It’s common sense that if you look good and smell good, you feel good. Looking good at the office is rather straightforward seeing that there are policies in place that deem what is considered acceptable attire, and the fact that you need to look professional. However, how do you really know if your scent is considered “acceptable” in an office environment? We strongly believe that the right perfume or cologne finishes one’s image off and leaves a lasting impression.
Choosing a perfume to wear to work every day can be rather tricky and it is best to tread carefully. One needs to wear something that is not too strong or has too much of an obtrusive sillage. Sillage is the aura or trail created by a perfume when it is worn on the skin. The perfect office scent also has to have excellent longevity to see you through the day.
When choosing an office-appropriate fragrance, avoid heavy notes or anything too spicy, sweet or gourmand. Sticking to fragrances that are soft and light are essential. Through our years of experience and research, we have hand-selected the following perfumes that we believe will not offend anyone and keep you smelling delightful throughout the day.
Here are a few of our recommendations:
A scent similar to Elie Saab Le Parfum
Elle Parfum is a sophisticated and ultra-feminine, flowery-woody fragrance that consists of top notes of orange blossom, the heart contains both Jasmine Grandiflorum and Jasmine Sambac and the base contains patchouli, rose, honey and cedar.
A scent similar to La Vie Est Belle by Lancome
Bella is a timeless, elegant and feminine fragrance. The scent is based on the idea of natural and simple beauty. Flavours of black currant and pear open this fragrance at the top. The middle notes are filled with iris, jasmine and orange blossom. At the base of this beautiful scent is the warmth of patchouli, tonka bean and praline.
A scent similar to For Her by Narciso Rodriguez
4 Her is a delicate, but long-lasting musky, floral fragrance. This timeless perfume is elegant and feminine with sensual musk as its centre. The top notes of African orange flower and osmanthus give this masterpiece an opening that has soft citrus, floral and light fruity accords. In the base, there is earthy vetiver and a touch of sweetness from the vanilla.
A scent similar to Light Blue by Dolce & Gabanna
This floral fruity scent takes you on a trip to Sicily with top notes of apple, bellflower and Sicilian lemon. The heart of the fragrance includes white rose, bamboo and jasmine. The base notes are filled with amber, musk and cedar.
A scent similar to Kenzo Amour by Kenzo.
A gentle and amorous fragrance. It starts off soft and gentle with top notes of white tea and rice. The heart is milky and dreamy with accords of cherry blossom, frangipani and heliotrope. The base is passionately deep and woody with notes of vanilla, musk, wood and incense. This fragrance is not only a great office fragrance but perfect for evenings with your love.
A scent similar to Terre d’ Hermes by Hermes
Mercury is a great office scent, it is citrusy, woody and earthy. It takes you a journey from top notes of orange, to a heart of pepper and a base of cedar and patchouli. With citrus and wood being the main accord, this is a masculine, yet mature and professional scent.
A scent similar to Aventus by Creed
This fragrance celebrates strength and success. It is a bold and distinct fragrance. It is certainly a head-turner. The top opens to fresh and fruity notes of apple, pineapple, black current and bergamot. The heart is filled with notes of dry birch, patchouli, rose and Moroccan jasmine. The base notes are heavier and more earthy with notes of musk, oakmoss, vanilla, and ambergris.
A scent similar to Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey
Mio is a classic, fresh and popular fragrance, perfect for office and everyday wear. Top notes open to coriander, bergamot, yuzu, sage, Cypress and lemon. Middle notes are cinnamon, nutmeg, geranium, lily of the valley, mignonette and blue lotus. Base notes are musk, sandalwood, amber, vetiver, tobacco and cedar.
A scent similar to Legend Intense by Mont Blanc.
Legend is an incredible clean fragrance. It lacks playful notes, giving it a professional vibe and making it perfect for the office. This spicy fragrance opens to fresh top notes of pineapple and bergamot. Middle notes are cardamom, jasmine, pepperwood and red apple. The base is filled with oakmoss, cedar, tonka bean and amber.