Physical Health, Trends, Wellness / Self-Care

New Grooming trend: Skin Scents

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jan 20, 2021

Fragrance is having a moment right now with it’s latest trend: skin scents.



Skin scents are slightly mysterious and convey a barely-there scent. They are actually formulated to smell like skin – think of it as the most natural way to highlight your personal scent. Built with molecule Iso E Super, a synthetic molecule discovered in 1973 – it smells a tiny bit like musk and is typically only detectable by the wearer or someone close to the wearer. The molecule becomes isolated and activates once it comes into contact with skin. It typically smells different on each person.


You’ll also see skin scents smelling of fresh linen, white florals or vetiver. Skin scents are the less dramatic and inoffensive version of the guys who bathe in Axe spray. If you ever feel like you’ve put too much cologne on, skin scents could be the perfect balance for you. Ahead, are a few of our favorite ones.


Frederic Malle L’Eau d’Hiver ($50)

Byredo Sunday Cologne ($265)

Maison Martin Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning ($130)

Oud Wood ($14.95)

Aesop Cythera Aromatique Room Spray ($55)


If you’re looking for cologne that women actually love, here are 8 tried-and-true ones to consider as well as advice on how to choose cologne based on your skin type.