When it comes to fragrances most of us, l were taught to think in delineated terms. There are scents for men and there are scents for women and that’s all there is to it. In other words, gender is the line in the sand that fragrance buyers dare not cross. However, some fragrance makers have made great strides in erasing that line by developing and introducing to the market fragrances that are gender neutral. And while every fragrance buyer may not yet accept this idea, many have. This growing acceptance of gender neutral fragrances is why some are calling 2016 the year of unisex fragrances. Here are a few of the most popular fragrances in that bold, new area.
CK2 by Calvin Klein: As early as 1994 fragrance giant Calvin Klein had a hit in the unisex fragrance category with CK One. Repeating the success of that gender neutral fragrance is CK 2. CK2 top notes are mandarin and violet. Below that are notes of vetiver, incense, and sandalwood. All this results in a fragrance that is sweet but not cloyingly so
Tom Ford Black Orchid: This fragrance, although heavily marketed to women, is also being worn by men. It is comprised of French jasmine, black truffle, ylang-ylang, black currant and effervescent citrus all producing an alluring aroma that is luxurious and sensuous.
Valentino Uomo: “Uomo” in Italian literally means “man.” However, don’t be fooled by its moniker. It’s understated, leathery aroma appeals to men and women. It contains notes of bergamot, coffee and hazelnut.
Unbreakable by Khloé and Lamar: This fragrance was introduced back in 2011 by Khloé Kardashian and quickly took it place among the unisex scents released that year. Its top notes include green apple, apricot, bergamot, saffron. Its other notes are Lily, geranium, jasmine, and red berries.
Yves Saint Laurent Tuxedo: This scent is one of several fragrances inspired by Yves Saint Laurent clothing. The key to this fragrance is that while it has bold masculine notes such as black pepper and smoked patchouli it also has a feminine edge with notes such as bergamot and lily of the valley.
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme: Although this entry appears to have a seemingly masculine aroma with notes of cedar wood and patchouli, it is softened with feminine notes of Amalfi lemon and lavender. The result is a complicated, citrusy aroma.
Finally, if you are a hold out to the notion that gender lines should not be crossed when it comes to fragrances then hopefully one or some combination of these fragrances will help change your mind. Many have come around to the idea that gender neutral fragrances are appealing and are on par with many gender specific labels.