A Fragrance for Every Career: Work It, Girl

by Gwendolen Fairfax

A Fragrance for Every Career: Work It, Girl
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It’s nice to smell good at work, but when you’re surrounded by colleagues or customers, it’s important to be smart about what fragrance you choose. Remember that many workplaces have their own rules about wearing perfume or fragrance; but no matter what kind of work you do, there’s a scent that will set you apart while letting you fit in. Just don’t forget that a little often goes a long way!



1 of 8 Image Credits: Sephora

If You Work in Retail …


Jo Malone French Lime Blossom Eau de Cologne: Unless you’re required to wear a scent from your employer’s fragrance line, an ideal perfume for retail workers is fresh, light, green, or sweetly floral, in a not-too-strong concentration. ($55, Jo Malone) Also try: Bulgari Eau Parfumee White Tea

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If You Work in Administration …


DKNY Be Delicious: In any kind of office or customer-service setting, the best scent is one that’s light and unobtrusive, with fresh, citrusy, or marine scents.

3 of 8 Image Credits: The Body Shop

If You Work in Health Care …


Paraben-Free Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Body Butter: Many doctors, nurses, home health aides, and other health care workers choose not to wear fragrance, since it could aggravate physically sensitive or allergic patients. A better route is a fragranced lotion that gives off a warm and subtle, but never overpowering, scent.

4 of 8 Image Credits: Demeter Fragrance

If You Work in Food Service …


_Demeter Rye Bread Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray_: In a restaurant setting, it’s crucial that fragrance not overpower or compete with the aromas of the food. If you choose to wear a scent, pick one that’s reminiscent of food itself, perhaps even tailored to the restaurant’s cuisine.

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If You Work in Media …


Lancome Magnifique Eau de Parfum: A job in news, advertising, or the online realm means you can express your individuality with a perfume that’s a bit more daring or statement-making. Spicy, warm Oriental notes create an air of sophistication and competence.

6 of 8 Image Credits: Chanel

If You Work in Finance or Law …


Chanel No. 5: In a male-dominated field (as many banks and law firms still are, sadly), the most appropriate scent is a classic and classy floral—traditional, feminine, and grown-up.

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If You Work with Children or the Elderly …


Marc Jacobs Daisy – Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette: If you’re a teacher, home health worker, or nanny, soft florals and playful fruity notes are friendly to sensitive noses.

8 of 8 Image Credits: Neiman Marcus

If You Own Your Own Business …


Salvatore Ferragamo F for Fascinating: When you work for yourself, whether it’s as a wedding planner, a salesperson, an event designer, or a consultant, your style can help you create a personal brand. A bold, exotic fragrance with musky, sensuous notes can become your signature scent.