Best aftershaves and colognes for summer

Melisha Kaur
Tom Ford

Long summer days call for a light fragrance that will keep you feeling fresh and cool.

As the warm climates and temperatures can alter your skin chemistry, the heavy ouds of winter may be too overwhelming for the hot season.

Lighter options such as crisp and citrus scents are not only great in the heat, but reflect those feelings of balmy evenings, long strolls on the beach and summer cocktails.

From Tom Ford to Aesop, we’ve selected six of our favourites for men in time for Father’s Day on June 17.

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra

An ocean-blue bottle holds this exotic marine fragrance from Tom Ford’s Private Blend range. Lemon, basil and lavender provide a zesty citrus hit, and this is followed by a heart of woody notes that form a driftwood accord. Incense, vanilla, and labdanum ground the smell in a green, comforting base, while a salty dry-down reflects the aroma of a beach in Sardinia. Designed for both men and women, Costa Azzura is an energetic scent that truly captures the freedom of summer.

£158 | John Lewis | Buy it now

Givenchy Gentleman Only

A burst of aromatic freshness, Gentleman Only is a modern take on the classic Givenchy Gentleman. It combines uplifting notes of green mandarin and pink pepper with spicy accords of nutmeg and vetiver. A musky dry-down of patchouli and cedar makes it an ideal choice for summer nights out. Sleek and contemporary, the sky blue-coloured bottle takes on the appearance of an English-style hip flask and is topped with a gun metal cap. Overall, it’s a seductively soothing fragrance and much more wearable than the vintage Gentleman.

£69.50 | Boots | Buy it now

Bvlgari Tygar

Part of Bvlgari’s stunning Le Gemme for Men collection – inspired by gemstones – this ambery citrus scent takes a cue from the golden-brown ‘Tiger Eye of India’, which draws its energy from the vibrations of the sun and earth. Sparkling and zesty grapefruit and white amber cascade provide an instant hit of freshness that lingers for hours on end. A smooth base of ambrox offers a dry-down that is both deep and delicate. With a sleek matte finish, the black-and-gold bottle is sophisticated yet masculine and will add a touch of luxury to any man’s dresser.

£218 | Harrods | Buy it now

Chanel Bleu De Chanel

According to Chanel, Bleu is ‘a tribute to masculine freedom’. It opens with aromas of fresh lemon, orange and peppermint, which lead to a heart of musky cedar, jasmine and vetiver. Its base of patchouli and sandalwood reveals even more warmth as it settles with a sweet, musky dry-down. Perfect for those who prefer a soft scent, it’s a sporty but classy blend that will last for hours against your favourite summer tee. The dark-blue bottle, with its glossy finish, is complete with a magnetic cap.

From £56.70 | John Lewis | Buy it now

Aesop Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette

For those who like a dramatic scent that lingers around all day, the unisex Marrachech Intense should work a treat. The reworked version of Aesop’s original Marrakech fragrance – a spicy concoction inspired by the Moroccan city – is created from a blend of oriental, floral and musky notes. A citrusy opening of bergamot, orange flower and ylang ylang is balanced by heart of sandalwood, clove and patchouli. The scent is beautifully blended and manages to be both soft and powerful all at once.

£60 | Aesop | Buy it now

Tom Ford Noir Anthracite

A summer scent doesn’t have to be half-hearted. For the modern man who likes to go against the grain, this new Tom Ford offering is just the trick. Joining the designer’s signature Noir collection for men, Anthracite is showcased by bright notes of bergamot and rich spices, creating a beautiful balance of dark and light.

The pepperiness is deep and heady but not overpowering, making it suitable for everyday use. And while it’s pretty pricey, just one spritz of this eau de parfum will stay all day – even in the summer heat. It really is the ultimate day-to-night fragrance.

£103 | John Lewis | Buy it now


A wonderfully fresh and energetic scent, Tom Ford’s Costa Azzurra is our top pick for men this summer. If you are looking for something more evening-appropriate, then the label’s new Noir Anthracite is for you.