- Gender Neutral Perfumes
While fragrances were once clearly split between ‘his’ and ‘hers’, a new generation of perfumers have decided to break free of such ‘pink’ and ‘blue’ pigeonholes. Just as it seems ridiculous today that wristwatches were once for women only, so too the age-old stereotypes about certain aromas are fast on their way to obsolescence.
With that in mind, then, we've gathered together twenty of the best gender-neutral fragrances available today.
Just how do you define a fragrance that's made up of smoke, vetiver, a gunpowder accord, coriander seeds, musk, hazelnut, palm leaves and green pepper? Not sure? Yeah, us neither. Creators Comme Des Garçons describe it as an 'astounding blast of green energy', though, and we'd be hard-pressed to disagree.
An undisputed classic, Calvin Klein's One fragrance was many people's first introduction to the world of modern unisex scent. Bright top notes of bergamot, mandarin, lemon and papaya give way to a heart that celebrates nutmeg and floral tones, before falling away into a base of musk and amber.
Long-established in the world of luxury goods, Hermès' idiosyncratic take on fragrance bears all their hallmarks of craft and exactitude. That's embodied here by a cloud of white musk delicately encircling the matte freshness of gentian.
A more orthodox approach might see these ingredients turning up in a steaming hot mug, but 100BON's typically inventive approach brings new facets out of both tea and ginger. Key to this is the interplay between grapefruit, bergamot and vanilla, which ensure that the dominant olfactory duo are given fresh impetus and character.
Few other scents are quite so transporting as this, which evokes nothing so much as a journey across eastern sands. This impression arises from an exquisite fusion of incense, cinnamon and natural oud.
Somewhere between a fragrance and a body lotion, Clarin's Dynamisante has outlasted numerous different trends to remain one of the nation's most iconic scents. Lemon, patchouli, ginseng, white tea and petit grain are combined with all the toning, moisturising and firming goodness of a lotion.
A genuine New York institution, Kiehl's have delighted the Big Apple's skin care-conscious for generations. Such a reputation runs the risk of obscuring their aromatic brilliance, however, which is on full display in this musk-based composition. An update on the brand's 1963 classic, it pays rich homage to one of perfumery's most vital aromas.
We tend to imagine the future as something gradually revealed, not something that can be distilled and spritzed across your skin. With Escentric Molecules unique eau de toilette spray, however, the future muscles into your signature style. That's because the cedar-evoking scent blends with your natural pheromones to create an aroma that's both unisex and entirely unique to you.
Basil Grand Vert might not be a hugely well-known scent, but a few sprays of this Aesop creation will address that soon enough. By liberally infusing their composition with the note, together with bright accents of citrus, the perfumers behind the fragrance create a blend that transcends gender.
Although a brand deeply steeped in tradition, Acqua di Parma have always shown themselves ready to innovate away from their century-old, much-cherished Colonia scent. Fico di Amalfi is a case in point, summoning images and impressions lifted from the wonderfully picturesque Amalfi coast.
Discover this sublime scent from luxury perfumery brand, Le Labo. They’re committed to creating long-lasting fragrances that take pride of place in your bathroom cabinet. This gender-neutral offering graces the skin with an intoxicating blend of juniper berry, patchouli and green leaves.
Transport your mind, body and soul to sunnier climates with this zesty option from Tom Ford. The irresistible unisex parfum has a crisp, cool scent that awakens the senses and is refreshing alternative to heavier fragrances.
This luxurious scent from Gucci transcends time, offering an olfactive treat that knows no bounds. With heart notes of musk and jasmine, get your hands of this gender-neutral fragrance and jump into a pool of cherished memories.
This dynamic fragrance wasn't intended for either sex, however, one aspect is undeniably clear: it's made to be worn at night. Frenetic, evening tones of black amber mingle with invigorating citrus accords for a striking scent. If you need a fragrance to stay strong well into the early hours of the morning, this is the one.
We know, we know, there's already a Tom Ford fragrance in this, but can you blame us? Tom Ford are the epitome of luxury fragrances, and the stylish black bottle of Black Orchid is a symbol of modern-day masculinity and femininity. Spicy notes mingle with deep, warm accords for a striking scent that captures the attention of anyone lucky enough to smell it.
Inspired by the romance, charm and style of the 'city of love' Yves Saint Laurent's light and airy fragrance is tailored to those intimate evenings. The sparkling elixir blends floral notes with powerful musky tones for a striking scent. Housed in a pink bottle with a black bow, the warm aromas and chic design make it a standout choice for those love-filled nights.
This one's for the travelers who dream of exploring every corner of the globe. Fresh and spirited, it opens with energising waves of orange blossom, gently blending with the sharp scent of the bitter orange tree.
Though it can be worn for any occasion, the exuberance of the fragrance is better suited to the great outdoors, better yet, for days teeming with adventure.
D.S & Durga pride themselves on creating unique scents, and this is the most original fragrance in their collection. Inspired by the romance of Bombay, when the Bollywood scene was booming and locals gathered around radios in the gentle energy of the evening heat, it's a throwback to traditional colour and charm.
The authentically Indian scent of sandalwood melts into warm accords of coconut and musk for an inviting aroma.
Following on from the traditionally Indian scent of Radio Bombay, Sandalwood Temple is centred around the soothing scent of sandalwood. The strong woody stream is symbolic of monks burning it in holy temples as a way of cleansing the spirit and soul. Charming and oriental, it perfectly accompanies a spiritual lifestyle.
As the concept of gender evolves, the outdated representation of colour becomes meaningless. This striking blue bottle would have been synonymous with a male fragrance, yet this alluring elixir perfectly contrasts quintessential masculine and feminine aromas.
Distinct notes of bergamot and spices blend into a sensual heart of caramel, labdanum and amber for a captivating finish. A woody aftertaste of patchouli and oakmoss leaves a pleasant layer to breathe in.
We hate to be so morbid, but this fragrance embodies the end of time. We know, it's a bit of an existential vibe you didn't expect, but this unique fragrance certainly captures your attention.
Rugged, earthy tones combine with outdoorsy aromas of wild fig and carrot for a scent that emulates the smell of the refuges and shelters that become our final retreat. It's not for everyone, we know, but this thought-provoking scent prompts a powerful feeling you don't get with other fragrances. We recommend it for anyone who tends to think a little bit deeper than the rest.
Take a leap
The temptation is always there to stick to the straight and narrow, to the aftershaves or eau de parfums that successive generations have attached to your gender. But by opting for a unisex fragrance that pushes the envelope a little, one that's been created by one of the world's leading fragrance brands, we can refine our signature style with a dash something that's both a little hard to define and entirely more likely to leave a lasting impression.
Not sure how to choose? Find out with our guide: How To Choose Perfume That Suits You.
Written by Alex Bryson
Alex has over six years of experience as a writer. He demonstrates exceptional grooming knowledge and has a natural skill for following current trends.
Written by Luke Chapman
After six years of experience in content writing, Luke followed his passion for male grooming, particularly fragrances, hair styling and natural skin care.