It’s almost the end of winter — do you have the best spring cologne for men in your collection yet? If not, have no fear: We’ve collected the best spring colognes to present to you here.
While many fragrances for men are designed to showcase the depth and masculinity of ingredients like leather and cedar, springtime colognes often focus on something else entirely. Built on the fresh, green aesthetic that the coming spring heralds, they’re a welcome change from the dark and spicy colognes that dominate wintertime wear.
In this guide, we’ll be introducing you to five different styles of colognes that are perfect for springtime wear, with options to suit every style and budget. By the end of the article, you’ll have a clear picture of which cologne you’ll be wearing as soon as the weather warms up again.
5 Best Spring Cologne For Men 2021
There are certainly plenty of options to choose from as you search for a fresh and zesty springtime cologne — but we’re confident that the following five fragrances represent the best of the best in this category.
Our favorite spring cologne for men is in fact a favorite among ladies, as well: A unisex citrus aromatic fragrance, Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino is a recent addition to our top warm weather colognes. Debuted in 2011, it’s absolutely full to bursting with all the freshness of spring. We can solidly recommend this not just for springtime wear, but for daytime wear anytime.
A heady and complex blend of bergamot, mandarin orange, bitter orange, lemon, lavender, rosemary, and crepe myrtle flowers makes a strong opening statement for this fragrance. This is further accentuated by the intoxicating floral heart notes of orange blossom, neroli, jasmine, and pittosporum, while the base of resinous amber, herbal angelica, and dusty musk mallow gives greater longevity to the otherwise ethereal top notes.
A moderately intense cologne with a moderate longevity, Neroli Portofino could easily become your new go-to cologne for daily use. It’s friendly and approachable without being insipidly sweet, and we’d be just as happy wearing it to work as to go on a daytime coffee date.
Top notes of bergamot, mandarin orange, bitter orange, lemon, lavender, rosemary, and myrtle
Middle notes of orange blossom, neroli, jasmine, and pittosporum
A woody aromatic style cologne that leans heavily on classically masculine aromatics, Bleu De Chanel has been a hit since its debut in 2010. It’s perhaps the classiest of the spring colognes featured here, and performs doubly well when paired with its matching aftershave lotion as part of your morning routine.
Fresh and zesty grapefruit and lemon peels are joined by aromatic mint and pink peppercorns in Bleu De Chanel’s top notes, which give way slowly but surely to a heart filled with spicy oriental staples of ginger, nutmeg, and jasmine. Anchored by a base of burning incense, vetiver, musk, patchouli, and exotic woods, this is a complex cologne with a long development.
A long lasting cologne with a moderate intensity, Bleu De Chanel is an ideal springtime cologne for men who want to keep it classy and mature. Though it shows best during the blooming warmth of spring, we’d be happy to wear this fragrance any time of year.
Top notes of grapefruit, lemon, mint, and pink peppercorns
Middle notes of ginger, nutmeg, jasmine, and Iso E Super
Base notes of incense, vetiver, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, labdanum, and white musk
Guys who like to keep it classic and classy
Year round wear, though it’s perfect in the spring
A woody chypre style cologne that debuted in 2016, Prada’s L’Homme is paired with the La Femme perfume as a “pair of equals”. It’s the best example of an assertively masculine cologne that doesn’t sacrifice freshness in its pursuit of manly qualities.
Neroli, also known as bitter orange, is the signature top note in L’Homme. It’s joined by crushed cardamom and black peppercorns for a spicy kick, as well as carrot seeds for a savory hint. South American mate lends a green and smoky tone to this cologne’s heart notes, where it is offset by a floral trio of iris, violet, and geranium. Built on a foundation of amber, cedar, patchouli, and sandalwood, it has a strongly masculine finish.
A long lasting cologne with a moderate, approachable intensity, L’Homme by Prada seems ideally suited to wearing all through the spring and summer. It’s an excellent daytime cologne, and would be quite a good choice to wear to work as well.
Top notes of neroli, black peppercorns, cardamom, and carrot seeds
Middle notes of iris, violet, geranium, and mate
Base notes of amber, cedar, patchouli, and sandalwood
Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue is a unique fragrance style that’s perfect for springtime, but may become a favorite for year-round wear. Made in the woody aquatic style, it debuted only as recently as 2017 and already has a legion of devoted fans. If springtime means beach time for you, you’ll absolutely love this fragrance.
Beginning with a simple set of grapefruit and mandarin orange top notes, Light Blue transitions slowly to a salty heart of sea water and dry, spicy juniper berries. Resinous amberwood plays off of animalic musk in this fragrance’s base notes, giving a long and gradual development to each of the top and heart note aromatics.
A long lasting cologne with a present but balanced intensity, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue manages to be both unique and characteristically masculine. If you’re less of a fan of herbal notes and juicy fruits, its dry and aquatic character will surely appeal to you.
Top notes of grapefruit and mandarin orange
Middle notes of sea water and juniper
Base notes of amberwood and musk
Anyone looking for a unique yet masculine fragrance
Taking a little bit of the beach with you wherever you go
Fresh and fruity with a definite Mediterranean quality, Versace Man Eau Fraiche is a woody aquatic style cologne that debuted in 2006. It’s a significant departure from the Dolce & Gabbana woody aquatic cologne featured above, and an excellent choice for any warm day throughout the year.
Juicy star fruit is joined by lemon and bergamot peels in Versace Man’s top notes, where judicious additions of cardamom and rosewood give it a spicy and resinous tinge. Heart notes of freshly sawn cedar are complemented by herbal and savory tarragon and sage, as well as a hint of crushed black peppercorns. With its intensely musky and woody base notes, you’ll also find exotic saffron threads lending a dry and complex finish.
Exceptionally friendly and easygoing as a scent, Versace Man Eau Fraiche has a moderate longevity and approachable intensity. We love it as a date night cologne for the spring and summer.
Top notes of lemon, bergamot, star fruit, cardamom, and rosewood
Middle notes of cedar, tarragon, black peppercorns, and sage
Base notes of musk, woody notes, saffron, amber, and sycamore