Wearing perfume to work is an office style riddle that rates as high as whether you can wear high boots to work in winter or don floral prints for the Monday meeting. In the US, there has been a legal move to outlaw perfume in the workplace - in the US Census Bureau, and government offices in the city of Detroit. While some private companies in Canada and the US have followed suit, others have adopted formal fragrance policies.
A little perfume can raise a lot of stink. Perfumes can trigger off allergies in the workplace. They can cause sniffling, dizziness, headaches, nausea and breathing problems.
Notes to self
The secret, of course, is application, a dab, a spritz, a touch, not a drenching. Perfume should only be applied on the pulse points ie. wrists and behind the ears. It should not be used in clothes. An ideal work perfume is always mild but long lasting. People should be careful of the notes. Men are not advised to go too floral and women shouldn't pick woody notes. For the winter, one can take spicy notes too.
The scent should be undetectable to anyone more than an arm's length away from you in any direction. As a general rule of thumb, go scent free at job interviews. If your office doesn't have any restriction on fragrance, opt for some light perfume without any reapplication. And everyone should keep it in their mind that a deodorant is not a stand-in for perfume.
Don’t hesitate to tell a colleague that he/she has gone overboard. If you are friends, tell them directly. If you are not, Tell when the person is alone and be polite. They may not be aware that their perfume is a problem.
When people wear the same fragrance for a long time, their scent receptors can become immune to it, so they over-spray. They may not know that perfumes can create problems for others. So tell them soberly not to do this
Make sure that you have chosen the proper notes for your perfume along with perfect dress-code in your workplace.
By Prakriti Neogi