With pure citrus and woody notes, Terre d’Hermès is a mature and elegantly understated fragrance. Wearing it displays that you’re a self-respecting and trustworthy professional who cares about his appearance. Just take care not to over-apply as Terre d’Hermès is strong.
With its mild and subtle premium aromas, YSL L’Homme is an ideal fragrance for a variety of uses. Its versatility makes it a wonderful choice for the office as you can wear a designer fragrance without being overwhelming.
With an opening apple and cinnamon according complemented by plum and bergamot, Bottled is a laid-back yet elegant choice. It features a faint and subtle projection with a mild sillage, which makes it ideal for wearing in crowded working environments. It’ll be enjoyed by both colleagues and clients without overpowering.
Refreshing and mild, many people liken this fragrance to fabric softener, which they find both comforting and relaxing. As such, this is an ideal fragrance to wear at the office as it will soothe you in stressful situations and create a sense of trust with clients.
An undisputed classic, Guerlain Habit Rouge offers a similarly premium experience to Terre d’Hermès albeit with an altogether different aroma profile. Although understated and seductive, it’s a fragrance that oozes with authority and respect.
Explorer offers a far more outgoing scent than Individuelle while still retaining its professional and soothing characteristics. If you’re fond of Creed Aventus, Explorer is very similar but not as overbearing and without the steep price tag.
Often regarded as an affordable alternative to Dior Homme, Prada’s flagship fragrance offers a clean designer experience. Although quite overt, it’s subtle and understated. As a result, it won’t overwhelm colleagues with whom you share an office space.
Although a lively fragrance with a rich variety of notes, Miyake’s Eau d’Issey is surprisingly inoffensive. It offers a delightful tableau of aromatic herbs and spices throughout its life-cycle before finishing on a musky skin scent. If you’re looking for a harmonious blend, it’s worth considering.
If you’d like something just as well established as Guerlain Homme, Eau Sauvage is a wonderfully zesty alternative. It presents the same polished and authoritative presence while being more delicate with its aromatic notes.
Despite a rich bouquet of balsamic and oriental notes, John Varvatos’ Classic eau de toilette is quite mild and inoffensive. If you want something spicy for the winter that won’t knock out your co-workers, this is a solid and affordable choice.
Head: Caramel, Hay, Bergamot
Heart: Dates, Fir, Vanilla
Base: Leather, Labdanum, Tamarind
How Do You Associate Fragrances With Occasions?
Thanks to our powerful olfactory memories, we’re able to associate fragrances with particular seasons. However, it can work a little differently when it comes to occasions.
Of course, some of us may have created particularly subjective links between places and smells. Nevertheless, not everyone will perceive their workplace in the same way.
Therefore, we tend to take into consideration various factors such as the activities, the dress code and the environment itself. What would be appropriate for this setting and what fragrance would contribute to setting the ideal mood?
This may vary from setting to setting. For instance, a self-employed carpenter could wear a decidedly woody fragrance like Terre d’Hermès. Through the vibrant imagery he creates, his clients would be swept away by romantic notions of his profession.
Nevertheless, professional fragrances tend to follow more-or-less similar trends.
How To Define An Office Cologne For Men
Like any element of your personal style, the cologne your wear to the workplace should be seen as appropriate. Therefore, most office fragrances are usually conservative and restrained in terms of aroma profile.
This means that there are fewer fruity notes and rarely too much musk. The most common fragrance family for the workplace is the Aromatic Fougère. However, some Woody fragrances are quite frequent too.
Given that they’re quite conventional fragrances rather than outgoing, they’re quite appropriate. Rarely are their notes and accords unorthodox or wild but relatively common and respectable.
Similarly, many workplaces are closed environments and can be quite crowded. Therefore, it’s important to select something that reflects the space available. A vibrant and musky cologne can quickly become overwhelming for colleagues. Meanwhile, subtle lavender notes could be quite soothing for them instead.
In terms of notes, the best course of action is to opt for fragrances that feature either green or citrus notes. Whilst citrus will offer some freshness, the greens can consist of aromatic and fougère notes such as rosemary and oak moss respectively.
Consider also that you may run into prospective clients. Choosing your fragrance wisely can have a very positive effect on your exchanges. A carefully chosen fragrance can draw them nearer and make them want to stay a little longer. Furthermore, it could also create trust and make those deals easier to seal.
Now that you have covered our selection of the best professional fragrances to wear at the office, check out the other occasions too. You can find these listed in the menu above. Just jump back to the top to see them all.
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