Best Spring Cologne: Bright Scents for Every Guy

Spring fragrances can be tricky for men. I’m here to help you through this with this round-up of the best colognes for spring.

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Riddle me this. What makes a good men’s spring scent? 

Theoretically, you want an aromatic fragrance, but too many florals and you’ll smell like a rose garden. Overdo the grounding masculine notes, and you’ve got a winter scent.

When it comes to spring colognes, the key is balance. You want a balance between the layers of notes. 

At this point, you might be intimidated by the idea of figuring this out. You may not even know the difference between eau de parfums and eau de toilettes — we’ve got you covered on that, by the way.

And, we’ve also got you covered in helping you figure out the best spring men’s cologne for you. Of course, all budgets are represented!

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Creed – Green Irish Tweed

$470.00 ($142.42 / Fl Oz)

Creed Green Irish Tweed is a classic fragrance. It has the woodsy, Irish freshness many men love. It is an elegant and masculine scent

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9 of the Best Men’s Spring Colognes

Here they are, so take your pick!

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum

The Eau Sauvage Parfum is a reboot of sorts, taking inspiration from the 1966 Dior scent, Eau Sauvage. That being the case, I tend to recommend it to people who want an old glamor to their scent that isn’t outdated. It’s like wearing Cary Grant’s exact suits, but tailoring it to modern standards.

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum

This scent is deep, with a mix of floral and citrus opening notes from the citron, bergamot, and lavender. This is a big reason I think it works so well during the spring. However, it’s a pretty efficient year-rounder.

You can always just apply it to more pulse points during the colder seasons or evenings for a stronger aroma.

It’s a perfectly masculine scent thanks to the dark yet plant-esque vetiver and earthy base.

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua

I think that the Acqua is the most spring-friendly cologne from Tom Ford’s Costa Azzurra series. It has cyprus in it, which the original doesn’t. It also features juniper, which you won’t find in those gold Costa Azzurra colognes.

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua for MenTom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua for Men
Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua

The nectar-like aroma front of the juniper berry gives it a season-appropriate sweetness, though the cyprus tempers it. It’s springy but still solid and grounded.

It is an aquatic scent though, which means it’s good for all of the warm seasons, including well into August. It has a pretty light projection, so the aquatic vibe doesn’t make it overly summery.

Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet

Also highlighted in our best unisex fragrances, the Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet is one of my favorite scents. It’s elegant and so delightfully English in its understated stateliness. I like to compare it to a good Vesper martini — sweet yet dry, like the British sense of humor.

Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet

As such, it makes a great formal cologne for both spring and summer. Most eveningwear colognes tend to lean dark and can end up being too wintery.

The black pepper and musk undertones result in a masculine lean, but the lemon and pine temper that. And that bottle is truly a work of art.

Antonio Banderas Icon

The Antonio Banderas Icon is a high-value cologne that I like to describe as a grown-up clubby scent. You know those loud colognes young guys wear at the club that’s just one step above early aughts junior high Axe Body Spray?

Antonio Banderas Icon

This scent is lively and fun like they are, but way more grown-up. 

For one thing, it’s a blue fragrance, so it’s far more breezy. Meanwhile, the grapefruit up top and the lavender in the middle notes give it that bright spring-friendly flavor. Of course, it’s all grounded in classic, grown-up sandalwood and oak moss.

Barrel and Oak Mountain Sage

For you earthy, outdoorsy folks, the Barrel and Oak Mountain Sage scent provides a forestry tone. It hat-tips to plants, which helps make it spring-like, but not in a floral or overly bright way. Still, the citrus gives a slight pop, perfectly balanced by patchouli and cedar.

Barrel and Oak Mountain Sage

My advice for this spray is not to overdo it. Here’s the right way to put cologne on, by the way. If you put too much on, it gets a bit too incense-like. Moreover, it’s oil-based and gets stronger throughout the day.

You can wear this guy into summer and early fall too. However, it’s not aquatic or beachy, but it’s definitely made for the camp-loving set.

Creed Irish Tweed

Another traditionally masculine and foresty smell, Creed’s Irish Tweed is the outdoorsy guy’s luxury option.

Creed Irish Tweed

There are two reasons why I think this cologne is completely worth the money. First, the scent itself is impeccable. The woodsy vibe is classic, but it’s distinctly subtle and crisp. It’s so fresh, it almost just makes you smell like you simply had a nice, relaxing shower using fresh spring water at a spa in the woods.

Secondly, it’s one of the most long-lasting scents I’ve ever tried. It’s designed to last 10 hours, but actually often lasts much longer. The initial projection, meanwhile, is maintained for a good three hours or more.

Gucci Guilty Cologne

With its sweet top notes, the Gucci Guilty Cologne is as spring-like as it gets. There are juniper berries in the top notes, and floral violet and heliotrope in the middle, with white musk in the base among other ingredients.

Gucci Guilty Cologne

It’s not as floral or sweet as a ladies’ perfume, and it’s still a fresh, clean, and slightly spicy scent overall. It’s one of the most obviously spring-friendly fragrances on the market.

Issey Miyake L’eau de Issey

Boasting many many notes, the L’eau de Issey by Issey Miyake is known for its complexity. Despite this scent journey, the overall vibe is a floral citrus grounded in woodsiness. It’s ultimately unisex, as a lighter men’s scent or a darker ladies’ scent.

Issey Miyake L’eau de Issey

Its complexity is reminiscent of colognes in the ‘80s. As such, I like to describe this fragrance as being for both genders and all generations.

My favorite part about it is the use of yuzu. It’s a unique way to add a non-pungent tart scent.

Armani Acqua Di Gio

Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean you can’t have a more intense-smelling cologne. Armani Acqua Di Gio is lively and aromatic thanks to its combination of summery marine characteristics and autumn-esque woodsiness.

Armani Acqua Di Gio

This makes it perfect for guys who like a scent with a lot of personality. However, it doesn’t hit you over the head. The woodsiness comes from the earthy patchouli and clary sage. This is a clever grounding force because they’re still bright enough to let the other aromatics do their thing.

Conclusion: Find Your Signature Scents

Whether you love a white musk or the sweetness of an orange blossom, the formulas of the colognes above are perfectly appropriate.

None are tween girl body spray sweet, and none overdo the dark notes — save that for winter.

At the end of the day though, I believe you can wear whatever cologne you want any time of the year. But, it’s always fun to have a rotation!

What are some of your favorite spring colognes? Do you change your scent seasonally? Let me know in the comments!

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