Women Perfumes - Can Men Use Them?

For much of the modern history of perfume, it has been divided into 2 camps: female and male. Female perfumes were designed to accent floral and fruity scents, while colognes for men would explore woody and musky fragrances.

This division was also driven by commercial advertising that reinforced gender stereotypes.

In 1994, Calvin Klein broke all the boundaries by creating the first official unisex and gender-neutral perfume – CK One (for men and women). Since the appearance of CK One on the perfume scene, many more perfume brands have followed suit, including Paris – Deauville by Chanel, Lime Basil and Mandarin by Jo Malone and many others.

 We’re living in a world that is increasingly gender fluid and nonbinary, and perfume lovers have stopped caring about the labels of women’s or men’s perfumes. Consumers know what they like and wear whatever they like.

Instead of marketing perfumes as masculine or feminine, a more perfume-centric approach is catching on. Brands are now focusing more on marketing ideas of perfume categories like woodsy, floral, oriental, fresh, spicy, fruity etc.

You may be surprised to find out how many unisex perfumes are already on the market. And even if perfumes aren’t designed to be unisex, there is no reason that you shouldn’t wear what you like. Men can definitely wear scents meant for women and vice versa, it’s a whole new fragrance game nowadays!

WOMEN’S SCENTS VS. MEN’S COLOGNES

While women’s perfumes lean towards floral, sweet, and floral and men’s lean towards spicy, oriental, woody, leathery, and green - the reality is that all perfumes consist of a variety of ingredients.  Both men’s and women’s perfume blend contain many of the same ingredients.

Many women’s have a touch of spiciness or muskiness in their fragrance profile. It may not be prominent heart notes that are the most predominant in the fragrance, but there might be subtle base notes that carry through the perfume.

The same goes for men’s cologne, your current men's cologne probably contains citrusy notes like bergamot and a floral note like lavender anyway.

The spectrum of fragrance compositions is vast, and you probably have a counter full of different gender specific perfumes or colognes. But there’s nothing wrong with including unisex or (opposite sex) fragrances in the middle ground into your perfume collection when you’re in the mood for a more neutral fragrance. Unisex perfumes can charm all genders!

Also, one thing to remember is that perfumes and colognes smell differently on every person due to his or her body chemistry.  What might smell extremely floral on one person, may be much more subtle on someone else.

 Womens Perfume That Men Can Wear

 La Belle Le Parfum by Jean Paul Gaultier

This La Belle Le Parfum Intense perfume from Gaultier’s Garden is an irresistible forbidden blend of radiant seductiveness with its lovely Amber Vanilla fragrance that is balanced and warm. This perfume is ideal for both women and men. This is a new fragrance. The top notes include Pear; middle notes are Tonka Bean and Jasmine; and the base notes are Vanilla.

 Daisy Eau So Intense EDP by Marc Jacobs

Daisy Eau So Intense Eau de Parfum is a new, deeper twist on the classic Daisy perfume. Inspired by the golden glow of a sunset, the fragrance evokes the feeling of chilling out on a warm spring day. This perfume has a vibrant floral scent with top notes of Pear, Strawberry, and Bergamot with complimentary notes of Jasmine, Rose Buds, Honey, Moss, Musks, and Vanilla.

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