Ladies first: If you like florals with a bit of a hazy, lingering finish, Republic of Women might just be for you. Enclosed in a sultry plum-toned bottle, this romantic scent contains subtle top notes of sweet osmanthus, spicy bergamot, and juicy lychee; powerful middle notes of peony, pink jasmine, and Moroccan rose; and bottom notes of precious woods and soft musks to even it out.
As for the guys, Republic of Men, my personal favorite of the duo, is definitely not of the gritty, intense variety. More soft than heady, the juice, which is packaged up in a smoky gray bottle, contains clementine, wet plum, and dewy fig leaf at the top for a bit of sweetness; sambac, rosemary, basil, sage, and crushed hazelnut in the middle for a refined edge; and sandalwood, cedarwood, and creamy skin musk at the bottom for a bit of sexiness. While I prefer the men's scent, both are at least worth a sample spritz.