The Real Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Perfumes

Perfumes are generally categorized as genderless fragrances that both men and women (alike) use as an accessory to enhance their natural, unique, and individual scents. They are an amazing and powerful component that help boost confidence and sophistication to whoever’s wearing them. There are tons of scents and notes to get your nose into when it comes to perfumes and fragrances—such that floral notes, fresh, oriental, woody, musky, and so on—are just to name a few. However, a lot of people are debating whether or not a particular perfume is only limited to the use of one gender (when it’s already an established idea that perfumes are genderless) just because the label says “for men” or “for women”.

Before adding confusion to the already debated issue, first, you need to answer the question about the difference between male and female perfumes and how people get to tell them apart: the one from the other. There are at least two factors that are considered essential as to why there became a distinction between masculine and feminine perfumes.

For the most parts, the first factor is the advertising labels from perfume manufacturers around the world. That is how people assume a perfume’s gender classification based on what the tags say like: Eau de perfume spray ‘for men’ (or ‘for women’ for that matter).

The second factor is the combination of scents from different levels of notes (top, middle, base) that make up the entire fragrance. This is where it gets really tricky. Perfumers do not brew original scents, by that way, they just try to replicate what a natural scent from a real flower smells like or from the ocean breeze (or whatever they have experienced smelling firsthand) and combine it with other existing elements that will make up a unique blend of aroma they now call perfume.

Moreover, if you read through the ingredients used in the perfume labels, you will understand that most manufacturers use the same elements. So it’s not really the “what” that makes male and female perfumes different from each other but the “how”. It is how the perfumes are brewed that makes them a scent more complementary for men or women to use.

Woody, musky, aromatic, strong and leathery are some of the elements that mostly describe what masculine perfumes are while floral, fresh, fruity, light, and sweet associates more on the feminine side. This is how male and female perfumes are categorized separately. Men’s perfumes are brewed stronger and richer making it bold, heavy, and tenacious compared to women’s typically subtle, light, and moderate compositions.

Now, perfumes do not necessarily fit directly as a specificmen or women wear because fragrances can be subjective. Given that each person has a unique and individual scent, there are also instances where men (who prefer lighter and moderate perfumes on them,) find themselves wearing a feminine perfume—and that’s not because they are gay but because it effectively complements their unique scents better than the advertised perfume for men; just like how other women find themselves wearing a more masculine perfume because it exudes a more ‘me-like’ kind of vibe to them than most feminine perfumes sold in the market.

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