Perfumes for men, perfumes for women, if at first sight the distinction jumps out, it is far from obvious. But where does this distinction come from? When does it date? And above all, is it really physiological, cultural or other yet? The Daily Geek Show conducted the survey for you among a dozen recognized experts in the hushed world of perfumery.

If the history of perfume goes back to the dawn of time, its current approach in the West results from a history that goes back to the 17th century. At that time, men and women wore the same essences, used both for dry toilet and to perfume certain accessories, including leather gloves. The odor of modern perfume can begin and, little by little, the genre of perfume is felt: flowers for women and fresh “clean” notes for men, especially with “after shave”.

EVERY KIND OF ITS CODES AND INGREDIENTS?

As Jeanne Doré, editor-in-chief of Nez, the olfactory magazine, and Auparfum.com points out, in the majority of major perfume brands, the distinction between perfumes for women and perfumes for men is spatially marked before it is olfactory. Indeed, in nature, odors do not have a specific gender, notes Nicolas Olczyk, independent perfume expert, “Parfums Tendances Inspirations”.

DO ODORS HAVE SEX? A PRIORI, NO. – NICOLAS OLCZYK

The question of the existence of types of gender fragrances and their possible origins somewhat divides the experts, but almost all agree that in the West – this is not necessarily true in the rest of the world – it there is in fact a distinction. For some, it is necessary, for other cultures or for a purely marketing approach.

For Jeanne Doré, “perfumery known as“ general public ”has been very“ sexual ”since the development of men’s perfumery, from the 1950s. Before, perfume was symbolically very attached to femininity, and men’s perfuming was essentially a gesture linked to hygiene ”.

However, many agree to define floral scents with the classic accord of rose-jasmine, chypre and powdery as feminine. For Alberto Morillas of Mizensir Parfums, “Women’s perfumery is much more complex because women are looking for a perfume, a tool for seduction and diverse emotions. They want to take their scent, whether it is alone, it reflects their personality. This is much more difficult because you have to succeed in integrating all these emotions into a perfume, for example creating an oriental that is not too heavy, multi-faceted, which also explains why women find it more difficult to change their style and therefore their perfume ” .

Mizensir perfume ORIGINAL OUD

Still according to Alberto Morillas, “men expect perfumes to be much more rational, easy to wear. They need effective perfumery, simple emotions with woody scents, freshness, aromatic or oriental scents. Men are looking for an immediate emotion that they can understand and appropriate. ” Thus, on the men’s side, the fragrances of the fern family, woods – such as cedar and vetiver – or even leathers largely dominate.

Bettina Aykroyd, founder Faireletourdumondeenparfums.com notes that the codes of male perfumery are evolving, the juices “masculine have become warmer, more comfortable with gourmet notes”. She also recalls that, in formulas intended for men, it is not uncommon to incorporate geranium, a rosy note but not as opulent and feminine as a rose. “.

THE QUESTION IS RATHER TO KNOW IF A MAN WANTS TO PERFUME IN A WOMAN WAY, … I THINK THAT, WHEN WE ASSUME AND THAT WE FEEL GOOD, IT ALWAYS RESUMES “JUST”. – MASTER PERFUMER AND GANTRY