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In my humble opinion, if you like a smell, you like it. End of story. You like the smell of freshly cut grass? Great. You like the smell of petrol? Fantastic. You like the smell of Thierry Mugler’s Angel? I can’t agree, but crack on. That’s why I find fragrance marketing a load of old tosh. Just because a fragrance has the word MAN emblazoned all over the packing or it features a Hollywood actor in the campaign poster that you spot on the side of the 149 bus, shouldn’t mean that you have to be a certain gender to like it.
I love brands that don’t take part in the men’s fragrance vs women’s fragrance nonsense. They create beautiful scents with no particular gender in mind. Azzi Glasser, a fragrance designer, does exactly that and agrees, “There’s an air of ambiguity in a unisex fragrance - it creates a mysterious character for the wearer which can be very alluring and attractive to others.”
And with that, I give you my favourite fragrances that are aimed at everyone, male, female, trans, unsure. Because if you think it smells good, then that’s all that should matter.
Prada’s Les Infusion de Vetiver – If this were a play, it would be Midsummer Night’s Dream. Why? Because it’s green, fresh, earthy and really quite magical. All at the same time.
Escentric Molecules’ Molecule 01 – You’ve probably heard about this scent, but perhaps haven’t smelt it before? It’s not readily available, so don’t blame yourself. The thing that’s so special about this cult classic is that it’s made up of one single note chemical called Iso E Super. When it dries down on your skin, it’s said to smell different on every person. Which is a really lovely thought no?
Tom Daxon’s Iridium – Daxon calls this the ‘fragrance equivalent of charcoal coloured cashmere’ which is funny, because you feel like a cool Skandi kid wearing a charcoal coloured cashmere Acne scarf when you douse yourself in it. Daxon also made the conscious decision that when creating fragrances, he wouldn’t have a gender in mind, “gendered fragrance seems a bit farcical; like trying to ascribe a gender to a flavour. Putting a gender to a fragrance feels restrictive.”
Byrdeo’s 1996 – Whoof! This is not for the feint-hearted. It’s a punchy fragrance that reflects it’s price – it smells expensive. This is for someone who likes to walk down the corridor at work, leaving a trail of scent behind them, alerting the office to their presence. At the top there’s a spark of juniper and pepper, after a while it dries down to reveal the smell of leather and at the base it’s a creamy mixture of patouchli, amber and vanilla.
Vilhelm’s Dear Polly – When I wear Dear Polly, I smell smoke. Not cigarettes, ew, but bonfire smoke. I’m not entirely sure why, because smoke isn’t one of the notes inside this fragrance. There’s musk, oakmoss and black amber which are deep, heavy notes but these are pepped up by the bergamot, apple and black tea. That’s the thing about fragrance, you can be told exactly what ingredients have gone into them, but let’s be honest you smell what you smell. And I smell the smell of bonfire smoke.