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    Default What makes a perfume male or female?

    Need to get a gift for some friends (both males and females) and happened to be browsing Amazon looking for ideas.

    What confuses me is that:

    https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-...eauty/11056931

    The best seller section for women actually contain many frgrances for men? Not sure if their algorithm messed it up.

    Can someone help me with the following:
    1) What is the definitive way of identifying whether a scent is male, female or unisex?
    2) If I see a term like "Inis the Energy of the Sea Cologne Spray, 3.3 Fluid Ounce", how will I go about figuring out whether it is male, femlae or unisex?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Marketing. “Traditional” ideas of masculinity and femininity in fragrance (and most other things) are highly dependent on the tradition in question: the culture, the era, etc. Each person can decide for themselves, but if you’re buying a gift and don’t want to puzzle or insult anyone, go to the company’s website to see what they call it. (Or check the BN directory.)

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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    PStoller has it dead on. Love the answer.

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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    Marketing. “Traditional” ideas of masculinity and femininity in fragrance (and most other things) are highly dependent on the tradition in question: the culture, the era, etc. Each person can decide for themselves, but if you’re buying a gift and don’t want to puzzle or insult anyone, go to the company’s website to see what they call it. (Or check the BN directory.)
    Thanks. This makes alot of sense!

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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    . Each person can decide for themselves,
    As they should. Every individual is different.
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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Inis

    A sparkling, clean unisex fragrance
    Inis instantly refreshes and makes you feel close to the sea, no matter where you are
    Energizing top notes of lemon and marine, refreshing lily of the valley, and base notes of sandalwood and clove
    In the Inis signature frosted bottle with a cap reminiscent of glass pebbles you might find on a beach
    Made in Ireland; never tested on animals; paraben free

    Unisex.


    As a general guideline floral/sweet = feminine, spicy/woody = masculine.
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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    but if you’re buying a gift and don’t want to puzzle or insult anyone, go to the company’s website to see what they call it. (Or check the BN directory.)
    Sound advice.
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    Smarmy amswer : whoevers wearing it.
    Real talk :
    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    Marketing. “Traditional” ideas of masculinity and femininity in fragrance (and most other things) are highly dependent on the tradition in question: the culture, the era, etc.
    Currently wearing: Polo by Ralph Lauren

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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Follow your nose, and what your comfortable with.
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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Follow your nose, and what your comfortable with.
    I agree
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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Part of what I love about our community here on Basenotes is that folks chime in with such a good response to this question: both helpful, and with a great open-minded attitude.

    And I can only add my voice to the chorus: "gender" of fragrances is really up to marketing and then broader cultural context, but in reality we all have a lot of room to wear whatever we like, and life gets much more interesting, at least in terms of smells, when you're willing to "reach across the aisle" as it were. Enjoy.

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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Hi all new here.

    I would say a woman's fragrance has a more sweeter smell to it and a mans has a more "musk" type smell, but I have found the lines to be getting narrower now and a more unisex fragrance seems to be the norm

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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by thatsmellsgreat View Post
    Hi all new here.

    I would say a woman's fragrance has a more sweeter smell to it and a mans has a more "musk" type smell, but I have found the lines to be getting narrower now and a more unisex fragrance seems to be the norm
    Welcome to you thatsmellsgreat! Enjoy your time here at Basenotes!
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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Women splash. Men spray.

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    Default Re: What makes a perfume male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Women splash. Men spray.
    You have such a dirty mind, Cook.




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