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8 Unisex Fragrances You Need on Your Vanity

Even perfume skeptics will love these.

By: Hannah Baxter

Fragrance is one of the most personal and divisive products in the beauty world, and for good reason. Scent memories run deep. Just think about what reminds you of your mother while you were growing up, or your father as he was getting ready for work. Whether you preferred the fragrances from the men or women in your life, both can be equally enticing, which is why we’re so drawn to gender-neutral scents these days. Besides, there’s no hard-and-fast rule that says boys can’t wear luscious floral notes or a girl can’t embrace a smoky or a whiskey-soaked eau de parfum. We've uncovered eight great unisex scents of the season, so you can start off the new year with a new signature blend. Check them out below.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Musk Eau de Toilette Spray, $44

A staple of any beauty editor’s collection, this scent is beloved by men and women alike for its warm floral base of neroli and ylang ylang. Just try to make it through the day without someone demanding to know what you’re wearing.

Malin + Goetz Bergamot Eau de Parfum, $95

Not all gender-neutral fragrances need to lean dark and woody—just take a whiff of this bright citrusy option. It combines earthy and bitter notes with the popular bergamot for a well-rounded scent that grows more enticing throughout the day.

Bleu de Chanel Parfum Spray, $125

Although marketed towards men, we think this seductive scent (which won Fragrance of the Year - Men’s Luxury at the 2019 Fragrance Foundation awards) wears beautifully on any and everyone. The crisp cedar and lush sandalwood notes envelop the wearer in the best way.

Ormaie Toi Toi Toi, $212

This family-run natural fragrance brand not only has some of the most beautiful packaging in the game, but also crafts delicious scents for both men and women. The vaguely spicy Toi Toi Toi (a German expression dancers use to wish each other good luck) marries incense, vanilla, and vetiver for a truly hypnotic scent.

Stories No. 2 Eau de Parfum, $158

The classic rose note shouldn’t be exclusive to women’s scents, and this eau de parfum is a fantastic example of how versatile it can be. Blended with cardamom, ginger, and patchouli, it’s equal parts woody, musky, and vibrant. You’ll never want to wash it off.

Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club Eau de Toilette, $126

This editor already wore Jazz Club on the regular, but when my boyfriend smelled it on me soon after we started living together, he occasionally stole a spritz or two from my vanity stash. It’s sexy, smoky, and just a tad sweet, aka the ideal scent for a night out on the town.

Thom Browne 09.27.65.01, $200

The American designer made his first foray into the fragrance world last September, launching six unisex fragrances united by one universal note—vetiver. The bright and unexpected mix of cucumber, green squash, and cedarwood has us hooked (and desperately wishing it was summer already).

D.S. & Durga Burning Barbershop, $260

You know that yummy smell of a luxe shaving cream? This fragrance captures that and elevates it with notes of burnt lavender, vanilla, spearmint, and lime. It’s equally complex and familiar, and sure to entice whoever is lucky enough to stand close enough to you to breathe it in.

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