June 4, 2013

Manifesto For Unisex Perfumes

unisex perfumes

I’ve always had a special fascination towards men’s perfumes. Even if my true love will forever stick to floral fragrances, I’ve more than once gave way to my curiosity and tried on a few drops of my boyfriend’s perfume. The result – absolutely delicious. The woody essence blended perfectly into the natural sweetness of my skin, transforming into something infinitely sensual. Instead of continuing to steal my boyfriend’s perfume, though, I’m very eager to try the better alternative, which also happens to be, in my opinion, extremely romantic – I’m talking about unisex fragrances.

Lots of voices of the uninformed adamantly insist that masculine perfumes have no way of smelling good on women, and, just as well, essences imagined with a female figure in mind, won’t ever be fit for a guy to wear.

Fragrance experts however disagree. Not only is dividing perfumes into men and women’s variants, a marketing tool, but also, the art of perfumery happens to be extremely subjective.

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Jean-Claude Ellena, perfumer for the house of Hermès, which is known for creating unisex fragrances that have stood the test of time, remaining popular years and years after their release on the market, says: “Perfume, because it’s an art, is there to express itself freely on the skin. It seems quite normal to me that men and women are able to share a fragrance. I don’t think to a man or a woman in particular when I create a perfume, I only think about the smell of the perfume. Smell is what’s more important. Then the public will choose. ”

If you have yet to try a unisex perfume until now, don’t be afraid to do it – you most definitely won’t end up smelling like a guy. Each perfume, as you well know, has the fascinating ability of blending with the natural aroma of the skin on which it’s applied, giving birth to an unique essence. Thus, the female skin is perfectly capable of sweetening a woody fragrance, for instance, just as a man’s skin can easily make a fragrance featuring subtle feminine notes, feel masculine.

Dare to try something new: choose a super fresh aroma, such as Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo or Calvin Klein One Summer, both perfectly matching the scent of sea breeze, or go for a powerful essence, like Giorgio Armani’s Ambre Orient or Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Vetiver, both ideal for wearing to a summer night party in the outdoors. Don’t forget: no matter which fragrance you choose, don’t forget to be romantic and share it with your guy. He’s sure to appreciate your initiative!

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mandorlo di Sicilia Eau de Toilette Spray


Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule (EDP, 50ml)


Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Vetiver (EDP, 50ml)


Giorgio Armani Ambre Orient ( EDP, 100ml)


Diptyque Eau Duelle Eau de Toilette


Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette


TOM FORD White Patchouli Eau de Parfum


Voyage d'Hermès - Pure perfume refillable natural spray


Voyage d’Hermès – EDP 100 ml – 114
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