For far too long, the world of fragrances was distinctly divided by “masculine” and “feminine” identities. Fragrances labeled “masculine,” tended to feature musky, spicy or woody notes, while those described as “feminine” were floral and fruity, encased in eccentric, ornate bottles.
But in today’s landscape, where gender lines continue to blur, just like bag trends, high heels, and skirts in the fashion world, fragrance brands are quickly dropping these passé gender stereotypes. Now, more and more fragrance houses are offering unisex fragrances featuring notes that aren’t defined by masculinity or femininity, to the point that even luxury houses such as Louis Vuitton are jumping on the unisex fragrance bandwagon.
Just a few weeks ago, the French fashion house unveiled its first-ever unisex fragrance collection (which we reviewed here), featuring three scents created by French perfumer Jacques Cavalier Belletrud — “Sun Song,” “Cactus Garden,” and “Afternoon Swim.”
Scroll on to peep all our favorite unisex fragrances
Launched this year, Henry Rose is the brand of actress Michelle Pfeiffer. Describing its unisex fragrances as “100% transparent,” Henry Rose’s first release features FOG, a light perfume featuring vetiver wood and soft musk notes — a light, fresh option for men and women alike.
Diptyque’s Fleur de Peau is a tribute to the love between two Greek mythical figures, Psyche and Heros. The unisex fragrance features soft musk notes, as well as highlights of iris and ambrette seed.
As its name may suggest, COMME des GARCONS’ new perfume comes with overwhelmingly woody scents, though without being too masculine. The earthy fragrance also features notes of cedarwood and sandalwood that’ll linger on your skin all day long.
Founded in 2015, 27 87 Perfumes is a brand based out of Barcelona, Spain. Its new fragrance #hashtag is the perfect blend of woody and fresh aromas, with notes of aldehydes, violet, and iris, as well as frankincense, cedarwood, and musk.
This unisex fragrance is part of a collaborative project between Ben Gorham and Virgil Abloh, which also included denim jeans, T-shirts, and bags. Inspired by elevator music, the perfume features top notes of bamboo and violet, as well as ambrette, jasmine, and burned wood aromas.
Are you obsessed with the smell of leather? Well, now you can smell like it. Luxury fragrance label Memo Paris has recently unveiled an Italian leather-inspired perfume, which features oil of green tomato leaf among its notes, as well as vanilla, and, you guessed it, leather.
This unisex fragrance comes as part of a collab between COMME des GARÇONS and lifestyle magazine Monocle, and was inspired by the tubs at the Tawaraya, Kyoto’s most exclusive ryokan.
Inspired by India and Haiti’s vegetation, Miller Harris’ new unisex perfume is both fresh and smoky at the same time. Named Vetiver Insolent, the fragrance comes with notes of vetiver and smoky resin, as well as black pepper, bergamot, and cardamom.
Part of Louis Vuitton’s recent unisex fragrance collection, Afternoon Swim was created by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier. Featuring aromas of Sicilian orange, bergamot, and mandarin, the citrusy fragrance is the perfect perfume for summer.
For the past few years, Le Labo has spent time researching and perfecting its latest fragrance offering, Tonka 25. The newly-perfected fragrance arrives with base notes of orange flower, cedar atlas, and musk for a warm, sweet aroma. The 50ml makes for the perfect perfume for vacation carry-on toiletries, too.
Maison Margiela’s recent fashion output has been some of the most gender-neutral of its kind to date, so it’s not that surprising that its latest fragrance is too. Under the Lemon Trees comes with fresh aromas of cypress and lemon trees, as well as a bottle inspired by traditional apothecary jars.
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