Unisex Fragrances

Boyfriend blazers, oversize cardigans, and pale skin: The '90s are officially back. But if it pains you to pay $400 for pleated pants, a unisex scent lets you dabble in the androgynous trend without butching out your entire wardrobe. Sexy and addictive with leather, tobacco, and spice notes, these new fragrances are a modern, more assertive take on 1994's iconic CK One. Sharing scents shows how different they can smell on men and women, says Nooka President Matthew Waldman, who once wore Chanel No. 5: "When I bought it, I didn't realize it was for women because it smelled very masculine on me." By Kilian perfumer Kilian Hennessey notes the same sexual split with his latest launch, Aphrodisiac: "On my skin, I smell the woods and the tobacco, but on my female staffers, the honey takes over. I almost don't recognize it." Like a tuxedo jacket on bare skin, these androgynous eaux won't dilute your sex appeal.

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December 30, 2009 8:03 AM
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Back to Black Aphrodisiac by Kilian, $225
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Tom Ford White Suede, $180
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Odin New York 01 Nomad, $110
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Annick Goutal Mandragore Pourpre EDT, $115
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Nooka EDP, $80
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Cartier L'Heure Mysterieuse EDT, $250
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Nasomatto Black Afgano, $148