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 masculine notes such as amber and cedarwood, mixed with quintessentially feminine accords such as magnolia and incense? Not sure? Yeah, us neither. Creators Comme Des Garçons' unisex scent evokes a refined scent of mystery, subtle enough to be used every day yet striking enough to be noticed.
An undisputed classic, Calvin Klein's All fragrance was many people's first introduction to the world of modern unisex scent. Untamed and free-spirited, the scent opens with a wild stream of bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit flower. The intense early flourish melts into a calmer base, blending sensual accords of musk amber and vetiver.
It's an award-winning scent that complements both the tranquility of the day and the frenetic energy of the day.
We just had to include a Jo Malone London fragrance. After all, every fragrance in their iconic range is designed to be unisex, so if you're not too keen on the citrus notes of this scent, you can explore many others. Though, we're pretty confident everyone likes this bestselling scent.
A unique concoction of lime, basil and mandarin is tamed by the warm, soothing tones of sandalwood. The dreamy scent is made for those long, leisurely Sunday afternoons.
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.
Our first of two Le Labo fragrances, Santal 33 is aimed at men and women who have one thing in common - they only wear the best. This sophisticated scent is inspired by the confidence of an American cowboy or cowgirl, strolling through the beauty of the desert. Rich and sensual, the luscious scent combines leather and spicy accords for an intimate finish. One to wear on romantic evenings.
Transport yourself to the beauty, energy and warmth of Copacabana Beach with this Brazilian fragrance. The uplifting scent is inspired by 'Cheirosa' a Brazilian term for the unique world that defines you. Heavenly scents of coconut, vanilla and orchid enliven the senses, complemented by rich, nutty and woody 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. The woody scent blends with fruity accords for a unisex scent that leaves everyone wanting one more sniff.
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 energizing 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 color and charm.
The authentically Indian scent of sandalwood melts into warm accords of coconut and musk for an inviting aroma.
A playful scent to brighten up any day, Moschino's mischievous scent pitches masculine notes of sandalwood and musk with floral accords of jasmine, peony and magnolia. Housed in a cute teddy bear bottle, this is the ideal scent for the younger generation or those of you who are young at heart.
As the concept of gender evolves, the outdated representation of color 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.
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.