Androgyny isn’t just having a moment on the fashion scene with mannish suits and tuxedo dressing for the girls and femininely influenced silhouettes and floral statements for the guys. Scents are following suit with unisex fragrances that brilliantly bridge the gender gap.
His and Hers has no place with this roundup of statement-making eaus that boast both masculine and feminine notes, literally combining the best of both fragrance worlds. There’s no shame in smelling like a hint of violet, after all. With these artfully intriguing potions, all you’ll really notice is their deep, multilayered, and seductive appeal.
Calvin Klein ‘CK2′
Building on a unisex fragrance tradition that began with CK One and CK Be, Calvin Klein revisits its androgynous history with the gender-free CK2. Set to launch in 2016, save the date for this urban, woody-fresh scent that begins with a striking combo of wasabi, mandarin, and violet leaf. Essences of wet cobblestone and concrete continue throughout, making a one-of-a-kind pairing with orris root and rose absolute. A deep base of vetiver, sandalwood, and incense complete the scent that celebrates vibrant youthfulness and the richness of connection between two people.
Prada ‘Cargo de Nuit’
Described as “an ocean voyage under the cover of night; a daring yet addictive journey,” Prada’s Cargo de Nuit is meant to evoke the scent of a twilight passage on the high seas. It’s one of ten potently distinct scents in the revered fashion house’s Olfactories collection, each a cinematic journey of its own. You’re basically wearing something of a mysterious dream with Cargo de Nuit. It is perfect for a night out with powdery top notes mixed with deeper hints of ambrette and cedar for the ultimate balance between softness and masculinity.
Le Labo ‘Thé Noir 29′
Oscillating between depth and freshness, softness and strength, Le Labo Thé Noir 29 is a carefully constructed balance of masculinity and femininity. The noble air of bergamot, fig and bay leaves synthesize with the richness of cedar wood, grassy vetiver, and earthy musk. A special extraction of cool, smoky black tea leaves wrap up the composition by bringing to the formula a dry tobacco background to transform this creation into a sensuous and serenely addictive essence.
Diptyque ‘Eau Mage’
The artistic bottle that houses this special-edition Diptyque classic foreshadows the uniquely irresistible fragrance inside. Eau Mage is an androgynous interplay of scents built around an amber-inspired ambroxan foundation. Uplifting, zesty notes of mandarin zest plus the sensuality of rose, musk and spices complete the sexy spritz.
Jo Malone ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne’
A potent powerhouse, Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne evokes a windswept shore with a burst of salty ocean air that waves into an earthy punch of woodsy sage and ambrette seeds. You may just be transported to rugged, seaside cliffs upon wearing this spirited, happy scent that is a joyful blend of masculine and feminine.
Malin + Goetz ‘Cannabis’ Perfume Oil
Although the Malin + Goetz ‘Cannabis’ Perfume Oil does not contain any material from the cannabis plant, it is inspired by its sexy, spicy, and peppery notes, making it a perfect male-female fusion. A combination of light fruitiness and intoxicating headiness, the oil features top notes of fig and pepper, middle notes of orange and lemon, and base notes of sandalwood and patchouli. The long-lasting scent, which comes in a roller ball tube, is perfect for everyday wear; just a dab will leave a fresh, herbal scent in your wake.
Ex Nihilo ‘Cologne 352′
Surprising and delicate, Ex Nihilo Cologne 352 is defined by splashes of Italian lemon that rise into an androgynous pairing of rose, orange blossom, and lily of the valley. The warmly substantive finish of white cedar wood and white musk ensures that this signature Parisian cologne stays plenty dapper. Although, it may induce a bit of wanderlust — for a stroll through the Tuileries Garden, no less.