10 Best Spring Colognes for Men

Updated June 2021

Premium

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino

Editor's Pick

Chanel Allure Homme Sport

Best Value

Pour Un Homme de Caron

How We Found the Best Spring Colognes

5 Experts Interviewed

20 Fragrances Tested

Top 10 Picks

Liam Carson

Liam Carson

Spring is here, finally!

Spring is the season for freshness and new beginnings, but also the opportunity to try some new colognes.

Greens and florals work exceptionally well in the Spring, but making a choice between the hundreds of colognes on the market is tough!

Today we’re taking a look at the best men’s spring fragrances for 2021.

Keep reading for our top tips to help you find a fantastic fragrance for the new season.

Summary List

Spring Fragrances Ranked by Cologne Critic

Editor's Pick

Best Overall Spring Cologne - Chanel Allure Homme Sport

4.5/5

Why we chose it

Our top pick for the best spring cologne of 2021.

Actually, it could be one of our favorite for all year round.

Homme Sport is the sportier version of Chanel Allure, offering a fresher and crisper approach to its namesake. 

Homme sport features effervescent Italian Mandarin for an almost sparkling feel.  However, the base is where it really earns its fame as notes of almond, tonka and musk settle down into something that is entirely sensual and irresistible.

It’s tough to find someone who doesn’t like this fragrance, so wear with caution, it’s bound to attract attention!

If you’re buying this for yourself, you absolutely can’t go wrong.  Better still, Allure Homme Sport makes for an exceptional gift for the special man in your life.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Aldehydic
  • Aromatic

Premium

Premium Cologne - Tom Ford Neroli Portofino

Our Take

Tom Ford has been making scents since 2006, and despite their relative infancy, produce some of the most exquisite fragrances in the market.

Ford’s Neroli Portofino is a fresh, fruity and citrus aroma, suitable for spring-summer.  Dominated by bergamot, orange flower and lavender, Neroli Portofino is a crisp and pleasant cologne for the sophisticated man.

As the name may suggest, the fragrance is inspired by Portofino, an Italian fishing village and holiday resort most famous for its picturesque harbor.  Tom Ford has attempted to capture this scent in a bottle.

We genuinely love Neroli Portofino, but it’s incredibly expensive.  For that reason, we wouldn’t recommend everyday wear, instead, save this for the most special of occasions!

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Aromatic
  • White Floral

Best Value

Best Value for Money - Pour Un Homme de Caron

Our Take

Pour Un Homme de Caron is a ‘simple’ yet not ‘simplistic’ cologne, dating all the way back to 1934.

Opening with a herbal blast, you can immediately tell why we included this as one of our top colognes for the spring season.  A unique blend of lavender and vanilla oozes sophistication and class that is sometimes lacking in modern offerings.

To complement its simplistic approach, the bottle is understated yet classy, oozing masculinity.

Describing a cologne as ‘classic’ can sometimes give the impression that it is boring, but that is definitely not the case for Pour Un Homme de Caron.

Get used to comments of ‘you smell wonderful’ when wearing this!

Main Accords

  • Floral
  • Vanilla
  • Aromatic

Bleu de Chanel

Our Take

Everything that the house of Chanel touches turns to gold, or in this case, blue!

Wearing this scent leaves you feeling invigorated, ready for whatever the day ahead has in store for you.

Opening with a citrus burst, including effervescent grapefruit, pink pepper, bergamot and mint, you immediately are confronted with a strong association with the Spring. 

In the dry down, amber, wood and cedar aromatics create a beautiful scent that will stay with you for the whole day.  A truly, long-lasting wonder!

One of our favorite aspects of this cologne is definitely its sleek and stylish bottle.  In particular, we love the snap of the magnetic lid as you put it back in place.  These small touches may seem trivial, but really work to set a fragrance apart in an otherwise crowded market.

A little on the expensive side, you may prefer to save Bleu de Chanel for more formal occasions. Paired with an elegant black suit and tie, you definitely can’t go wrong with this choice.

Main Accords

  • Woody
  • Citrus
  • Warm Spicy

Dior Eau Sauvage

Our Take

Eau Sauvage is what we like to call a ‘green’ fragrance, packed with green fruity and herbal aromatics, including lime and basil.

Fronted by Johnny Depp, the appeal of this fragrance is far and wide.  If you’re looking for something a bit more on the unique side, you may need to keep looking.

Still, we love Dior Sauvage for its masculinity and timeliness, plus it’s incredibly sexy.  If you’re heading out for a first date, a few sprays of Dior Sauvage will definitely leave your partner wanting to get closer.

Some find the cologne a little on the weaker side, so experiment with application to strike the right balance for you.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Woody
  • Aromatic

Prada L'Homme

Our Take

The world-famous couture fashion house, Prada, brings us the awe-inspiring scent of Prada L’Homme.

In a floral opening of Iris and patchouli, a crisp, sweet, yet subtle aroma descends on the wearer.  If you’re a fan of soap-scented or powdery fragrances, you’ll definitely enjoy Prada L’Homme.

One thing we can praise Prada L’Homme for is its longevity, a small application will last you through to the end of the day.

Prada L’Homme is an inoffensive and pleasant scent, which makes it a perfect choice for daily wear to the office.

Main Accords

  • Sweet
  • Floral
  • Aromatic

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Intense

Our Take

Launched 10 years after the original Light Blue cologne, Light Blue Intense is a cologne oozing with strength and masculinity.

A ‘fresh aquatic’, Light Blue Intense features keynotes of grapefruit, juniper and musk to form an exclusive and irresistible choice for the spring season.  A subtle and understated scent with staying power that will last all day.

The frosted design of the bottle is reflective of the calm blue Mediterranean sea and will make an eye-catching addition to any man’s vanity shelf.

A real crowd-pleaser, definitely a wise choice as a nose-friendly workplace cologne.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Aquatic
  • Fresh Spicy

Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

Our Take

Known as the ‘Original Green’, a nod to its freshness and ‘green’ aromas, Paco Rabanne Pour Homme has been on the market since 1973. 

Pour Homme is known as a fougere (the French word for “fern”), which lets you know exactly what to expect from this beautiful fragrance.

Featuring rosemary, lavender and oakmoss in the opening, you instantly become overwhelmed with the thoughts of lush green fields in the springtime.  The scent develops into a herbal concoction, paired with sweet honey and lime and tonka bean in the base.

Given its age, we think Pour Homme is a timeless classic, reminiscent of decades gone by.  Because of this, it’s an excellent choice for the older cologne fan, or as a gift for a father or grandfather.

Main Accords

  • Floral
  • Woody
  • Warm Spicy

Hermès Terre D'Hermès

Our Take

Terre D’Hermès evokes thoughts of winding orange groves in the hills of Tuscany, coupled with the natural and earthy smell just before a rainstorm.

We originally featured Terre D’Hermès on our list of top autumnal colognes, but the beauty of this fragrance is its versatility, which makes it a fantastic choice for most seasons.

With top notes of grapefruit and orange, a mid of pink peppercorn and a base of geranium and patchouli, Terre D’Hermès creates a powerful, yet not overpowering aroma.

A safe scent, Terre D’Hermès is perfect for use around the office and will definitely attract many compliments.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Woody
  • Fresh Spicy

Versace Eau Fraîche

Our Take

Last but not least, a beautiful aquatic from the house of Versace, Eau Fraiche.

Opening with a citrus blast of lemon and bergamot, the fruity blend is combined with florals of rosewood and rose.  If there was ever a scent for the Spring, this is definitely it.

One of the best things about Eau Fraîche is its versatility, and can easily be worn by young or old as it strikes the perfect balance between not being too mature or too youthful.

Another bonus is that it is very affordable, which is why we recommend this as a safe school/college scent for the younger gentlemen stepping into the world of fragrance for the first time.

Main Accords

  • Citrus
  • Floral
  • Aromatic

Expert Tips

Scents typically associated with the spring season feature floral blooms and fresh notes, the typical smell of a clean and crisp spring morning.

Spring is often associated with rejuvenation and a step towards the warmer months of the year, so it makes sense to accompany the season with something to reflect that.

Lighter fragrances work particularly well in the Spring, as they work to complement the evolving season around us.

But given the Spring is different depending on where you are located in the world, there are no hard and fast rules, so feel free to experiment with fragrances that work for you.

Every season has a different scent profile, mainly depending on the type of weather that comes with it.

Spring is usually associated with new beginnings and rebirth.  Green fragrances work particularly well in the Spring, as they evoke the feeling of the earth waking back up.

Summer is a time for aquatics and fresh, fruity and floral colognes.

As things cool down in the fall spice and seductive fragrances are more suited to this season.

Winter, typically the coldest of the four seasons, is mostly associated with deep and luxurious scents.  Vanilla, spiced orange and cinnamon come to mind, which can often be overwhelming in the summer due to their power.

Whatever the season, you can find a wonderful fragrance to accompany it.  Why not check out some of our other guides to find the right fragrance match for you?

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Researched by a team of fragrance experts.