The best coconut colognes can turn your office or local coffee shop into a glimpse of your own private island.
Coconut fragrances present a tropical vibe in a way that’s fresh and creamy. They’re sweet and aquatic, conjuring images of sunshine chilling and cocktails on a pristine beach.
In this guide, I’ll discuss fragrances that range from full-throttle coconut for the diehards, to more complex colognes that bring in vanilla, florals and spices.
Of all the coconut colognes I tested, these are the five that are best at carrying this carefree sense in a way that feels masculine and confident.
My top pick was Tom Ford’s Eau De Solei. Full disclosure- I’m a huge Tom Ford fanboy. But they’ve knocked it out of the park with this succulent, buttery, and rich blend.
It’s right up there with Creed’s Virgin Mountain Water, considered by many to be the best coconut cologne out there.
They’re both towards the pricier end of the spectrum, but I’ve also included some budget options that have impressed me.
So roll out your hammock and dive in!
- 7Gents Guide to the Best Coconut Colognes for Men- Top Fragrances
- FAQ- What You Need to Know About Coconut Men’s Fragrance
- You Know the Best Coconut Fragrances- Now Try One For Yourself
7Gents Guide to the Best Coconut Colognes for Men- Top Fragrances
Tom Ford Eau De Solei Blanc- Best Coconut Cologne Overall
Full disclosure- I’m a huge Tom Ford fanboy. But they’ve knocked it out of the park with this succulent, buttery, and rich blend.
Eau De Solei Blanc is coconut ice cream with crushed pistachios and caramel swirled through it.
It’s the perfect fragrance for a gent who is looking for a creamy signature fragrance to bring a splash of summertime to their day.
It’s pitched as a unisex fragrance, and it isn’t overtly masculine in the traditional sense. This is a light and airy blend that emphasises quality ingredients and attention to detail.
In that sense, it’s suited for the Gent that is confident in his masculinity and is looking for something that implies class rather than brute force.
Eau De Solei Blanc screams rich and quality. Some coconut accords can smell cheap, with a suntan lotion style synthetic quality- but that’s not the case here.
It’s so well blended that it smells like a gourmand dessert. Pistachio and creamy coconut mingle with light touches of ylang-ylang flower, and the results are divine.
If you’re not a fan of thick scents, you should consider Eau De Solei Blanc. It’s an airy, breezy cologne that won’t suffocate like deeper blends.
As such, projection isn’t super strong, but it’s a summer scent, and any more firepower might border on overbearing in the heat.
Longevity is similarly moderate at around 5 hours of performance. It’s a little disappointing for the price, but the quality more than compensates.
|Top Notes:||Pistachio, Pink Pepper, Cardamom and Bergamot|
|Middle Notes:||Ylang-Ylang and Jasmine|
|Base Notes:||Coconut, Amber and Tonka Bean|
CK Eternity Now- Best Coconut Cologne for Value for Money
Calvin Klein’s Eternity Now is a coconut-led, tropical storm of punchy sweetness. It’s summery brightness in a bottle, zinging with sharp lime but mellowed by creamy coconut.
This would be my top pick for the Gent who likes the sound of Eau De Solei Blanc, but can’t quite bring themselves to justify the price.
It’s a little less chilled out and has more emphasis on citrusy lime notes, but with the same milky coconut emphasis.
It’s sweet, creamy, tropical, and a tiny bit flirtatious.
It’s not quite up there with Tom Ford in terms of quality, but for the price Eternity Now is astonishing. It’s one of the cheaper fragrances in my collection, but it stacks up to designer houses.
There’s a distinct mojito vibe, with the lime and coconut meeting a slight alcohol note. The alcohol quality fades with an hour, but it’s still a bit much to wear to the office.
The opening is a soft and sweet medley of creamy coconut and vanilla, cut with a hint of spice from ginger and star anise. The heart introduces cedar and star fruit, with tonka bean emerging in the dry down.
By this point, the coconut is still present but takes a slight back seat. The base is more masculine and mature, emphasizing the Cedarwood and reserved sweetness of vanilla accords.
The smooth cologne straddles the line between cozy and playful to perfection. There’s enough brightness to feel sunny in spring, but the light spice also makes it a viable warmer for fall.
It also beats out Tom Ford in terms of power. I get well over 7 hours of meaningful projection from CK Eternity now, which is an admirable effort for a coconut fragrance.
|Top Notes:||Coconut, Star Anise and Ginger|
|Middle Notes:||Star Fruit, Patchouli and Cedar|
|Base Notes:||Vanilla and Tonka Bean|
Creed Virgin Island Water- Best for the Connoisseur
Virgin Island Water is the coconut fragrance that all others are measured against.
It’s a tropical blend that conjures the sun-kissed islands of the Caribbean, and a gentle sea breeze whistling through the palm trees.
If you fit paradise in a bottle, it would come out smelling like Virgin Island Water.
Coconut is a constant, but it’s joined by a new partner at each stage of the journey. This evolution lends Creed Virgin Island Water a lovely complexity. This is no one-trick-pony coconut cologne.
The opening is big lime energy, softened out by the creamy coconut. In the mid you get jasmine, replacing the sharp citrus notes with unadulterated smoothness.
By the time you’re in the base, it’s all about sweet creaminess, with the addition of musk and sugar cane creating a sense of nourishing coconut milk. The hint of white rum here lingers and gives you a bohemian, cocktails on a beach feeling.
Performance certainly isn’t beast mode. Virgin Island Water is a subtle and unobtrusive summer scent that wants to be investigated, rather than dominate the room.
I get 3 hours of arm’s length projection and a few more as a comforting skin scent. Virgin Island Water to projects just fine, but I do wish it lasted a bit longer.
I’ve found that spraying it on my clothes maintains the same subtle potency, but boosts the lifetime to 6-7 hours- so that’s worth keeping in mind.
|Top Notes:||Coconut, Lime, Mandarin and Bergamot|
|Middle Notes:||Ylang-ylang, Jasmine and Ginger|
|Base Notes:||Musk, Sugar Cane and White Rum|
Tommy Bahama St. Bart’s- Best Budget Option
For whatever reason, I’d always considered Tommy Bahama to be a little dated.
So when I heard that St. Barts was being heralded as an affordable alternative to the inimitable Creed Virgin Island Water, I had to find out for myself.
The truth is, while certainly not a Creed-alike, St Barts is a solid and fun alternative I can wholeheartedly recommend. It manages to capture a lot of what makes Virgin Mountain Water a success, but at a fraction of the price
You’ve got a similar opening with a punchy blend of lime and liquor, but it’s a little more rigid. It’s hard to replicate the smoothness in Creed, so it’s closer to a piercing tequila sense than a smooth cocktail.
Still, the authentic-smelling key lime note is there, and it’s a delight. The coconut comes out to play in the dry down as St Barts smooths out into milky creaminess.
There’s also a gentle marine saltiness that persists and gives the impression of shoreside living. It’s a little like the note in Cool Water, but not as central. Instead of swimming in the sea, you’re floating in a lilo with a margarita.
While St Barts lacks the complexity of the spiced elements in Virgin Island Water, this is far from a generic citrus cheapie. The quality is there for sure, and punches well above its weight in terms of price.
After the initial lime and coconut blast has worn off in the first few hours, St Barts becomes more muted and suitable for intimate encounters. Longevity is respectable at 5-6 hours. It’s good enough for the working day, but it won’t carry you through to a night on the town.
If you’re looking for Virgin Island Water levels of sophistication, just go ahead and get that. You won’t find it here. However, if you’re looking for fun and summery lime energy, I’d sail with St Barts any time.
P.S: Weird bottle design. It’s not the most ergonomic thing in the world. On my bottle, the atomizer seemed to keep spraying a few drops of liquid onto my thumb that I was using to press down on it- that’s likely a random fault though.
|Top Notes:||Lime, Coconut, Tequila and Sea Notes|
|Middle Notes:||Salt, Green Notes and Coconut|
|Base Notes:||Palm, Vanilla and Musk|
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Coco Extreme- Best Coconut Cologne with Vanilla
Coco Extreme has gourmand written all over it. This comforting and cozy fragrance smells good enough to eat.
From the first spray, you’re bathed in milky coconut, before making room for a vanilla flower. It’s an elegant and delicate fragrance that asks “how do you do” rather than “how ya doin”.
It’s just right if you’re looking for a coconut fragrance that tickles you under the chin, rather than smashing you in the face.
This coconut and vanilla menagerie persists throughout the fragrance. This is not some evolving marvel of complexity, rather two beautifully balanced accords presented in their best light.
Touches of tonka bean further the creamy sense in the base, and mimic the aroma of buttery coconut biscuits.
But the real kicker- it’s the most potent cologne on this list, with a full 8-10 hour day of fragrance. When I came home after testing, my entire bedroom still smelled of coconut- nine hours after spraying!
|Top Notes:||Coconut and Vanilla Flower|
|Middle Notes:||Coconut Milk, Tonka Bean and Almond|
|Base Notes:||Coconut, Vanilla and Sugar Cane|
FAQ- What You Need to Know About Coconut Men’s Fragrance
You Know the Best Coconut Fragrances- Now Try One For Yourself
So, hopefully I’ve been able to dispel a couple of myths around coconut fragrances.
Picking the right coconut cologne is going to depend on what exactly you’re looking for. Do you want a cologne that presents unadulterated coconut in all its glory- or something that balances it with other notes in a decadent fusion.
In my top pick from Tom Ford Eau De Solei, the sophisticated additions combine with coconut to be more than the sum of their parts.
It’s the difference between a photorealistic and creamy coconut (which, don’t get me wrong, is still delicious) and a Michelin star coconut dessert. The same is true of Creed’s Virgin Island water, which develops the primary coconut accord into a complex and rich rum punch.
Even with a purer coconut expression, like Coco Extreme Comptoir Sud Pacifique, there’s a vanilla thread to offer some variation.