• Gender-neutral,  Perfumes,  unisex

    Gender- neutral fragrances

    For years, we’ve bought perfumes specifically for our gender but there’s a new trend with gender- neutral fragrances.

    Walking into a department store, surfing the internet or browsing around the Duty-Free section at the airport before we head away on our holiday, has always seen both men and women steer towards their own gender of fragrances.

     

    After all, they are always displayed in their own gender so that we can find the female and the male fragrances easily.

     

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    Gender-neutral fragrances

    Gender-neutral fragrances became popular in the 1990s, although it may not seem as long to some.

     

    Over the years, we’ve seen men taking more care in their appearance by using face creams and pampering themselves more than they ever used to.

    Something that was always geared to the women and TV adverts always showed the women taking care of their skin, spraying their favourite perfume and it was all very feminine.

    Today, we see more men using skin care products, taking care of their hair and no one bats an eyelid when they see a man walking along the high street, suited and booted and wearing a pink shirt under their suit jacket.

    A colour that was less accepted years ago on the males.

    So the times have changed and the perfume industry has embraced this.

    We now see gender neutral/ unisex fragrances on the shelves, online and within perfume companies including FM World.

     

    Gender neutral fragrances
    A new line of unisex fragrances for 2022

     

    There are many women who have been wearing a ‘male’ fragrance for years as they prefer the scent and not much is said in the way of why they have chosen that particular kind.

    Having a man on the other hand, wearing a floral scent will certainly turn heads for those who recognize a ‘feminine ‘ fragrance lingering, as they walk past.

    A whole new world opens up when we have access to unisex fragrances that can be enjoyed by both men and women.

    We’ve grown up with most things around us being male or female orientated so it’s very refreshing to have products and perfumes that both men and women can enjoy.

    Comments like ” That’s a bit feminine for you” no longer seem to be spoken as we accept that times have moved on.

    Same sex couples are part of our society and nothing is ‘male’ or ‘female’ anymore. Just how it should be.

    Gender- neutral fragrances have become appealing in every sense

     

    Gone are the days when we have grown up and were taught that fragrance scents such as mask, fruit, floral and vanilla are very much feminine notes.

    Whilst the woody, chipre, oriental and water notes are only for the males.

    Very stereotypical.

    Why have fragrances been categorized into gender specific?

    It comes down to the beauty industry being segregated as male and female and the power of marketing.

    Men’s fragrance bottles are based on masculinity with some of the popular designs crated in the have of a man’s torso, the strong hand or the simplistic use of very square, clean shaped bottles.

    Women’s packaging on the other hand is more feminine.

    Flowers, elegant lids and an extension of their ‘girly’ colours and classy, sophisticated bottles.

     

     

     

    Perfumes, make up, nail polish and hair products are based around the women and the men have their own section of aftershaves, deodorant, shavers and shaving products.

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    It’s true that we all suit different scents on our skin and we buy and are attracted to the fragrance notes that we enjoy the most.

    Perfumes and aftershaves bring out the joyfulness, fun and happiness in all of us, especially when we have compliments on our chosen scent of the day.

    The great thing too about having so many fragrances to choose from, for both sexes, is that we can wear a different one every day unless you have a signature scent and wear this one most of the time.

    Mixing things up a bit is definitely the way forward as we can then choose a fragrance for the seasons.

    If you care about the fragrance notes in your bottle of scent, you may well already know that both male and females perfumes and aftershaves contain a mixture of what we class as male and female scents.

    The balance of both determines if the scent is more masculine or feminine.

    There are also fragrance notes that are suitable for both such as citrus, oriental and wood. Both sexes can carry off these scents well if they are balanced right with other notes.

     

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    In the early 90s we had many men and women smelling the same with one of the most popular scent of that era, such as CK1 fragrance here on ebay

    Women have often leaned towards the more masculine scents as some of the female fragrances can be very sweet and are sometimes too sickly to wear on their skin.

    Wearing the wrong type or an overpowering fragrance can give the wearer a headache along with those around them.

    Women can carry off wearing a more masculine scent too than men can with a feminine fragrance.

    A bit like women being able to wear trousers as well as dresses and skirts yet men are not seen in ‘female’ items of clothing unless they’re wearing a kilt, dressed up as a drag queen or walking the fashion line at Avant Garde !

    Is it a power thing ?

    Men need to look and feel masculine and strong so they wear such clothing and scents.

    Some of the female scents are drawn more towards feeling pretty, girly, innocent, seductive and emotional.

    For me personally, I do love both men and women’s fragrances although I lean more towards the female notes.

    Ones that fit in with my small build, long hair and painted nails.

    Gender neutral fragrances
    There are many unisex fragrances to choose from with FM World. Take a look…

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    To some extent we are still very much influenced by the media when it comes to buying perfumes.

    The celebrity influences we have behind the advertising and the fancy bottles contribute to our purchase.

    Nowadays though, we do tend to take our own steps towards choosing what’s right for us in terms of fragrance suitability and indeed cost.

    There are more affordable options available and FM World have their own collection of gender-neutral fragrances with many of their scents inspired by the big names we see today.

    If you would like the opportunity to try one of our fragrances, samples are available here.

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  • Reviews

    Fm perfume no.900 review

    Fm perfume no. 900 review

    Fm perfume no.900 reviewe
    Classy packaging and design bottle makes fm no.900 a popular choice for men and women

     

    When it comes to fragrances, perfumes were separated by scents for the ladies and scents for the men.

    These days, there are fragrances available that are unisex.

    When I first learned about unisex fragrances, it got me thinking.

    How can a fragrance be suitable for men and women?

    Women can get away with wearing a more masculine scent, similar to wearing male clothing. Trousers and sports jumpers are very much worn by females. Especially the younger generation.

    It’s surely more difficult for a man to wear a female scented fragrance ?

    Many ladies scents are often quite fruity and flowery. These kind aren’t suitable for the males.

    A creation made for both men and women

    So perfume manufacturers had to come up with a way to create a fragrance that was suitable for both. A neutral balance and a mixture of perfume scents that would be suitable for both genders.

    What we need to remember is that the initial top notes of a fragrance doesn’t determine what fragrance is left on the skin throughout the day.

    So when we initially spray a perfume, the top note is our initial smell, then we have the middle notes and lastly the base notes.

    It’s important to try a scent on the skin and leave it to settle for a while to get a true smell.

    There are many women who actually prefer their partners fragrance than their own.

    This is certainly the case if they prefer a stronger scent, like woody or chypre notes.

    FM cosmetics know how popular fragrances have been for men and women over the years so when they brought out a unisex range a few years ago, this saw a positive impact on the company and their sales.

    With over 50 unisex fragrances to choose from, men and women are spoiled for choice.

    Fm perfume no.900 review
    FM no.900. A popular unisex fragrance available to purchase direct from FM at £26.50 (Nov 2021)

     

     

    Price : £26.50 (retail)

    The cheapest place to buy : eBay

    Size of bottle : 50ml

    Guarantee : no

    My rating : 9 out of 10

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    FM perfume no.900 fragrance notes

    Type: fascinating, unique, charming cherry

    Head notes: black cherry, cherry liqueur, bitter almonds

    Heart notes : rose, jasmine, sour cherry

    Base notes : tonka bean, sandalwood, vetiver, cedarwood

     

     

    FM perfume no.900 review

    Fm perfume no.900  is part of the wood family which gives a real sense of oriental, floral and fruity notes.

    With its base notes of sandalwood and cedarwood, this allows for that masculine fragrance to still be present for the male wearer and still have a hint of femininity for the ladies.

    No. 900 has similar notes to Tom Ford, Lost Cherry and is one of FM’s top selling unisex fragrances.

    Whilst a designer bottle will cost you just short of £200 online, FM is a great alternative for a more affordable fragrance with similar notes and the same size bottle.

    Fm perfume no.900 review
    Tom Ford fragrances will set you back a few pounds but there are other alternatives

     

    Sometimes we have to be a savvy shopper if we have expensive taste in perfume.

    The bottle is a bit clumpy and not so convenient to carry around like some of their other fragrance bottles.

    If it’s one of your favourites, it can be easily transferred into a smaller perfume spray, similar to those we use for holidays, for convenience. Travel size perfume

     

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    The added benefit of containing 20% perfume oil, means that this fragrance will last you around eight hours.

    It is a fairly strong scent so may not be suitable for daytime use but certainly a good choice for a night out or a weekend away.

    A couple of spritzes is all you need of this fragrance so that it’s not too overpowering for yourself or for others around you.

     

    If you are thinking of purchasing FM no. 900 for a male, just remember what I have said previously about the top notes being quite fruity at first.

    Once it is left on the skin for a few hours, the base notes will come through and this will be the fragrance that will last throughout the day.

    The fragrance comes in a lovely box too so a great gift for someone for a birthday or Christmas.

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    Samples are a great way of trying a fragrance first, to see if it is suitable so if you are looking to try one then please get in touch.