8 Gender-Neutral Fragrances We Can’t/ Won’t Stop Wearing
The beauty industry has been undergoing a major and much-needed makeover in the last few years. Beauty is becoming more inclusive, and that extends beyond makeup to skincare, hair care, and even fragrance. Over the centuries, specific fragrance notes have become associated with gender; think floral for women, sage or cedarwood for men, and sea and citrus notes forming a genderless middle ground. But fragrance knows no gender, and the boundaries of traditionally-labeled masculine or feminine notes are becoming more blurred.
So, whether you like to be engulfed in floral notes or spritzed with an intoxicating blend of leathers, woods, and ouds, you can take your pick. We say, wear what makes you feel good!
To help you find your pick, we’re rounding up some of our favorite gender-neutral fragrances below. These genderless fragrances balance notes beyond any binary boundaries to create fragrances that absolutely everyone will smell (and feel) divine wearing. From fresh off the beauty line Eau da Parfums to tried and true classics, these scents are truly delicious.
1. KAYALI Invite Only Amber | 23, $138
Prepare to get addicted to KAYALI’s newest fragrance, Invite Only Amber | 23. Launched in August 2021, this gender-neutral scent is unapologetically sexy, with top notes of black cherry, honey, tobacco leaf, and chocolate hazelnut. The sweet and earthy is balanced with rich middle and base notes of rose, amber, patchouli, and vanilla, along with a zip of citrus. It is THE sexiest scent we have ever smelled!
2. The Harmonist Sun Force, $336
For a gender-neutral fragrance that has a sharp and bold edge, try The Harmonist’s Sun Force. Inspired by the sun’s brilliance, this EDP marries a sense of both elegance and sensuality with notes of citrus a la Hawaiian pomelo, sandalwood, and vetiver. If we had to paint a scene for the scent, it’d be a wooded forest – complete with fresh fruit growing on trees – on summer’s warmest afternoon. It is absolutely delicious!
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3. Dossier Woody Chestnut, $29
If you haven’t met Dossier yet, we’re here to help make your acquaintance. The fragrance brand specializes in recreating famous (often explen$ive) designer scents for a price tag that’s less likely to make you clutch your pearls. Though many of the scents don’t have the robust staying power of the OG version, they’re pretty true to the scent itself, and it’s a fun way to try new scents. Dossier’s Woody Chestnut is a replication of Maison Margiela’s Replica By the Fireplace, which features notes of pink pepper, cloves, smoke, chestnut, orange blossom, and vanilla.
4. Tom Ford Velvet Orchid, $136
Like many of Tom Ford’s EDPs, Velvet Orchid has buoyed to the top of the fragrance chain to become a genuine classic. It’s a moody floral scent that marries notes of sweet honey and creamy vanilla with vibrant orchids. This soft scent smells truly divine on anyone. If you want something with more of an edge, consider Tom Ford’s Black Orchid instead.
5. Clean Reserve Warm Cotton, $98
It’s hard to get more neutral than the scent of freshly laundered cotton sheets. Clean Reserve has managed to capture that iconic, comforting scent in a bottle. The unisex fragrance opens with a crisp and airy freshness and then dries down to a familiar warm, cotton musk.
6. Le Labo Santal 33, $86
Picture this: a fiery orange, red, and purple sunset over a dusty American West landscape. There are silhouetted cowboys with their horses in the distance, and the air is warm and dry. That’s the inspiration for Le Labo’s Santal 33, which fuses spicy cardamom with notes of leather, iris, violet, musk, and ambrox.
7. Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut, $72
Jo Malone has a way with fragrances – to the point you feel like you really ought to collect them all. Oak & Hazelnut blend the bright earthiness of vetiver and emerald moss with the warmth of woody English Oak. It’s a little spicy, a little nutty, and a little warm all at once.
8. Phlur Hanami EDP, $48
Somehow, Phlur’s Hanami manages to achieve a perfect balance between soft and strong, sweet and spicy, weightless but grounded, quiet and loud. The provocative EDP opens with bright fig, which melts into a dreamy blend of white floral notes before drying down to velvet and creamy musky sandalwood. It feels like a new twist on a comforting, familiar scent.
What’s your fave fragrance? Let us know in the comments below.
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