It might seem antiquated to separate “feminine” and “masculine” fragrances, but nowadays, these words serve as more of a descriptor, rather than a mandate on who can or should wear which scent. Feminine fragrances usually lean towards floral perfumes and sweeter notes, while masculine ones tend to be woody, musky, or smokey. Of course, there is a huge spectrum when it comes to fragrances, so there’s plenty of room for nuisance here. But for those who love feminine-leaning scents, opting for something with light and sweet is usually the best bet.
As the holiday season ramps up, this will be good to keep in mind when shopping for your fragrance-obsessed loved ones. Fragrances have long made lovely and thoughtful gifts, but it can feel overwhelming to choose a scent for someone else — especially when it comes to the deciphering the best scent notes (including, citrus, vanilla, musk, and jasmine) that are popular in women’s fragrances.
However, knowing a few key elements of someone’s personality can point you in the direction of their perfect scent. If the person you’re gifting, loves to dress up and look pretty, if their style aires on the side of classic feminine elegance, or if they’re just the girliest girl or the most sophisticated lady you know, one (or two, or three) of these feminine fragrances is perfect package to slip into their stocking this holiday season.
Ahead, the prettiest, softest, most lady-like scents to gift anyone with a feminine sense of style.
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