Lest you think we're just talking some boring perfume in a bottle or something, the Bieb's scent will be infused into faux dog tags and wristbands, and he's personally making sure that he likes the fragrance. "They actually brought me a bunch of stuff to smell today," he told WWD. "One of them smelled too young, too fruity. One was really good." No word on what the jewelry's notes will be, but if you're just dying to know how Justin's taste runs, he says, "I actually like the Britney Spears perfume on girls. It smells good."
Packaging and marketing aside, generally speaking, women's scents tend to be lighter, sweeter, and are frequently found in the floral or oriental families. Men's scents tend to be strong, rich, woody, earthy, leatherish, herbaceous, and aromatic. Of course, other factors come into play in the universe of eau de what-have-you, like personal preference and the way a scent develops on the skin.
Speaking of the way a scent develops on the skin, it does make sense then that gendered fragrances tend to mimic the natural body odor or chemistry of a man or a woman. And as far as unisex scents go, fresh, citrusy scents tend to reign supreme in that category. Of course, there are all sorts of clichés and stereotypes in regards to male and female scents, but for you, what makes a fragrance masculine or feminine?
We all know how difficult it is to find a great fragrance, and finding a unisex fragrance worth buying has become even more challenging. Come to think of it, ever since the launch of CK One in 1994, I don't think I've managed to find anything comparable. I'm not saying that Quercus by Penhaligon's is tops, but I really did like it and my guy liked it too — so guess what I'll be buying for the holidays?
I wanted to tell you about this scent because of its heady lemon and lime notes (similar to CK One). It also contains notes of mandarin, bergamot, jasmine, lily of the valley, cardamom, oakmoss, basil, sandalwood, muguet, patchouli, amber and musk. It has a warm, elegant, and confident scent that lifts your spirits without being too overpowering.
Quercus has actually been around for over ten years and has lasted because of its mass appeal. In fact, I hear that its body lotion and soap variations are popular within luxury hotel chains.
I like this everyday scent, and maybe you will too. It comes in a full range of bath and body products including a 100 ml cologne spray ($90), a 70 ml cologne spray ($50), a hand and body cream ($38), a shower gel ($30), deodorant stick ($20), a soap set ($35) a travel kit ($45) and a gift box ($80). Are you keen on checking out Quercus?
New from Frédéric Malle in collaboration with Sophia Grojsman (the nose behind scent successes such as Lancome Tresor, YSL Paris and Calvin Klein Eternity) is an exclusive scent for Barneys Co-Op. Designed for men and women alike, the fragrance is a succulent blend of capirihna, clean laundry, green apple, orange blossom, amber and cedar.
I'm curious to know whether the scent of clean laundry means we'll be seeing—er, sniffing—more of that in other fragrances. Imagine if there's a new wave of Eau de All or Eau de Tide coming soon!
Although the fragrance is not 100% organic, the packaging is made from recycled cardboard, so at least it's a step in the right direction. According to an interview with Simon Doonan of Barneys New York, Malle says that the fragrance "had to be right for Co-Op. I wanted an androgynous, super-sexy scent, like a good pair of jeans ..."
I like how that comparison resonates and it kind of makes me want to smell it now. What do you think? A bottle of Outrageous sells for $110 and is available in a 100ml size only.