Written by: Viola Levy
If you’re not a fan of sugary sweet floral fragrances, or heavy masculine colognes you might want to try a unisex scent instead. With no gender – or agenda – their sole purpose is to smell great on everyone and anyone, whatever mood you’re in or however you identify.
You might think gender-neutral scents are a new phenomenon, but in fact, they go back to the early days of perfume – when scents were created for anyone who wanted to smell nice. It was only when fragrance became available to the masses that marketing executives decided to sort them into ‘for him’ and ‘for her’ categories we know so well.
Meet Our Unisex Scents
The following fragrances don’t fit neatly into such boxes; whether niche and experimental or beloved classics, they’re just cool, interesting characters on their own. Perfect for anyone looking to switch things up – just don’t blame us if your other half steals them!
The Perfume Edit – Peppered Earth
Pink pepper is one of those wonderful yet woefully underrated ingredients that gives perfume that ‘twinkle’ factor, in a similar way to citrus notes but with less of a tang. It’s the enigmatic top note in this dark, handsome and downright addictive concoction. Although it boasts a classic floral heart of rose and jasmine, patchouli, musk and leather add some smoky depth. It’s ideal for anyone looking for a fragrance that’s ‘a little different’.
Kierin NYC - 10am Flirt
This gloriously green, mossy citrus scent is perfect for anyone who loves being in nature. Once sprayed, it wastes no time in announcing itself – with a sharp bite of sweet fig, given added warmth with sandalwood and cashmere wood. If you don’t feel like wearing anything too ‘heavy’ especially first thing in the morning, this is a perfect cheery perfume to get your brain geared up for the day.
ME. - Tranquil
Contrary to popular belief, perfume isn’t just to make someone smell ‘attractive’ or ‘pretty’. It can also connect with our emotions on a deeper level, helping us to wind down and reset. And this is one such perfume, with a fresh, green bouquet to help us stay calm – especially towards the end of the day when we might be feeling frazzled.
Guerlain – Santal Royal
If you feel like pushing the boat out and investing in a signature scent, you could do a lot worse than this dazzling oud. Oud scents are characterised by their warm and enveloping character (wallflowers might want to steer clear) and Guerlain have added some old-school French allure with seductive notes of jasmine and sandalwood.
Tom Ford – Black Orchid
A classic and for good reason, this distinctly unique concoction of spices and musks is worn by fans like an invisible badge of honour (you can spot a fellow Black Orchid lover by how their eyes light up once they catch a whiff as you walk past them!). With dazzling notes of jasmine, vetiver, patchouli and incense, it’s the perfume equivalent of an immaculately tailored suit or black lacquered stilettos.
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