When Worlds Collide: The Fragrances That Nail The Balance Between Masculine And Feminine
You really can have it all.
In recent years, ‘stealing’ your boyfriend’s cologne has become somewhat of a trend; suddenly rose scents are on the out and grungy, I-just-slipped-out-of-my-mans-house scents are in.
But what if you want a touch of both? Often, fragrance is a reflection of the wearer – and in 2020, women are embracing both their masculine and feminine sides.
As we delve into the colder months, a unisex fragrance is a modern vanity staple. Whether you want something sexy for date night, alluring for your everyday or powerful for your next big meeting, these fragrances double as an invisible power suit.
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The name might seem off putting (how masculine is Gabrielle, really?) but don’t be fooled – this composition by perfumer Olivier Polge is feminine yet grounded and bold. With top notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and grasse tuberose, the fragrance opens with a light citrus punch but is quickly solidified in a woody base of sandalwood and musk. The ultimate cool-girl scent.
Buy now: $175/50mL at Myer.
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Another unisex fragrance for your troubles, the Replica Coffee Break scent is aromatic and charming, to say the very least. Created by perfumer Jacques Cavallier, the fragrance has base notes of sandalwood and cedarwood and opens with notes of coffee, red apple and lemon essence. Reminiscent of a warm cup of Joe by the fire, this fragrance is bound to be your new winter signature.
Buy now: $180/100mL at Mecca.
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Evoking the bold and adventurous side of the Chloé woman, the Nomade fragrance is ideal for when you want lightness, with a side of strength. Created by perfumer Quentin Bisch, the scent opens with notes of Mirabelle plum and freesia and dries down with the grounding note of oak moss. The encore to the Chloé Signature EDP, the aim of this fragrance was to add a touch of sexiness and depth to the original feminine scent.
Buy now: $150/50mL at David Jones.
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The latest addition to the Hermés fragrance offering, this woody and oriental fragrance is perfect for when you want something deep and striking. With notes of tonka bean, incense and black tea, the unisex scent was created by Christine Nagel to celebrate the mysterious woman. Finishing with a balsamic flair, this scent is perfect for sharing with your significant other.
Buy now: $215/100mL at Hermés.
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Forget everything you’ve been told about lavender and relaxation; Tom Ford’s take on the ingredient is fresh and electric. Created by Olivier Guillotin, this fragrance not only looks amazing (metallic silver packaging, anyone?) but smells even better. Rounding out the lavender with tonka bean and bergamot, this scent is spicy and aromatic. Needless to say, this fragrance will certainly turn heads.
Buy now: $480/50mL at Myer.
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Who doesn’t want to spice up their life? With Mortel by Cire Trudon, you can do so with ease. First hitting the senses with notes of black pepper and benzoin and closing with a hit of incense, this balsamic and woody scent is perfect for when you need to be memorable. Created by Yann Vasnier for the girl who loves to layer, this is perfect for wearing solo or as a base for your more feminine fragrances.
Buy now: $299/100mL at Libertine Parfumerie.
Do you have a favourite scent that blurs the line between masculine and feminine? Leave it in the comments below!
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