It's 2020, so just because a perfume is marketed towards men, it doesn't mean they're the only ones who can enjoy it. Truthfully, your chances of finding your signature scent becomes much higher once you ignore all the gender-based marketing and just go in for a sniff. I, for one, have met many women whose top shelf perfumes are from the men's department, and their picks have yet to disappoint me.
Ahead, we list some of those popular men's perfume bottles that you might want to add to your collection, too:
1. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
Technically, Tobacco Vanille and all of Tom Ford's fragrances are unisex. But with a name like that, it's no wonder this spicy, smoky scent is popular among men. I smelled this for the first time when I found it on the vanity of my best friend (who's a woman), and I was curious why she even owned it. The moment I sprayed it though, I instantly knew why. Tobacco Vanille is warm, opulent, and confident—an intoxicating smoky vanilla that will make you feel like the most powerful woman in the room.
Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum, P12,600, TOM FORD, Rustan's Makati
2. Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men
The One has all the classic elements of a date night scent for men, but you don't have to be one to love it. In fact, I have another perfume-loving girl friend who wears this perfume exclusively. When I gave it a shot, the amber notes in it just jumped out and lingered, and the soft spiciness from the ginger and cardamom are just exquisite. That said, it does have a dash of citrus that freshens it up without letting it lose is allure.
The One for Men Eau de Parfum, P6650, DOLCE & GABBANA, Rustan's
3. Dior Sauvage
Dior Sauvage is undoubtedly one of the most iconic men's fragrances of all time. Unlike the ones above, this EDT is more unapologetic about its fruitiness. It's a clean, bergamot and amber-spiked blend that's a true people-pleaser. Anyone who's tried it would know that it's proof that a scent doesn't have to feel like pepper to the nose to be charismatic.
Sauvage Eau de Toilette, price unavailable, DIOR, SM Makati
4. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Giò Pour Homme
Another department store classic is Acqua Di Giò, a "fresh and relaxed fragrance for men," as Giorgio Armani describes it. They aren't lying though, because it's the kind of simple, aquatic scent that smells like a summer vacation by the sea. It'll keep you smelling your freshest even on hot days, and definitely one you can share with your signifcant other.
Acqua Di Giò Eau de Toilette, price unavailable, GIORGIO ARMANI, Department Stores
5. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
When I got this perfume, I never would've guessed that it was one of the most well-loved Tom Ford scents by men. I don't blame them though, because for a citrus-white floral combination, Neroli Portofino is smooth, elegant, yet effortless. The neroli in it actually reminds me of a cologne I used to wear as a teen, if that scent were to age up 20 years and come in a luxurious bottle.
Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum, P12,600, TOM FORD, Rustan's Makati