Let’s talk about perfume etiquette today, Law Babe. Every one of us has encountered a coworker who subscribes to the “more is more” philosophy when it comes to perfume. An overpowering scent is distracting and can even make you sick.
Let’s touch on some rules when it comes to perfume in the workplace:
1. Less is more. You already know this, but it bears repeating. The cardinal rule for perfume in the office (and everywhere, if you ask me) is that a little bit goes a long way. Please do not take a bath in your heaviest perfume. A light spritz will do just fine. Others should only be able to smell your perfume if they come within a foot or two of you. If your colleagues can smell you before you come into a room or after you leave, you need to put the bottle down.
2. Stick to a light scent for the office. The office is not the place to debut your new bottle of Chanel No. 5. Save the heavy/musky/sexy/grandma scents for date night. Light floral and citrus scents are best for the workplace. Similarly, you may wish to wear an eau de toilette rather than an eau de parfum, because the eau de toilette has a lower concentration of aromatic oils (and therefore a lower risk of offending everyone around you).
3. Don’t reapply. You swear you applied perfume before heading out the door, but now you can’t smell it. Or you hit that Chinese joint for lunch and now you swear you smell like a greasy kitchen. Resist the urge to reapply your perfume! We become nose blind over time, so even if you can’t smell your fragrance anymore, others still can. That extra spritz or two can turn your subtle scent into an overpowering one.
More and more workplaces have outright banned fragrances in the office, so definitely play by the rules if yours is one of them. If not, here are five office-appropriate perfumes that smell gorgeous and won’t offend your colleagues:
Chloe Eau de Parfum Spray ($105-$132) smells like a beautiful garden party, and is light, refreshing and summery.
Chanel Chance Eau de Toilette Spray ($80-$130) is both delicate and radiant, with a light, fruity trail.
Jo Malone fragrances are all amazing, but the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne ($65-$135) is combination of bergamot and driftwood, making it fresh, alive, and woody.
Diptyque Philosykos Eau de Toilette ($95-$135) was inspired fig tree in the heat of the summer in Greece. Enough said.
Atelier Cologne Clementine California Cologne Absolue ($135-$195) was inspired by clementines in California and is fruity, sweet, and sunny.
Do you have any favorite perfumes for daily wear? Share with us in the comments below!
Stay Smart and Sexy, Law Babe!