Men’s Fragrances That Smell Absolutely Amazing on Women
There’s a reason unisex fragrances are all over these days. It’s because men’s fragrances smell amazing. Even on women. There’s also a greater sense of openness when it comes to female/male stereotypes. In this age of Instagram, there seems to be a growing desire to set oneself apart.
While the best-sellers are still tried-and-true classics like Chanel N°5, gender neutral and men’s scents are clearly gaining strength. Women opting to wear men’s fragrances is also a welcome rebellion against the banal, fruity and overtly sweet options designed for women. Most of the options in the men’s category are stronger (so you’ll save money as they require less spritzing), spicier and woodier. Which usually translates into sexier scents with more personality.
Here’s a look at the best men’s fragrances that are just as amazing for women as they are for men.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Forever Pour Homme Eau de Parfum, $110 at Sephora
This scent is really refreshing. That’s because it boasts key notes of grapefruit and Italian bergamot. Throw in earthy vetiver and patchouli and you’ve got one extraordinary woody citrus fragrance that really lingers.
Burberry Hero Eau de Toilette for Men, $99 at Bloomingdale’s
Burberry’s scent will keep you warm on the chilliest of days. It’s all thanks to its beautiful combination of sparkling bergamot, juniper and black pepper. There’s even a trio of warm cedarwood oils from Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, the Atlas Mountains in Africa and the Himalayas in Asia.
Prada Luna Rossa Ocean, $95 at Prada
If you like your colognes complex, Prada’s got you covered. This new scent relies on a mix of bergamot, pink pepper and artemisia with iris notes, lavender and saffron accord. Rounded out by base notes of vetiver, musks and patchouli, you won’t be able to stop sniffing your wrists.
Louis Vuitton Cactus Garden, $265 at Louis Vuitton
Want to take a little summer with you as you head into fall? Then pick up this cool fragrance. Mate is joined by Calabrian bergamot and lemongrass. Dab on and be transported to a tropical forest even in the middle of winter.
Calvin Klein Defy Eau de Toilette Spray, $88 at Macy’s
Calvin Klein’s latest scent has multiple personalities. Which is a good thing when it comes to fragrance. Bergamot oil, mandarin oil and cedarleaf oil mingle with lavender absolute, sage clary oil and violet leaf. While vetiver oil, amber and musk supply a strong, yet not overpowering, base.
Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club, $135 at Sephora
This sexy, masculine scent is rich and cocktail-inspired as evidenced by the bottle design. A great option for someone looking for a scent with punch.
Dior Sauvage, $82 at Sephora
If you really want something punchy and bold, check out Sauvage. Spicy and woodsy, it also boasts bergamot, making it a viable year-round option.
Tom Ford Sole di Positano, $210 at Selfridges
Tom Ford has a long history of being inspired by Italy's Amalfi Coast and the Italian Riviera. Unlike traditional fruity women's scents, this one has fresh green notes melded into the citrus.
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, $80 at Ulta Beauty
Gucci’s seductive scent is a great first men’s fragrance for any woman to try. It combines orange blossom with notes of French lavender and patchouli. There’s also lemon and cedarwood for a well-rounded aroma.
The Harmonist Magnetic Wood, $235 at The Harmonist
Looking for a zen scent? The Harmonist was inspired by the five pillars of feng shui: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The brand doesn't invest in big marketing campaigns, but instead puts its money into sourcing top-notch ingredients, which is why all of its scents have a very clean and luxe feel.