When you’re at work, you want to be known for productivity, great interpersonal skills, and intelligence — the last thing you want to be known for is a bad smell.
The term “cloying” describes a smell that is oppressively odiferous, and it’s not a great descriptor to wear around the office. If you tend to dab on heavy perfume or if you’ve gotten the feedback that your scent is too strong, it’s an easy enough habit to alter.
Instead of going cold turkey and applying zero scents, you can be more strategic about the type of scent you wear around the office.
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This tip actually has nothing to do with smelling too strongly. Oil-based scents (think: those products you can buy in the grocery store that might have essential oils) need constant reapplication. This can be the last thing you have time for at work.
Additionally, the direct reapplication onto the skin can put your office attire in the line of danger. You’ll be much more susceptible to staining your clothes.
You might see Eau de Parfum and actual perfume on the shelf assume the difference is just a matter of speech. These types of fragrances are actually unique, though, and have palpable distinctions. Eau de Parfum has between a 15 and 20 percent concentration of scent. Eau de Toilette has a concentration of 10 percent, and Eau de Cologne has a concentration of 5 percent.
Actual perfume, on the other hand, has a much higher concentration of scent. This means that it tends to hold more of a scent and for longer. While this might seem attractive, it also means it has the tendency to be too strong — especially at the office.
Skip the musk (unless you work at Tesla, maybe). Musk-forward scents are known for being sensual and romantic — not the scent you want to achieve in a work environment.
Instead of musky scents, try a vintage fragrance with citrus, green tea, cinnamon, or other delicate floral notes.
Not only do you want to avoid the dreaded cloy, but you also want to promote your own productivity. Consider mint, eucalyptus, green apple, and cucumber for scents that encourage energy, focus, and rejuvenation.
As a bonus, these scents are usually delicate enough to not interfere with the work environment.
While you might think your perfume has worn out throughout the day, it probably is still traceable to others in the office. Avoid that pesky urge to reapply your perfume throughout the day.
If you do feel the need to freshen up, make it just a tiny touch behind your ears or at your throat.