Message in a bottle
Date: 18 july 2018

Sniff your way through our office-appropriate fragrance list to be voted Employee of the Month - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

If there were to be a poll conducted on what stops your work mojo dead in its tracks at the office, the results would most definitely be an annoying desk mate. There’s the type that chews loudly, or the one whose paperwork always ends up on your side. Maybe you’re cursed with the variety of co-worker who has a tendency to overshare their medical issues, or the one who eats all your snacks.

The one we always seem to encounter, however, is the coworker whose fragrance is like the force of a thousand gardens in full bloom. It’s always nice to have a pleasant or inoffensive smelling neighbor (the alternatives are too grim to contemplate) but sitting next to a person reeking of oud and rich spices that they’re conveniently nose-blind to can be torturous.

So, for the sake of worker harmony and organizational serenity, you need to work really hard on picking your office fragrance. Some of us love powerful, mouthwatering, in-your-face scents more than others, and that’s okay, as long as you’re wearing them at the club and not in the cubicle.

As a rule opt for light florals, citrus or aquatic scents. Some rose, jasmine and tuberose fragrances can be perfectly subtle, while others can blow people back ten paces, so do your research carefully. If you’re a fan of those florals, but in doubt about their appropriateness, opt for the Eau de Toilette version instead of the Eau de Parfum, as that is typically a more subtle version of the scent. L'Occitane Roses Et Reines Eau De Toilette is a perfect example of rose in its most beguiling, soft form.

A light floral like the ones comprising Marc Jacobs Daisy family are perfect: Daisy Eau De Toilette Spray, Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau De Toilette Spray,Daisy Dream Eau De Toilette Spray are all work-appropriate and those bottles are collectibles.
Oceanic classics like CK One and Davidoff Cool Water work great, while an aquatic floral such as Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Pure Eau De Parfum is the best of both worlds. Another winning combination: Citrusy florals like Versace Yellow Diamond Eau De Toilette and Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Eau De Parfumee Spray. We’ve never been without a bottle of Estée Lauder Pleasures Eau De Parfum Spray, only because it’s a floral harmony that whispers instead of shouts. Chloe Love Eau De Toilette is another floral success story.

We love the citrus opening and more mellow dry down of Issey Miyake Pleats Please Eau De Toilette, it’s really an addictive purchase. Now don’t ever say that you can’t be one of a kind at work. Above, we’ve given you about a dozen reasons how.

Message in a bottle
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.