Gender division of fragrances into "male" and "female" - an invention of marketers of the XX century. We have already discussed how it happened, why “the rose has no gender,” and the freshness and sweetness suit everyone. Now let's move from theory to practice and rethink the five famous “feminine” and five “masculine” fragrances that look great on anyone.
Dior Homme Cologne
The Dior brand loves to confuse its consumer, endlessly renaming fragrances (for example, Miss Dior Chérie, which turned into Miss Dior, and Miss Dior became Miss Dior Original, and so on). Two fragrances were released under the name Dior Homme Cologne; we are talking about the one that came out in 2013 in a white bottle. This icy citrus lemonade is one of the most versatile "colonies", harmonious in its simplicity and even remotely devoid of a hint of gender. An ideal summer smell: no excessive harshness, continuous vacation bliss and vigor of the morning, the main task during which is to drink strong coffee and not burn in the sun.
Chanel N ° 5
The most famous fragrance in the world, Coco Chanel called "the scent of women and for women", but between 1921, when Chanel N ° 5 went on sale, and our 2016, several gender revolutions fit. And today Brad Pitt (“the most famous and sexiest man in the world”, according to the creative director of Chanel Karl Lagerfeld) advertises aldehyde white-flowered classics, and men wear the greatest fragrance on themselves - albeit less often than women, but with equal pleasure. It seems, Mademoiselle, if she lived to this day, it would have liked it.
Kenzo pour homme
The spicy woody Kenzo Pour Homme has remained my favorite masculine scent since the last millennium. I don't really like to allow personal sentimentality into texts written not for a blog, but I can't resist here: this scent was used by my first boy, a sad curly haired brunette. He was always dressed in black and scented with Kenzo Pour Homme, and my knees were equally sagging from him and from his scent. We parted with the boy dramatically, and with Kenzo Pour Homme we still love each other: I have already worn out several bottles and put many loved ones on him. The fragrance's formula was changed after IFRA banned the use of natural oakmoss, but the heart and character of Kenzo Pour Homme remained the same.
The huge tattooed Swede Ben Gorham, the creator of Byredo, doesn't seem prone to sentimentality, and Blanche is probably its most gentle and quiet scent. It is dedicated to Gorham's girlfriend Natasha and, as Ben himself says, is based on his perception of white and classical beauty. It contains flowers and aldehydes, but it smells like Blanche, as it should be in accordance with the name, purity and beauty - freshly washed linen, human skin after a shower and a warm sleepy morning. On a man, this subtle scent will not lose a drop of its purity and transparency - as if the person did not apply perfume, but himself so ideal.
Sisley Eau d'Ikar
The French brand Sisley specializes in expensive and natural skin care - they don't have a lot of perfumes, but they are all very worthy and interesting. Eau d'Ikar, designed to retell the myth of Icarus through the scent, is the only Sisley fragrance declared as masculine, but it suits women just as well. The brand describes the fragrance as the scent of a dream of flying, and perfume critics add that Eau d'Ikar shows the path of this dream - from grand design to disappointing falling into dust. The fragrance starts with citrus notes, continues with flowers and powders at the end, and the main ingredient - mastic wood - unfolds differently at all stages.
Thierry mugler angel
The great Thierry Mugler Angel is often considered “just” a sweet scent, but it is much more complex than it sounds. The unusual bitter notes add ambiguity to Angel, despite the fact that his audience is considered to be gorgeous blondes, led by Naomi Watts.And yes, indeed, the main gourmand scent of our time, a legend that went down in the history of perfumery, in case of an overdose, threatens to envelop you from head to toe in Starbucks aromas. Men are also welcome to be careful, albeit to a lesser extent - amber and patchouli in combination with the classic masculine look make the fragrance even deeper and more interesting than when it is worn by the "girl Angel".
Dedicated to the diversity of nature, Terre d'Hermès, "the scent of the harmony of earth, water and air", was made by the long-term perfumer of the Hermès house Jean-Claude Ellena, one of the main "noses" of our time. Ellen's fragrances are often described as airy, watercolors, and the delicate complex Terre d'Hermès is one of his best known works. Ellena believes that the inspiration for Terre d'Hermès is the French writer Jean Gionot (“He is a man who loves all the riches of nature”). The original grapefruit freshness of the scent is replaced by earthy patchouli and bitterness - the owner of Terre d'Hermès descends from the sky to the ground. A perfect unisex for those who are just starting to discover niche fragrances.
Cacharel Anaїs Anaїs
The soft and languid Anaїs Anaїs was released in 1978 and, according to a never-confirmed version, was dedicated to the writer Anais Nin, who became famous for her semi-pornographic diary. The fragrance came out with the slogan "Let the world wash with tenderness", included dozens of floral notes and became the main scent of schoolgirls, because it was intended for a young audience - in contrast to most of the fragrances of that time, "adult" and sexy. Interestingly, now, against the backdrop of a billion fruity vodka, Anaїs Anaїs with its warm musky-leather base is perceived as languid, almost provocative and, of course, non-gender.
The M7 fragrance was released in 2002, when Tom Ford, a lover of shocking and muscular naked bodies, was the creative director of YSL. An NSFW advertisement for the fragrance, invented by Ford himself, has been banned in some countries, but you cannot find a more eloquent image for the hypersexual woody M7: oud, musk and amber combine to give some kind of mind-blowing pheromone effect. A few years later, the M7 was discontinued, but in 2011 it was reissued as a slightly revised version as part of the YSl La Collection - it includes eight important, but discontinued, fragrances of the brand, four for men and four for women, pairing with each other. By the way, Nu is considered paired with M7 - the smell of almost the same animal sexuality and strength, but a little softer and smoother.
Tom ford black orchid
A lover of shocking and emphasized sexuality, Tom Ford made his most famous fragrance for women, but very soon men began to look for it on “their” shelves in cosmetic stores - so versatile was the “Black Orchid”. As usual with Ford, the scent is swishy, loud and erotic - Fragrantica users write about the "physiological sexual sensations" of the scent. Oriental, sweet and viscous, completely shameless smell - why should we be ashamed, on the other hand?
Photos: Iledebeaute, PerfumesAmerica, AromaModa, Ozon, Decantshop, Perfume for me, Shopluxo, RIVE Gauche, John Lewis, Chanel