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The It List 20 May 2021

8 Unisex Fragrances Taking the Scent World by Storm

Timeless gender-neutral fragrances that not only smell amazing, but should be shared between you and your partner.

Gone are the days where personal scents need be constricted to a binary, these delicious fragrances can and should be enjoyed by everyone.


Words By Brittany Lyons

Not a Perfume by Juliette Has a Gun

We do throw the term ‘cult-status’ around quite a bit when it comes to the beauty sector, but this perfume absolutely epitomises what it means to reach cult recognition.

Not a Perfume is described as a subtle, minimalist scent that embodies notes of freshness and woodiness.

Created mainly from a top note which usually accounts for most fragrances’ base note, Cetalox, this subdued nuanced scent seems reminiscent of a lot of different smells, in the most subtle of ways.
With earthen hues and brightness at its core, this fragrance is not only gender neutral, but pretty universally loved no matter your age or fragrance preferences.

Claiming to be so unoffensive that almost all tastes will enjoy sporting it, Not a Perfume sits in a discrete yet absolutely adored place within the fragrance world.

Also boasting a hypoallergenic formular, this fragrance is perfect for anyone who may be sensitive to heavy scent or those who don’t wear perfume often.

If we can take a gamble, we’d say you’re going to love it, no matter what.

Juliette Has A Gun Not A Perfume Eau de Parfum, $199, Sephora

Supreme Bouquet by YSL

Mr Yves Saint Laurent is world renowned for creating scents that surpass gender identities and Supreme Bouquet is absolutely no exception.

Inspired by his fascination with oriental gardens, specifically his very own in Morocco; Jadin Marjorelle, this floral bouquet is fragrant like a spring day.
While floral usually connotes rose and feminine hues, these top notes are actually brought back into a very subtle place with the addition of delicate ylang ylang.

Supported with other widely enjoyed notes of wood and amber, this fragrance is a perfect balance of earthen and bloom. With slight hints of citrus bergamot and pink pepper to top it off, it honestly smells and feels like a spring dream.

Encased in a very chic, sleek gold bottle with minimalist branding, we truly believe anyone would feel proud to have this perfume displayed on their nightstand.

Become part of Mr Laurent’s technicolour world of floral scents and douse yourself in Supreme Bouquet.

YSL Le Vestiaire Des Parfums Collection Orientale Supreme Bouquet, $243, YSL

Bal D’Afrique by Byredo

A personal favourite of my own, Byredo’s Bal D’Afrique, is the epitome of sensual unisex scent.

Inspired by Paris in the late 1920’s and the city’s fascination with African culture, food and scent, this perfume is very layered and nuanced.

Fresh citrus notes of bergamot, neroli and lemon are paired with sweet jasmine and violet to really make them jump out and come to life on your skin. Base notes of earthen black amber and musks bring everything down to a sultry level that everyone will appreciate.

This clash of aromas perfectly lives up to the inspired clash of French and African cultures. A balance very hard to achieve, and what makes this such a impressive and layered fragrance.

This small compact size of perfumed oil in a roller vessel makes for the perfect touch up wherever you are.

Simply apply a small roll onto pressure points on the go, and be transported back to the Parisienne 1920’s. How divinely romantic.

BYREDO Perfumed Oil Roll-On – Bal d’Afrique, 7.5ml, $111.26, NET-A-PORTER

Replica by The Fireplace by Maison Margiela

Known for breaking the mould in whatever they’re creating, the House of Martin Margiela are responsible for some of the most excellent and interesting unisex fragrances in the world.

The Belgian-born designer, iconic for his avant-garde creations such as the Tabi Boot, creates most of the Maison Margiela scents from inspiration of abstract moments or things.

The Replica Series especially is based upon bringing past moments to life through scent in the hopes to make specific memories wearable.

This particular portion of the Replica Series, ‘By The Fireplace’, transports it’s wearer to 1971 Charmonix, France. The mood is set by an inviting fire, as the rain pelters the walls of the cottage that surrounds you.

Described as perfectly androgynous, the scent itself is heavily doused in the notes of burning wood and fire. Boasting hues of vanilla, chestnut, and cashmeran, the woody fragrance is expertly balanced with subtlety, making it refined for anyone and everyone.

Chances are, if this Replica edition isn’t for you, one of the many others will be.

Welcome to the weird, wonderful and nostalgic world that is Margiela Fragrance.

Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace Eau De Toilette, £49, Cult Beauty

Besame Mucho by Art Meets Art

Inspired by the original song by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez in the 1940’s, this scent is just as elegant and timeless as the melody that came before it.

Besame Mucho, translating to ‘kiss me much’ from Spanish, is an absolutely intoxicating fragrance that is born from a leathery earthen base.

With hazy hues of springtime’s fresh pink pepper, the leather heavy base if brought to life. If you’re one who enjoys notes of orris, sandalwood and amber, then this fragrance may just be the one for you.

Boasting a very long-lasting scent, you can expect to enjoy Besame Mucho for quite some time, just like the lingering of a kiss to the skin.

Like a soft, passionate and exotic love song that makes you want to feel, Basame Mucho is painstakingly romantic and beautiful for any wearer. Intoxicating, modern and soft, this scent should not be constricted to any type of boundaries.

Art Meets Art Besame Mucho EDP 50ml, $159, Adore Beauty

Marrakech Intense by Aesop

Not unlike every other product within Aesop’s wheelhouse, Marrakech Eau de Parfum is exceptionally androgynous.

Taking its primary inspiration from the Moroccan City of Marrakech, the Australian-born brand have totally succeeded in bottling a fragrance that embodies the complexities of such a melting pot of metropolis.

A mix of culture, spice and Aesop sensory depth, Marrakech intense is utterly stunning. Modelled off the electricity of the old quarter and souks, the scents are reminiscent of local dishes, intense colours and the warm hospitality of the Moroccan people.

Combining spicy notes of jasmine, neroli and bergamot, the perfect balance of wood and floral is met. Warmth is something that will be felt and smelt instantly.
Thanks to the subtle undertones of cardamom and clove, a direct transportation to a captivating Marrakech meal is sure to ensue.

If you’re looking for scrumptious depth in a scent, Marrakech Intense cannot be recommended more highly.

A real piece of Aesop artwork to be worn on the daily.

Aesop Marrakech Eau de Parfum 50ml, $150, Myer

Wood-Sage Sea Salt Cologne by Jo Malone

Described as a cologne but one to be worn by all, Jo Malone London is a true artist when it comes to the unisex scent, and this one is no exception.

Inspired by an escape to the English seaside, this crisp scent is one that will breathe new life into your everyday.

A perfume and sensory experience that embodies the crashing waves of the ocean, a close-by cottage-style garden and a fire burning not too far away.

Top notes are those of ambrette seeds, sea salt and sage. Darker tones of wood and earthiness are brought in, to further explore the flora of the seaside destination.

Like a breath of fresh sea air Wood-Sage Sea Salt Cologne makes a very convincing case of sweeping the wearer away to a perfectly tranquil place. If you’re looking for an airy, lively and spirited scent, this one’s for you.

Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne 100ml, $204, Myer

Revolution EDP by Cire Trudon

Not unlike all other 7 perfumes featured here, Revolution by Cire Trudon tells a compelling story. More specifically,
a narrative of intrigue, adventure and change.

French-born Cire Trudon is the world’s oldest and most revered candle and personal fragrance house, renowned for its rich and royal narration. With over four centuries of unrivalled history, this iconic French fragrance empire is European craftsmanship and legacy at it’s finest.

Part of Trudon’s first fragrance collection which explores royalty, religion and revolution, this trilogy in scent screams grandness and dignity.

Experience the boldness of elemi, cedar and patchouli mixed with ecclesiastical incense. The deeply rich fragrance profile is layered and iconic.

If you’re looking for a unisex perfume that you’ll constantly be asked ‘what are you wearing?’ than Revolution EDP by Trudon may just be the one.

Boasting a cult following, very prestigious brand mark and exceptional scent, Revolution is one for the ages.

Frankly, a fragrance so good it will make you want to revolt.

Cire Trudon Revolution EDP 100ml, $299, Adore Beauty