be a few weeks into Spring but the sunshine we’ve been getting here at The Fragrance Shop HQ is making us seriously excited for summer. With all of the daydreaming of warmer days, cold drinks and laughs with your mates in the sunshine, we quickly got to thinking about what could possibly be your new signature summer scent this year.
We know better than anyone that the best summer fragrances don’t always have to be brand new because classics are classics for a reason. So, this is a mix of new and old, with something for every kind of man. Whether you prefer to be light and fresh, understated and cool, or bold and sensual, we’ve got you covered…
If you haven’t already met, say hello to your new best friend: Armani Acqua Di Gio Profondo. A recent addition to the Acqua Di Gio family, the Armani Eau De Parfum for men is an aromatic Fougère fragrance by the legendary Perfumer Alberto Morillas.
Acqua Di Gio Profondo is an intense interpretation of the classic that’s ready-made for summer, with an aromatic blend of aquatic marine notes and a woody marine accord. Intended to reflect the salty depths of the sea, citrus notes are balanced and softened by the Patchouli, Musk and Amber base, while its heart of Lavender, Cypress and Rosemary envelope it with a refreshing and calming twist.
You knew it was coming. Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million For Men has been a summer staple for many since it first arrived 13 years ago in 2008. The warm and spicy men’s fragrance may be leathery and woody, however its unique citrus notes throughout are what make it suited for hotter days.
With its irresistible opening blend of Grapefruit, Mandarin Orange and Mint, the heart of the 1 Million man is a delightfully contrasting Rose and Cinnamon, carrying over into the rough yet sensual masculine woody base featuring Amber, Patchouli and – of course – that unforgettable Leather accord. The 200ml Spray is currently on offer for just £75.00!
Launched in 2017, Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi Acqua Eau De Toilette is a citrus summer dream. Inspired by the serene Amalfi Coast cliffsides, it’s a bright fragrance that’ll make you feel fresh and chill. Top notes Mandarin Orange, Grapefruit, Mint, Bergamot and Black Currant offer a vibrant opening that settles into the refreshing heart of Wildflowers, Clary Sage, Thyme, Lemon Leaf Oil and Jasmine. The Musk-Chypre base brings a long-lasting outdoorsy vibe perfect for a late summer nights.
Le Male Parfum is a warm spicy reimagination of the Jean Paul Gaultier classic. The magnetic attraction of the original blue sailor is turned up by one thousand as the fresh breeziness is traded in for this dark and alluring edition, bringing a more intense essence to the prominent Vanilla, which is signature to Le Male.
The intensity of Le Male Parfum is the result of the few deliberate notes present, as this is not a fragrance potion made up of many ingredients. The singular top note Cardamom introduces the Vanilla and Oriential-Woody base which is enveloped with a Lavender and Iris heart. If you’re quick, the 125ml Spray is currently down to £61.00 and the 200ml Spray is only £78.00. If there was ever an invitation to go to the dark side, this is it…
Speaking of signature Vanilla scents, the brand new Valentino men’s fragrance is a worthy addition to the greats. Born In Roma Yellow Dream is a fragrance of freedom, inspired by golden hour and made for the energetic, surprising man who lives for spontaneity in the sun.
An exotic twist of juicy Italian Mandarin and a zesty Pineapple accord is a burst of freshness, which pivots to a charming surprise when a brand new Gingerbread accord anchors its spicy ginger heart. A classic base of Vanilla Absolute and Cedar Essence make for an enduring sweetness to uplift the warm spicy accord to swing it into the summer.
Leave it to Moschino to have fun with fragrance. Toy Boy may be ironic in its name and teddy bear packaging but it doesn’t mess around when it comes to the scent itself. Made for the dynamic and passionate man with a playful side, Toy Boy combines an ever-surprising mix of floral, musk and woody accords to create a charming spicy fragrance with a powerful Rose heart. Three years on and Moschino’s first fragrance for men is a constant go-to.
IGO L’Eau d’Issey is Issey Miyake’s latest innovation. The men’s Eau De Toilette presents a fresh masculinity, combining pulsating bursts of Mandarin and Japanese Yuzu with the aquatic Water Lily heart and a bold base of Tobacco, Amber, Sandalwood and Vetiver. Its long-lasting musky base is textbook Western-edge masculinity but its citrus and aquatic notes transform its overall essence with an enduring freshness, which unfolds to reveal a new characteristic of the modern man.
You can also take a look at our recent curation of our other favourite men’s fragrances, from Versace to Hugo Boss, if you’re not 100% on any of these. Trust us, though, they are some of the very best summer fragrances you can get your hands on.
Remember, you can always try a new fragrance every month with our scentaddict perfume subscription. Choose from more than 500 bestselling scents and we’ll send you a new 8ml atomiser straight to your door every 30 days for only £12 per month. It’s like Netflix but better! We promise we’re not bias…