Scents of seduction

We test four luxury fragrances that come in both His and Hers and find that each has its own sophisticated take on gender roles.

CALVIN KLEIN OBSESSED INTENSE EDP FOR MEN & WOMEN

Throwing out traditional rules for fragrances, Calvin Klein is also subverting the genders. Masculine notes of fougère, a forest mix which evolves into an earthy moss after a dandy opening of lavender, have been added to the women’s fragrance, while a seductively feminine black vanilla has been inserted into the base of the men’s version, which opens traditionally with a peppery citrus. Her EDP 100ml $99, Him EDP 125ml $99

HUGO BOSS THE SCENT PARFUM EDITION

Proud traditional gender roles for both fragrances. His opens with confident, spicy ginger top notes before revealing personal magnetism through exotic maninka fruit, underpinned with strong leather. Hers invites with warm and sweet honeyed peach that evolves into a sensual, oriental middle and settles in the elegance of warm cocoa. Him EDP 100ml $145, Her EDP 50ml $129

VALENTINO UOMO & DONNA ACQUA

Classic fragrances for a romantic tryst, Uomo Acqua makes a powerful impression with citrus and patchouli notes that settle into strong leather. Donna Acqua is seductive with its come-hither sweet almond floral notes. You’ll need to move quickly, as the powerful impacts fizzle out in a few hours. Him EDT 125ml $153, Her EDT 100ml $167

GUCCI GUILTY ABSOLUTE POUR FEMME & HOMME

Gucci wants to break away from traditional roles. Hers is a spicy blackberry floral with sensual middle notes of Bulgarian rose, but with a masculine, woody goldenwood base that make the fragrance swing. His is a sweeter but still woody male fragrance. Ideal for a guy-girl-girl ménage à trois, or so implies Gucci’s commercial for the fragrances, featuring Jared Leto and two female models. Her 50ml $118, Him 50ml $108