The 20 Best Men’s Colognes for Spring 2023
In the spring, you might want to opt for a cologne that’s light and fresh. Here are 20 great spring colognes to consider.
Even if you have yet to feel an actual thaw outside, now is the time to make a change in your fragrance wardrobe too – and go for something fresher and more seasonal.
So, what makes a great Spring cologne? The best-smelling men’s colognes this season are light, fresh and fragrant, not too heavy or cloying.
We think you’ll like the following examples, so go ahead, try something new. Be adventurous and put some sunshine on your skin.
It will change your whole outlook.
Here’s our roundup of the freshest men’s fragrances for Spring 2023. They’re not all brand new on the market, but they’re perfect to try out as you look forward to enjoying the warmer weather.
We’re including each cologne’s specific fragrance notes which may help you decide if it could be the right one for you.
Don’t be intimidated by some of the over-the-top fragrance reviews you’ll see online that wax lyrical (or otherwise) about top, middle and base notes.
You’ll find that fragrance critics are right up there with wordy wine snobs in terms of their flowery language.
Here’s a simple primer. The top notes are what you smell first, the first initial impression of a fragrance: the base notes are bolder and they’re what remains after you’ve applied it to your skin.
The middle notes, usually fruity or floral, form the heart of the fragrance, tying the compounds together to give you a combination of top and base notes connecting in a consolidated fragrance.
Short on time? Here are our top three picks for the best spring colognes you can buy right now:
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver was launched in 2009. With vetiver as the dominant theme, it opens with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange blossom, and sage. You’ll like this bold, sunny, salty, woody, citrus-y recipe.
Versace Man Eau Fraiche
Versace Man Eau Fraiche is light, refreshing and perfect for the weekend, after your workout shower or after a long hike outdoors. Eau Fraîche is French for “fresh water” and it is generally categorized in the “woody aquatic” fragrance family.
$365.00 ($214.71 / Fl Oz)
Aventus has a sweet, fruity blast which lowers into a woodsy, masculine, long-lasting fragrance. Sophisticated and contemporary, you can wear this any time of the year, but Spring is a good time to start.
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The 20 Best Men’s Colognes for Spring 2023
Here are some of our perennial Spring favorites…
Bleu De Chanel Cologne
Originally created by French master perfumier Jacques Polge and launched in 2010, Bleu De Chanel has fast become a top go-to men’s fragrance when you’re transitioning into warmer seasons.
It is fresh, crisp, citrusy, yet is has a seductive opening into a deeper, woody, incense stage. A top seller since its launch, Bleu De Chanel is masculine and aromatic, yet clean.
Top notes: Grapefruit, Lemon, Pink Pepper, Mint, Nutmeg
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Ginger, Cedarwood, Vetiver
Base notes: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Labdanum
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
If you are hankering after the smell of the sea, sun, salt and citrus, then Light Blue is the Spring fragrance for you.
It has a light apple and ocean smell which will have you longing for those outdoor days on the beach and in the garden.
It is a light, “soft-spoken” fragrance and it is non-lingering, so you won’t offend your co-workers or overpower your significant other.
Top Notes; Sicilian Mandarin, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Juniper, Granny Smith Apple
Middle Notes: Brazilian Rosewood, Rosemary, Pepper
Base Notes: Musk Oakmoss
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
No list would be complete without a Tom Ford fragrance. The former designer at Gucci has a stunning portfolio of almost 100 phenomenally successful fragrances for just about every taste.
“I think fragrance might be more important than clothes,” he once told an interviewer.
Neroli is an essential oil distilled from the flowers of the Seville orange and Neroli Portofino has a fresh, clean, sweet, orangey fragrance.
Think cool breezes, lounging on the beach in the Italian Riviera and you’ll have it. It is pricey but worth it.
Top Notes: Tunisian Neroli, Bergamot, lemon, Mandarin, Lavender, Myrtle, Rosemary, Bitter Orange
Middle Notes: African Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Neroli, Pittosporum
Base Notes: Amber, Ambrette Seed, Angelica
Versace Man Eau Fraîche
The name says it all. Eau Fraîche is French for “fresh water” – and it is generally categorized in the “woody aquatic” fragrance family.
It is light, refreshing but not overly long-lasting, so you’ll have to apply it often to maintain the scent on your skin. Perfect for the weekend, after your workout shower or after a long hike outdoors.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Rosewood, Carambola (Star Fruit)
Middle Notes: Green Apple, Calone, Tarragon, Pepper
Base Notes: Melon, Ambroxan (musky, woody, yet soft fragrance), Cedarwood
Hermès Terre d’Hermès
Close your eyes. Now think of an orange grove in Tuscany, the musky smell of the earth and that distinctive aroma of ozone as a big rainstorm gets ready to roll in.
That’s what Hermes Terre d’Hermès smells like. It will whisk you away in an instant to thoughts of warmer climes. Sweet, pungent, then gives a peppery zing.
Top Notes: Grapefruit, Orange
Middle Notes: Flint, Pepper, Pink Peppercorn
Base Notes; Geranium leaves, Patchouli, Baies Rose
Prada L’Homme Water Splash
What better name for a Spring into Summer fragrance? Introduced last year, Water Splash is a light, slightly powdery smelling cologne that will remind you of a relaxing day outdoors.
It is delicate with a lively, slightly bitter, citrus, refreshing fruitiness.
Top Notes: Neroli, Mandarin Leaf, Cardamom
Middle Notes: Ginger, Iris
Base Notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Cedarwood
Maison Margiela Replica Sailing Day
It’s refreshing. It’s invigorating. It will have you thinking about a cool ocean breeze as you set out for a relaxing day of sailing.
Replica Sailing Day is crisp, smooth and clean. It’s a fragrance you can wear into summer. Imagine diving into a clear blue ocean and you’ll understand the feeling.
Top Notes: Aquatic Accord (blend of two or more fragrance notes), Aldehydes Accord, Juniper Pure Jungle Essence
Middle Notes: Coriander, Iris, Rose Super Essence
Base Notes: Red Seaweed, Ambergris Accord, Orcanox (main fragrance component of ambergris)
One of the most popular, best-selling (and best-smelling!) colognes around, Dior Sauvage has a masculine, outdoors-y scent.
You’ll think of blue sky, grass, rugged mountains and sun. Distinctive, but not overpowering, Dior Sauvage is perfect for a Spring day as you enjoy the outdoors after a long, cold winter.
Woody, citrus scent with top notes of pepper and bergamot. Apparently, it is a great favorite with women, and not just because of the brand’s Johnny Depp commercial.
Top notes: Pepper, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, Pink Pepper, Sichuan Pepper, Elemi, Vetiver
Base notes: Ambroxan (Ambergris), Cedar, Labdanum
Giorgio Armani – Armani Code
Citrus, powdery, fresh yet masculine. Armani Code is elegant, powerful and understated, like a true gentleman.
This cologne is in the Spicy Oriental Amber family and its first impression is of a deep citrus burst of sweet bergamot and lemon followed by floral olive, vanilla and spicy anise with a distinctly powdery scent.
Its base notes will have you thinking of rich leather and earthy honey. Great for a Spring night out on the town, as it is not too overpowering.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Black Pepper
Middle Notes: Olive Flower, Star Anise, Vanilla
Base Notes: Guiac Wood, Tonka Bean, Amber, Labdanum
Creed Aventus Cologne
Finally, we don’t think our list would be complete without Creed Aventus.
Yes, it’s expensive, but we just had to include it. Yes, its launch was overhyped and yes there are plenty of knock offs, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, isn’t it?
Creed is one of the oldest fragrance houses around; it was founded in 1760 and passed down from father to son and their fragrances are mostly mixed and made by hand, carrying on in the strictest family tradition.
Aventus has a sweet, fruity blast which lowers into a woodsy, masculine, long-lasting fragrance.
Sophisticated and contemporary, you can wear this any time of the year, but Spring is a good time to start. We think it deserves a mention because, well, it just smells so darn good.
Top notes: Blackcurrant, Bergamot, French Apple, Pineapple
Middle Notes: Rose, Dry Birch, Moroccan Jasmine, Patchouli
Base Notes: Musk, Oakmoss, Ambergris, Vanilla
Azzaro Chrome by Loris Azzaro
A fresh and energetic scent, Azzaro Chrome is just made for spring. It features top notes of lemon, rosemary, pineapple, bergamot, and neroli, balanced by a heart of jasmine, oakmoss, cyclamen, coriander, and white musk.
Base notes are cedar, sandalwood, cardamom, rosewood, and tonka bean.
Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme
A classic aquatic fragrance, Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme is a light and refreshing scent launched in 2005.
It is well suited for the warmer weather, with top notes of bergamot, mandarin, and petitgrain, middle notes of seaweed, lavender, and cotton flower, and base notes of cedar, patchouli, clary sage, and amber. Wear it every day and enjoy the compliments.
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is a clean and crisp fragrance.
Its middle notes are yuzu, lemon, bergamot, verbena, mandarin orange, sage, and tarragon; middle notes are blue lotus, nutmeg, lily-of-the-valley, saffron, geranium, cinnamon, and mignonette; base notes are vetiver, musk, cedar, sandalwood, tobacco, and amber.
Despite some unusual, (perhaps over-abundant ingredients) this is nevertheless a light and refreshing scent that has a pleasing balance.
Givenchy Gentlemen Only
A sophisticated fragrance for the mature man, Givenchy Gentlemen Only is a classic fragrance that doesn’t go overboard.
It’s the kind of fragrance to keep as a ‘wardrobe’ staple. With top notes of bergamot, pink peppercorn, green mandarin, and nutmeg, middle notes of vetiver, patchouli, and violet leaf, and base notes of incense and musk, it is notwithstanding a light, pleasing scent you can dab on every day.
Jo Malone Orange Blossom
If you love the citrusy aroma of orange blossom, this one is a no-brainer. It is a pretty, unisex fragrance with top notes of neroli, tangerine blossom, and bergamot.
Middle notes are orange blossom, lilac, and water lily, and base notes are iris and vetiver.
It’s a bright, invigorating, sweet scent. You’re sure to be asked what cologne you’re wearing.
Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani
This one has been around in various iterations since 1996. It’s super popular and successful, spawning a bunch of flankers, but we still love it. Acqua di Gio has become a timeless classic. It’s fresh. It’s aquatic and it’s appealing.
It has top notes of bergamot, lemon, lime, jasmine, bergamot, neroli, and mandarin, middle notes of sea notes, jasmine, calone, peach, freesia, rosemary, hyacinth, cyclamen, coriander, violet, nutmeg, rose and mignonette.
Base notes are white musk, cedar, oakmoss, patchouli, and amber.
There’s a lot thrown into this recipe, but it works. It’s a light and refreshing scent that’s perfect for everyday wear. ‘The scent of freedom, the wind and the water’ according to Giorgio himself. You need to get some.
Paco Rabanne Invictus
A bold and fresh fragrance, Paco Rabanne Invictus was launched in 2013. Its top notes are grapefruit, sea notes, mandarin, and middle notes of bay leaf and jasmine.
Base notes are ambergris, guaiac wood, oakmoss and patchouli.
You’ll find this a sporty, dynamic fragrance that celebrates energy and power. Wake yourself up with this one.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
This fragrance was launched in 2009. With vetiver as the dominant theme, it opens with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange blossom, and sage.
Middle notes are orris root, nutmeg and… pimento? (Who would have guessed?).
Base notes comprise vetiver, woody notes, oakmoss, and amber.
If you are a Tom Ford fan — and who isn’t? — you’ll like this bold, sunny, salty, woody, citrus-y recipe. (You have to like vetiver, though).
Le Labo Baie 19
A crisp, timeless, unisex fragrance, launched in 2019. Think nature, rainforests, the ocean, and the beach. It’s the juniper berry, patchouli, and green leaf notes that take you there.
Its top notes are juniper and patchouli, its middle notes are musk and green leaves, and its base notes are ozonic notes, and ambroxan. Share it with your significant other. Crisp, aquatic.
Aqua Di Parma – Blu Mediterraneo Arancia Di Capri
Budget this year but still can’t quite stretch to a tip to the Italian Riviera? Don’t worry — this cologne will transport you to the island of Capri in a hot minute. It’s that fruity, fresh, juicy, nautical, and tropical.
It opens with orange, mandarin, bergamot, and lemon.
Middle notes are petitgrain and cardamom and base notes are caramel and musk. Deliciously orangey.
There you have it. Some of the best-smelling colognes for men this Spring with notes on what to expect from each one.
We think you’re sure to find something to wake up your senses and put a spring in your step.
So go ahead, give yourself some sunshine.
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