12 Gender-Neutral Fragrances For the People Who Don't Love Overly Sweet Scents
In 2021 (well, it's nearly 2022), we're way past labeling beauty products according to gender, especially when it comes to fragrances. For as long as we can remember, perfumes that were sweet and fruity were marketed only to women, while colognes that were more prominent and musky were for men.
Luckily, the fragrance industry has become more inclusive in recent years. From gender-inclusive companies launching, to established brands offering collections dedicated for men, women, and everyone in between, there are a ton of options to choose from.
Ahead, keep reading to discover 12 gender-neutral fragrances everyone can enjoy.
1. Oribe Desertland Eau de Parfum
Escape to a magical desert at dawn with each spritz of this eau de parfum. It's subtly sweet thanks to the juniper berry and lavender, but the notes of pine and Texas cedarwood cut through to offer a woodsy and refreshing scent that's captivating. One five-star reviewer writes, "It definitely works so well for anyone and is so fresh!"
To shop: $125; neimanmarcus.com
2. Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
Santal 33 is Le Labo's signature and best-selling scent for a reason. It combines notes of cardamom, iris, violet, sandalwood, and cedarwood to create a cozy, spicy, and leathery scent that's universally flattering.
To shop: $196; nordstrom.com
3. Byredo Black Saffron Eau de Parfum
The inclusion of saffron in this scent pays tribute to the brand founder's experiences in India. It's a popular spice that offers an earthy and leathery scent when added to fragrances. Combine that with the juniper berries, pomelo, raspberry, and vetiver notes, and you have an irresistible aroma.
To shop: $270; nordstrom.com
4. House of Bo Agua De Santos
House of Bo is a fragrance brand dedicated to breaking barriers in the fragrance industry. All their scents are gender-neutral and unisex, but Agua de Santos is one of their most popular. It's a light, refreshing, and citrusy perfume that's completely energizing.
The formula has top notes of vert de mandarine, lavender, and pomelo. However, the bottom notes of cedarwood and angelica musk offer the perfect earthy balance to these lighter and sweeter scents. With one spritz, you'll feel like you're in a tropical rainforest surrounded by lush greenery.
To shop: $290; houseofbo.com
5. Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum Intense
Libre has struck the perfect balance between femininity and masculinity with this warm and sensual scent and tuxedo-inspired bottle. The formula infuses notes of lavender essence, orange blossom, orchid accord, and warm vanilla to create a sexy fragrance everyone will love.
To shop: $132; sephora.com
6. Parfums de Marly Carlisle Eau de Parfum
This fragrance offers an explosion of scents in the best way. You'll find a mix of green apple, nutmeg, saffron, patchouli, vanilla, tonka bean, osmanthus, and more in this rich and warm eau de parfum. It's a great gift to yourself or the fragrances connoisseurs in your life.
To shop: $370; nordstrom.com
7. Boy Smells Flor de La Virgen Genderful Fine Fragrance
Boy Smells is another fragrance brand all about breaking gender norms. Flor De La Virgen is one of their best-selling scents, because it combines jasmine petals and musky notes for a floral aroma that isn't overwhelming or too sweet.
To shop: $98; nordstrom.com
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8. Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne
Consider this your new go-to fall scent that proves less is more. The fragrance consists of only three notes — green hazelnut, cedarwood, and roasted oak. The results are woodsy, nutty, and delightfully cozy.
To shop: $144; sephora.com
9. Aesop Tacit Eau de Parfum
Aesop is that Instagram-friendly brand known for its sleek packaging and wide range of beauty offerings, including fragrance. Tacit is a scent for those who love bright citrus smells with a soft hint of spice thanks to the yuzu, basil grand vert, and clove notes.
To shop: $125; nordstrom.com
10. Maison Margiela REPLICA Lazy Sunday Morning Eau de Toilette
There are few feelings better than jumping into a bed of freshly cleaned sheets. Now, you can capture that same scent over and over again with Lazy Sunday Morning. It's a comforting and clean scent with notes of rose petals and white musk.
To shop: $135; sephora.com
11. Diptyque Orphéon Eau de Parfum
One of the newest additions to Diptyque's delicious lineup of fragrances is Orphéon — a woodsy and fresh scent with a hint of florals. The formula is made of warm tonka bean, deep cedar, rich jasmine, and juniper berries.
To shop: $188; saksfifthavenue.com
12. Krigler Subtle Orchid 10 Perfume
A splurge-worthy pick worth every penny is Krigler Subtle Orchard 10 perfume. It's a luxury fragrance inspired by a night out in Paris. Everyone will love the indulgent and sensual scent made from sweet florals and woodsy notes.
To shop: $435; krigler.com