Considering how progressive the world has become over the last few decades, we have long since outgrown labels such as “masculine” and “feminine” in the beauty industry, especially with regard to fragrances. Scents are gendered because beauty, in general, is segregated. Women’s fragrances typically smell fruity or flowery with hints of freshness, whereas men’s fragrances are usually musky with notes of sandalwood and oud.
However, this is no longer how consumers approach fragrances. Perfumes should be an extension of who we are, not on how our gender is assumed. Thus, your gender-identity shouldn’t be limited to what perfume you should or shouldn’t wear – it should be what you’re most comfortable wearing.
Scents should certainly always be genderless – thus, here are our best picks of unisex fragrances that would certainly smell tantalising and alluring for EVERYONE:
Maison Margiela REPLICA At The Barber’s Eau de Toilette
When it comes to the scent of a barbershop, it’s one of a kind. Leather and aftershave may surely suggest a masculine aroma, but Maison Margiela’s Replica At The Barber Eau de Toilette is a perfume with more finesse. After you’ve been overwhelmed by the gruffness of the woody and earthy aroma, it’ll settle in beautifully with light undertones of rosemary and lavender.
Notes: Tonka Beans, White Musk, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Lavender and Basil Accord
Maison Margiela REPLICA Whisper’s In The Library Eau de Toilette
Another one of Maison Margiela’s Replicas – but this time, for those who love to be surrounded by books. The smell of books, which is very distinctive, can be very nostalgic to some. Maison Margiela’s Replica Whisper’s In The Library Eau de Toilette can evoke your memories of being engulfed in a library, with gentle hints of patchouli and vanilla that will transport you to the time when turning pages and only discreet whispers were heard.
Notes: Orange Flower Petals, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Vanilla
Calvin Klein One Eau de Toilette Spray
Calvin Klein One Eau de Toilette was the first gender-neutral fragrance and pioneered unisex scents, so it’s only right that this perfume makes the list. It’s powerful and clean perfume will undoubtedly attract individuals who want to smell alluringly luxurious. Sweet papaya and powerful nutmeg notes may be detected in this scent. In a bottle, the ideal union of femininity and masculinity.
Notes: Green Tea, Papaya, Bergamot, Nutmeg, Violet, Cardamom, and Rose
Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne
Fruity smells aren’t just for women’s perfumes, which is why Jo Malone created Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, which is suitable for both men and women. A spicy and earthy blend that will quickly take you to the Caribbean sea with the first spray. The greatest fruity fragrance on the market, with undertones of spicy basil and fragrant white thyme, that takes the fruit scent to a whole new level.
Notes: Mandarin, Basil and Amberwood
diptyque Philosykos Eau de Toilette
“Philosykos” is Greek for “friend of the fig tree,” so it’s no surprise that the smell focuses on the tantalisingly delectable fruit. However, not just the fruit, but also the entire gorgeous tree, is included. Spraying this on you will completely take you to a summer in Greece, with the green freshness of the leaves, the milky flavour of the figs, and the heaviness of the white wood.
Notes: Fig Leaves, Fig Tree Sap and Fig Tree Wood
Aesop Karst Eau de Parfum
If you’ve ever gone to a cliffside and inhaled the aroma of the sea, Aesop Karst Eau de Parfum encapsulates that full experience, allowing you to recall that fresh fragrance once again. Spicy, woody, and earthy undertones will heighten the freshness to the MAX, giving it a moodier vibe. Also, with floral notes that will enhance the light and mild freshness, for a more refined mark on your skin.
Notes: Juniper, Cumin and Sandalwood
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