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The Rise Of Unisex Scents

The Rise Of Unisex Scents

Fluidity is a part of modern culture. We conform to the world around us, but at the same time we like to defy those boundaries and be what we want to be on our own terms. We are like water, expanding and contracting based on how we experience and perceive our environment. That’s what makes unisex scents we have at Perfume Direct so great - they do not conform to traditional gender norms and allow people to be a bit more fluid in their choices. That being said, literally nothing is stopping you from using a perfume or aftershave that “wasn’t meant for you”. Your life, your rules. In the article below we will explore the link between gender fluidity and unisex scents in more detail, as well as look at some of the best unisex perfumes on the market.

What Does It Mean To Be Fluid?

The beauty of fluidity is that it can mean anything you want it to mean. Before you roll your eyes at us and silently say “but then it has no meaning”, let us give you a more detailed explanation (while still allowing enough room for everyone to have their own interpretation of the term). Being fluid means embracing the versatility and dynamism of identity. One day you may feel more like X, while on another day you may feel more like Y. That’s perfectly fine. You can choose to stick to “the rules”, or you can choose to break free of them and find a better way. This parallels the appeal of unisex fragrances: they reject conventional labels and leave themselves open to interpretation by those who choose to wear them. 

What Does Unisex Really Mean?

Unisex is often seen as the middle ground between traditionally masculine and feminine concepts. While this is true to an extent, it is important to remember that the word is, by definition, more fluid than we give it credit for. It encapsulates everything that does not conform to a binary system and is not restricted to just the middle or centre. For example, you may find unisex fragrances for every occasion, which showcases the universality and versatility of the label while at the same time challenging stereotypes and broadening our understanding of personal expression through scent.

The Unisex Fragrances We Recommend

To help you on your journey of self-discovery, we have compiled a list of unisex fragrances you can try out. Keep in mind that you are not limited to just one fragrance - you can try them all! You can even take traditionally feminine and masculine scents and layer them for a more unique scent that is even more bold and daring than any of the scents we mention here.


  • Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura combines citrus top notes with a floral heart and a woody base, offering a light, clean scent. The use of orange and petitgrain provides an initial freshness, which is followed by the softness of narcissus and jasmine. This fragrance suits those looking for a subtle, everyday scent that doesn't overwhelm.


  • Gucci Mémoire d'une Odeur features chamomile at its core, a choice that sets it apart from other fragrances on this list. This soft heart is paired with the musky and woody notes from sandalwood and cedar. The inclusion of jasmine adds a gentle floral touch, creating a well-rounded scent. It's ideal for wearers who appreciate a soft, memorable fragrance that lingers.


  • Byredo Gypsy Water is a blend of citrus and pine with a base of sandalwood and vanilla, capturing the essence of a forested landscape. Bergamot adds brightness, while amber and vanilla bring warmth and sweetness. This perfume is perfect for those who prefer a scent that balances freshness with a hint of earthy undertones.


  • Gucci Oud Intense offers a rich combination of oud wood and incense, accented by hints of pear and raspberry for a slight sweetness. The result is a deep, aromatic fragrance with layers of complexity. It appeals to individuals looking for a strong, distinctive scent that commands attention.


  • Tom Ford Tuscan Leather melds leather and suede notes with jasmine and raspberry for contrast, creating a distinctly warm and textural scent. This fragrance is immediately noticeable for its bold leather quality, balanced by a subtle sweetness. It's well-suited to those who favour a standout fragrance that's both luxurious and impactful.


  • Creed Royal Water combines mint and citrus notes with musk and juniper berry, offering a crisp and refreshing scent. The peppermint and citrus provide an energising opening, while musk adds depth. This fragrance is aimed at wearers seeking a clean, invigorating scent with a touch of elegance.


Be Yourself

Live life on your own terms. Be who you want to be and do not be afraid to show the world who you really are. You might face resistance, but it’s well worth it if you can be the person you were always meant to be. One of the ways in which you can do this is by choosing your own signature scent. While we focused on unisex scents in this article, your signature scent can be any fragrance you like. At Perfume Direct, we value authenticity and encourage exploration, offering a wide range of fragrances that cater to every individual's unique sense of self.

Take a look at our online store to find your ideal unisex scent! 

You Might Be Interested In These Commonly Asked Questions

What is the best unisex fragrance?

  • The best unisex fragrance is subjective and varies based on individual preferences, but CK One by Calvin Klein enjoys widespread popularity for its refreshing blend of citrus, green tea, and musk that appeals to all genders. It's celebrated for its versatility and distinctive scent profile that adapts to the wearer's natural aroma, making it a staple for everyday wear. This fragrance has achieved a cult status among fragrance aficionados for its ability to offer a clean, inviting scent that balances both masculine and feminine elements seamlessly.XX

Which scents are traditionally manly or masculine?

  • Traditionally masculine scents often feature bold, woody, and spicy notes such as cedar, sandalwood, vetiver, and leather. These aromas are associated with strength and ruggedness, drawing on natural elements and traditional cologne compositions. Citrus and aromatic fougère notes, incorporating herbs like lavender and rosemary, are also prevalent, adding freshness to the depth of woody scents.

Which scents are traditionally feminine?

  • Feminine scents traditionally embrace floral, sweet, and soft powdery notes, with prevalent use of rose, jasmine, lavender, and peony. These scents are designed to evoke a sense of delicacy, elegance, and warmth, often complemented by fruity notes like berry and citrus to add a vibrant, refreshing layer. Vanilla and musk are commonly used as base notes, providing a sensual and comforting finish.


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