10 Best Long Lasting Summer Fragrances for Men

Long lasting summer fragrances

Many guys have that one cologne, that go-to fragrance they wear day after day. While loyalty is a wonderful quality, variety is the spice of life. A sophisticated gentlemen has an arsenal of fragrances to access for every occasion. A first date would require a different scent than, say, a wedding would; you should wear a different cologne during your workday than you wear out on the weekends – adapting appropriately to the environment.

Why than, would we not tailor our essence around the seasons as well? With summer in full swing it is time to put away the cold weather fragrances and break out the summer fun!

However, there is one issue that most guys run into when choosing that summer signature: short-lasting scent. With the heat turned up to 11 and summer activities in full swing you need a cologne that works as hard as you play. You need something that doesn’t evaporate in the heat, something that won’t wash off in the slightest ocean spray, something that a summer breeze can’t blow away.

Here are our 10 favorite long-lasting summer scents that will tough out the summer season like champions:

Versace pour Homme

Versace’s signature cologne for men is a perennial favorite and a popular “go-to” year round but we think it is best suited for summer.

Versace pour Homme uses the summer staple of citrus as a wonderful foundation that is rounded out with greener notes of grass and herb along with a little spice for kicks. Finally, touches of musk and vanilla complete this classic cologne and make it one of our favorites.

This scent brings to mind Mediterranean scenes of white sand, blue ocean and fruity drinks, a place where the long sunny days turn into a breezy twilight. The wonderful news about this cologne is that long after the sun sets and the stars come out, this wonderful fragrance will still be around for the night life.

Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi Acqua

As the name might suggest, this is definitely a citrus based fragrance. Floral notes also abound in Tom Ford’s new take on his old Mandarino di Amalfi.

Now, this scent is marketed for both men and women so it will take a certain level of confidence to pull off but we just could not leave it off of our list of the Best Longest Lasting Summer Fragrances – and last long it does!

As we said, citrus dominates with grapefruit, bergamot and (you guessed it!) mandarin orange coming together for an intoxicating blend of citrus. The floral notes of jasmine, rose and thyme complement nicely what ends with coriander and amber, smoothing out the sharper citrus quite well.

Mandarino di Amalfi Acqua is one of the lighter fragrances that made the list but don’t think that means it will fade. This will turn heads and elicit smiles long into the evening so you can catch the eye (and nose) of that beach beauty you have been wanting to talk with all day.

Acqua di Parma Chinotto de Liguria

Another fragrance that is marketed as unisex, this cologne is a bit more bold and traditionally manly than the Tom Ford though. Inspired by the Mediterranean coast, Chinotto de Liguria uses some of the same citrus and floral notes that we have become so familiar with in a summer cologne but keeps it simple. This scent is less complicated than some of our other favorites, and sometimes, simple is best.

While the chinotto citrus notes are the foundation (and the namesake) rosemary, geranium and jasmine are also very prevalent in the bouquet of aromas. Touches of cardamom, patchouli and musk also add a little dimension to this new cologne by Acqua di Parma.

Another fragrance that can stay with you through the trials of a summer day, the heat won’t chase this one off.

Polo – Blue

This is one of the heavier scents we reviewed for this summer, but exactly what you would expect from Polo. Not as bold as Black, not as spicy as Red, and not as earthy as Green – Polo Blue is just right for the summer months.

While this fragrance does still have a slightly musky base its top notes are light mandarin citrus and melon infused with crisp cucumber, beautifully clean top notes that are bright and uplifting. The aquatic aroma that you would expect to find in a summer cologne is present and well balanced with green hints such as sage and basil.

If a lasting, everyday summer signature is what you are looking for, search no more. Not necessarily memorable but if a quiet compliment to your bold personality is what you need Polo Blue is the right fit (for bold compliments to a quiet personality see below).

D.S. & Durga – Cowboy Grass

The longest lasting (and most manly) of our summer picks this season – the name says it all!

D.S. & Durga’s Cowboy Grass abandons the popular summer staples of citrus and light flowery scents for much more earthy tones. Thyme, sage and vetiver are the foundation of this cologne with a musky scent that finishes with a crisp fragrance reminiscent of freshly cut grass.

By far the boldest of all our long lasting summer favorites this is definitely a more roughneck scent and a little goes a long way – and lasts a long time. If you are looking for a head-turner that isn’t offensive Cowboy Grass is your cologne.

D & G Light Blue

Light Blue for Men has subtle fruity tones that you need to try. The citrusy notes make Light Blue less sweet than lemony, and the dry cedarwood base is unique. It smells somewhat aquatic—perfect for summer—and it’s certainly light on the musky base that you may find in other men’s fragrances.

Dunhill Pursuit

Are you into heavier scents and are wondering what to wear for summer? Dunhill Pursuit is highly masculine, but has that shot of citrus that freshens it up for warmer weather. Enjoy the wood base paired with mandarin, vanilla, spike lavender, white cedarwood, vetyver, patchouli, yuzu, bergamot, ambrette seed, cardamom, schinus molle, and sandalwood.

Hugo Boss MAN

This interpretation of Hugo Boss summer fragrance takes aromatic scents to the next level. You’ll find top notes of lavender, green apple, mint, grapefruit and basil, middle notes of carnation, geranium sage and jasmine; base notes are patchouli, fir and cedar.

Cool Water by Davidoff

This scent opens with a delightfully refreshing lavender, jasmine, oakmoss, musk and sandalwood notes. Cool Water works well for daytime, and is an excellent combination for those of us who want a fragrance with just a touch of outdoorsy, marine elements that don’t overwhelm.

Armani Aqua di Gio

Aqua di Gio is considered a rather heady, strong aquatic scent, with notes of citrus, jasmine, rosemary, and wood. There’s a refreshing, breezy note that you’ll love for warm weather.

Ultimately, how you wear your summer cologne is just as important as the scent itself. But if the fragrance fades long before you do there is nothing to work with. These 10 long lasting summer colognes have the stamina required to make it through the day and last long into the night.

A lighter fragrance such as a fruitier scent, including citrus notes, or an aqua scent will work perfectly in warm weather. If you really love your new fragrance, don’t forget that you can add a slight splash in the afternoon as a pick-me-up.

Remember to pick your summer signature based not only on how you think others will react to the scent but pick a cologne based on how it makes YOU feel. Cologne can give a man that extra confidence needed to make the bold choices that great summer memories are made of – so choose well!

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