It’s long been hammered into the consumer world that fragrances are formulated quite specifically for men and women, respectively. There’s a reason for that women’s counter at the department store brimming with gleaming bottles, after all, and the slightly smaller men’s counterpart.
Scents, too, have been deeply formulaic in that respect. The masculine fragrance is typically characterized by musky, woody, herbal notes, while women’s fragrances marry florals with sugars and creams to yield more complex arrangements. It’s all in keeping with the gendered norms we’re so familiar with as we shop for both personal and home fragrances.
Yet there’s been a break in that tradition as of late. The newest approach finds men and women alike branching out and exploring the so-called “other side.” In that same vein, more and more brands are concocting unisex fragrances designed to appeal to everyone. Unisex scents are expressly popular in large part because they don’t veer overwhelmingly in any single direction. You won’t find a heady rose or a sharp vetiver as main players here, but you will encounter those notes in a more balanced fashion along with other compatible additions. It’s all about harmony and precision.
Beyond being well blended, many of these scents are famous for their lightweight bases. Notes don’t fight for attention here — they merely complement each other and dry down to a pleasant, deep finish. In many cases, the scents begin one way and end in another way. The predominant notes might smell very specifically feminine before settling to a more sedate, universally appealing fragrance.
If you’re uncertain about wearing something that’s so unfamiliar to you, take a different approach by creating an imaginative home fragrance blend that livens up your family room, bedroom, or living room. Think outside the box. Your personalized Dimensions diffuser might contain bright greens, juicy berries, and soft roses, all in balance, or it may marry vanilla with woods and watery notes to create something entirely unexpected.
In many instances, you might discover that the unisex fragrance you favor has a hint of a masculine tinge at first sniff. The reasoning is largely simple — women are generally more inclined to break out of their comfort zones and spray on, say, their husband’s cologne as an experiment. Men may not be quite so likely to wear their wives’ perfumes just because the mood strikes. Wearing a gender-blind scent gives us all the comfort to wear something that is more universally appealing. Many brands are embracing this concept with open arms, creating natural or organic perfumes whose focus is not so much on who they are for, but what they contain and how those healthy ingredients benefit the wearer and make them feel.
Finally, think about how those preconceived notions were actually established. Ultimately, the scent isn’t about men and women, but personality. It’s important to focus on the scents that make your spirit soar and bring a smile to your face. The beauty of unisex fragrances is that they don’t focus specifically on your gender, but on the nuances and traits that make you so uniquely you.