Gender Bender

Gender Bender: Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Rose (2013)Gender Bender: Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Rose (2013)

Gender Bender 11/10/16 17:07 (19 comments)

Hello and welcome to “ Gender Bender (click me to read others in this series) ”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often prevail at the fragrance counters and are viewed as important distinctions for many fragrance fans. Join me as I explore some of my favorite aromas in my quest to challenge ma... (more)

"From the iconic American brand Aramis, Perfume Calligraphy Rose is a warm, ambery oriental that manages to avoid the typical overdose of saffron and/or oud and puts the focus on myrrh and labdanum...

Carnelian (2015) by Kristen Vartan; the Magic of Cinnamon & SpiceCarnelian (2015) by Kristen Vartan; the Magic of Cinnamon & Spice

Gender Bender 10/04/16 09:55 (One comment)

  Hello and welcome to “ Gender Bender (click me to read others in this series) ”, an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I personally prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity and femininity often prevail at the fragrance counters and are viewed as important distinctions for many fragrance fans. Join me as I explore some of my favorite aromas in my quest to ch... (more)

"From new American perfumer and established winemaker, Kristen Vartan, Carnelian is a spicy oriental whose namesake color and olfactory impressions make it the perfect autumn scent. Key notes are c...

Gender Bender: Sarah Jessica Parker Stash (2016)

Gender Bender: Sarah Jessica Parker Stash (2016)Gender Bender 09/03/16 02:10 (20 comments)

SJP's newest is a "gender-neutral" homage to a man on a Eurorail train; to me, it's a familiar aroma with little sillage.

Gender Bender: Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero and Incense Fragrances

Gender Bender: Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero and Incense FragrancesGender Bender 08/13/16 12:24 (6 comments)

"A celebration of fire, rain and the city of Paris, Laudano Nero is a stunning artistic creation of perfumery comprised of notes associated with typically gender-neutral incense." 

Gender Bender: The World of a Japanese Perfumer Part 2, Satori Osawa's Iris Homme

Gender Bender: The World of a Japanese Perfumer Part 2, Satori Osawa's Iris HommeGender Bender 06/24/16 12:52 (22 comments)

"The earthy, vegetal aroma of iris (one of Japan's most revered flowers) is paired with bright citrus, warm amber and woods." Leave a comment for your chance to win!

Gender Bender: Sweet Tobacco Spirits by 18.21 Man made (2015)

Gender Bender: Sweet Tobacco Spirits by 18.21 Man made (2015)Gender Bender 05/13/16 14:08 (835 comments)

The gender bending scent of an early 20th century speakeasy, a rich oriental blend of honeyed tobacco and boozy-vanilla. Don't miss our offer for free perfume and grooming products!

Gender Bender: Tesori d'Oriente, Mirra (2010)

Gender Bender: Tesori d'Oriente, Mirra (2010)Gender Bender 04/23/16 03:13 (12 comments)

"With a composition that is sweeter than might be expected and often compared to Chopard Casmir, but with a dry, almost bitter soapy edge similar to Prada's Infusion d'Homme, this unisex fragrance profoundly begs the question of gender classifications for fragrances."

Gender Bender: Lalique Le Parfum (2005)

Gender Bender: Lalique Le Parfum (2005)Gender Bender 03/13/16 07:19 (58 comments)

What are your thoughts or gendered associations with vanilla-based aromas? Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample of the current Lalique Le Parfum.

Gender Bender: Tabu by Dana (1932)

Gender Bender: Tabu by Dana (1932)Gender Bender 02/11/16 13:43 (76 comments)

The fragrance of a forbidden affair...and a whole lotta patchouli. Comment for your chance to win a sample.

Gender Bender: L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme (1994)

Gender Bender: L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme (1994)Gender Bender 01/25/16 12:01 (46 comments)

'The feeling of freshness and strength of a mountain waterfall.' Leave a comment for your chance to receive a 5ml decant!

Gender Bender: Joop! Homme (1989)

Gender Bender: Joop! Homme (1989)Gender Bender 12/14/15 10:11 (45 comments)

Why is Joop! Homme a gender bender? Is it because of its central notes of powdery heliotrope and sweet orange blossom? Is it because of its inarguable sweetness?

Gender Bender: Habit Rouge EDT by Guerlain (1965)

Gender Bender: Habit Rouge EDT by Guerlain (1965)Gender Bender 10/08/15 07:54 (20 comments)

Jean-Paul’s uncle Jacques was none too pleased by the employment of vanilla, claiming it had made the fragrance a “women’s scent”...

Gender Bender: Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP (2006)

Gender Bender: Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP (2006)Gender Bender 10/04/15 07:06 (17 comments)

Legend has it that a black orchid was actually created specifically for Ford and this project, having never existed in nature before.

Gender Bender: Passion by Elizabeth Taylor (1987)

Gender Bender: Passion by Elizabeth Taylor (1987)Gender Bender 09/27/15 00:02 (36 comments)

This is another in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “How does fragrance transcend gender?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free!

Black Sugar by Aquolina (2013)Black Sugar by Aquolina (2013)

09/24/15 09:07 (71 comments)

La Perla (1987)La Perla (1987)

09/22/15 02:30 (27 comments)

Obsession for All (1986)Obsession for All (1986)

08/11/15 14:48 (42 comments)

Angel by Thierry Mugler (1992)Angel by Thierry Mugler (1992)

08/07/15 16:13 (54 comments)

Roma Uomo Laura Biagiotti (1995)Roma Uomo Laura Biagiotti (1995)

07/22/15 11:15 (25 comments)

3121 by Prince (2007)3121 by Prince (2007)

07/14/15 13:11 (38 comments)

Gender Bender: Aramis 900 (1973)Gender Bender: Aramis 900 (1973)

06/14/15 06:31 (43 comments)

Gender Bender: Pi by Givenchy (1998)Gender Bender: Pi by Givenchy (1998)

05/07/15 08:07 (55 comments)

Gender Bender: Coco by Chanel (1984) Gender Bender: Coco by Chanel (1984)

04/16/15 17:00 (55 comments)

Gender Bender: Ciara by Revlon (1973)Gender Bender: Ciara by Revlon (1973)

04/08/15 15:10 (45 comments)

Gender Bender: Joy by Jean Patou (1930, 2015)Gender Bender: Joy by Jean Patou (1930, 2015)

03/10/15 16:23 (94 comments)

Thierry Mugler Womanity (On a Man) (2010)Thierry Mugler Womanity (On a Man) (2010)

10/22/10 16:13 (25 comments)

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