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What Makes a Great Unisex Fragrance?

Our clean, fresh fragrances appeal to both males and females.

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Only one chromosome, a smattering of hormones and a strong dose of socialization separate the sexes. So it’s no surprise that certain fragrances hit all the right notes for both genders’ noses.

We’ve all heard the stereotype: women love roses and other florals; men prefer woods, leather and spices. But that cultural cliché tends to reflect a mass-marketing approach to fragrance.

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Indeed, perceptions of “feminine” and “masculine” fragrances fail to account for that all important variable, individual taste, which is steeped in our personal experiences and everything else that makes us go “oooh” when the right scent hits our nostrils.

Thymes explores what makes a great unisex fragrance.

So, what makes a great unisex fragrance?


Notes that skew fresh, clean and green hit the universal sweet spot. Crispy clean, outdoorsy fresh, earthy woodsy tend to appeal to both genders, as long as they lack musky or floral overtones. The quintessential male fragrance is called a fougère (“foo-JHAI”), which literally means “fernlike.” The structure of most men’s colognes has a crispy, fresh top; herbal, aromatic notes in the middle; wood and musk dry-down.

But as anyone who has ever had a father, brother, boyfriend, husband or son knows, those qualities can be extremely appealing to women as well.

The category of men’s fragrances is completely built around aromatic notes, spice woods and citrus. They’re clean and not overtly sensual, compared to some of Thymes more sensual, come-hither fragrances like Goldleaf Gardenia and Kimono Rose.

Although luxurious florals have earned their place in perfumery, Thymes offers many options for today's more neutral, contemporary palates. Thymes gained its following over 30 years ago by creating fresh, clean and sparkling fragrances, something we still do today.

A wide array of Thymes collections fills the unisex bill. Scroll down to view these great unisex Bath & Body collections such as Eucalyptus, Lavender, Agave Nectar, Aqua Coralline, and Olive Leaf all have male and female devotees. And then there's fresh, brisk Frasier Fir that offers a universal appeal.

What are your favorite Thymes collections that veer toward the center panel of the bathroom cabinet? Share below!

Thymes explores what makes a great unisex fragrance.

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Jackie October 4, 2016

I absolutely love the Olive Leaf products!! It's my all time favorite!!

Pamela September 20, 2016

Our local hardware store carries most of your fragrances. I LOVE them, especially Eucalyptus, which as you indicate, appeals to me & my partner. They are expensive! And so the first thing I did when I got a raise & a bonus, was to almost run to Mouats Hardware on Salt Spring Island & buy the body soap & body lotion. I've been waiting for months for them to get it in. Now I'm HAPPY! Thanx for great fragrances!

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