Who defines romance as roses and lilies? Why can’t your Valentine’s Day come with a helping of the scent of cut grass, spices, woods and musk? What if you could live outside the box, look beyond the gender barriers and just reach out for a perfume that talks to your nose, or should we say, heart? Even if it says ‘for him’ on the bottle. It could be the mood of the moment; like the lingering scent of his perfume, even when he’s not around. Or it could be an innate preference for non-floral, spicier and slightly off-beat scents, as it is in the case with actor Alia Bhatt, who reportedly wears only men’s perfumes as she doesn’t really like most that are meant for women. It’s not about smelling like a man. It is about following your nose and liberating your mind from stereotypes, instead of being limited to various floral permutations and combinations. This Valentine’s Day, how about giving your SO a fragrance you would love just as much? Perfumes don’t need to be defined by gender
While androgynous silhouettes mark modern fashion aesthetics, the tradition of perfumery is steeped in gender-neutral notes. For instance, way back in 1951, Hermès launched its first shared scent (Eau d’ Hermès) resonating with leather, spices, and wood. Further deep into history, the attar makers would always go by ingredients and never by gender-defined labels. That’s why we had some nawabs wearing rose-based blends. Interestingly, fragrant compounds in a perfume or cologne react differently on each person’s skin. While skin chemistry is unique for each individual, women tend to have more acidic skin than men. So, a masculine perfume will never smell the same on a woman as it does on a man, anyway. Men love flowers too
In fact, most men’s perfumes have an underlying common flower: Lavender . This flower smells anything but typically floral, and has an aromatic, herbaceous character that blends beautifully with citrus and spicy notes. So if you find yourself gravitating towards men’s colognes, it could be simply because you like the interplay between lavender and citrusy and spicy accents–even more reason to gift one to him for Valentine’s Day. It’s only recently that lavender is being used in feminine fragrances (Mon Guerlain and CK Obsessed For Her). A move towards middle-of-road scents packing a cocktail of crisp citrus, pungent spices, marine and heady florals in neutral packaging. Aqua whiffs for the win
Women love ocean-captured-in-a-bottle scents on their men and themselves—brownie points to your man if he’s wearing one of these fresh scents this Valentine’s Day. Think Armani Acqua Di Gio for Men, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey for Men, Davidoff Cool Water, Bulgari AQVA Pour Homme and Kenzo for Men. While pink pepper often finds its way into modern feminine perfumes, look for what’s buzzing on the men’s counters for a stronger touch of spice this Valentine’s Day. Presence of spices such as nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom on a base of amber, sandalwood or vetiver lends an addictive character. Jog your memory with Old Spice Original, Ralph Lauren Polo Double Black and Burberry London for Men.
So close your eyes, and think beyond the scented box. Whichever tugs your heartstrings and makes you confident in your skin, is your ‘soul-scent’. Browse through the gallery for 10 perfumes for men to consider for your Valentine’s Day gift for him, that will smell as great on you. 1 /10 Armani Code Colonia
A chip of the old block, this variant is fresh and intense. Citrusy bergamot meets the aromatic blends of clary sage and lavender on a gourmand base of tonka bean.
Buy here Bulgari Man in Black
A heady mix of amber, leather, spices and wood, it opens with a hint of rum mingling with gentle blooms of tuberose and iris. If you want to make a statement this Valentine’s Day without being overwhelming, simply grab this one!
Buy here Davidoff Wood Blend
This invigorating balance of lemon with aromatic coriander and saffron on a rich woody base is for the confident woman who is not afraid to stand out.
Buy here Hermès Eau De Rhubarbe Écarlate
A delicious combination of red berries on a base of white musk, this gender-neutral cologne blends with the scent of your skin for a perfume that’s unique to you.
Buy here Issey Miyake L'Eau Majeure d'lssey
The original, which is an aquatic cult, gets reinvented with the addition of a striking accord of wood and salt. For those who gravitate towards minimalism, here’s your Valentine’s Day winner. Jo Malone London Velvet Rose and Oud
Featuring damask rose, agarwood, praline and clove, this gender-neutral perfume is a seductive intense option that can be shared between him and her. Nautica Voyage Sport
A classic aquatic perfume that promises a burst of freshness, brimming with traces of sea salt, coriander, green pepper, geranium, musk and vetiver.
Buy here Paco Rabanne Pure XS
As a break from traditions, this oriental one opens with fresh top notes. A dash of fresh ginger and lemon gives a feisty twist to the heady cocktail of vanilla, leather, cedar and musk. Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo
This modern woody-spicy perfume comes with a sweet aftertaste, thanks to the presence of tiramisu. If you love the scent of spice on your skin, this is your poison.
Buy here Scuderia Ferrari Forte
This oriental fragrance is a collection of fruity-citrusy notes, cinnamon, vanilla, patchouli and cedar. A power scent, often the choice of women who like to be trendsetters. In this story: Alia Bhatt, Bulgari, Burberry, Ferragamo, Ferrari, Guerlain, Issey Miyake, Kenzo, London, Nautica, Paco Rabanne, Perfume, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentine's Day Now Playing: Gigi Hadid on why she is not perfect
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10 men’s perfumes that make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts (for him and you)
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