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Best office perfumes to make an impression on your colleagues

Jun 29, 2023

Want a perfume that embodies all things chic, from 9 to 5? These are the ultimate scents to wear to the office...

Whether you've got a job interview or are punching the clock, your signature, professional scent is just as important as your work capsule wardrobe. So, we've asked the experts which perfume notes make for the best office perfumes...

When it comes to the best perfumes, you want a scent—whether it's a floral perfume or a vanilla number—to leave a lasting, good-smelling impression, especially with colleagues. A dreamy aroma can also do wonders for our confidence and make us feel totally put-together and dare we say, grown up! So, when you consider all these factors, having an ace perfume game is essential in the workplace, especially if you're working in close proximity to others.

Being around people for eight hours a day (give or take) means you ideally, want to smell darn good all day long and according to the experts, these are the best long-lasting perfumes to help you do just that...

Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum

RRP: $205 for 1.7 oz

Walmart is currently offering Byredo's Blanche for $201 for 3.4 oz! This perfume boasts a warm and spicy aroma, with notes of white rose, pink pepper, sandalwood and musk—making it a perfect scent for the office and beyond.

So, regardless of whether you prefer an oud perfume or 'skin scent' (like Niall Horan's favorite cologne), what fragrances give off chic and boss b***h vibes?

Well, we asked Natalia Ortiz, Chief Commercial Officer at The Fragrance Shop for some insights on the best office scents that will give you a good-smelling reputation but won't overpower your colleagues...

Ortiz says to focus on the base notes when it comes to selecting a long-lasting scent, adding: "Base notes are what's left once the top and middle notes evaporate throughout the longer you wear them. Woody notes tend to have a heavier structure and strong staying power, so fragrances such as Armani Emporio She EDP."

If you're wondering where to spray your perfume so it lasts all day, Ortiz says: "The best places to spray for a long-lasting scent is on your wrists, behind your ears on your neck and your inner elbows. A tip is to go for areas where the vein sits close to the skin, focusing on your pulse points." You can also try scent layering and mixing your perfume with your lotion, to both your scents longevity.

As for which aromas you should opt for, to make you feel and smell like a million bucks, Ortiz says: "Notes that make people feel confident vary from the activity they're doing, who're they seeing and the time of day. We all have our fragrance wardrobes where in the day, wearing a florally scent might make us feel confident in our job, or wearing a musky scent might bring out our confidence when meeting new people."

Ortiz adds: "Professional perfume notes commonly include those that smell crisp, sharp but not overpoweringly so. Look for clean scents such as fresh linen, bergamot, apple, white florals, vanilla and lemon/citrus notes." Lemon scents are also tipped as a must in your spring perfume arsenal, so you'll be ticking two boxes with a new zingy, citrus scent.

If you're on the hunt for a perfume that will boost your confidence and inspire you, Ortiz recommends 'complex' scents, "made with unique notes or a blend of scent families such as fruity scents with a leathery undertone. Something like Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire (available at The Fragrance Shop)," this fragrance features rich notes of cognac, with a floral kick of magnolia.

If you work from home but still want to immerse yourself in a motivating, professional scent, that will help you focus and feel like you're ready for the day—even if you're still sporting your favorite comfy loungewear—Ortiz recommends opting for something light, like a floral body mist, as opposed to an eau de parfum.

She says: "Working from home, you might not be as conscious to wear perfume if you're not going anywhere, and instead, opt for a body spray such as Chanel Eau Fraiche Sheer Moisture Mist—which has a fresher, sparkling floral scent for easy wearing without feeling like you haven't gotten ready for the day."

So, if you're looking to add a new scent to your work routine, these are our picks—and Ortiz's recommendations—of the best, and chicest office perfumes...

1. Sol de Janeiro Mini Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 Beija Flor™ Hair & Body Fragrance Mist

RRP:$24 for 3.04 oz

If you're looking for an inexpensive option, that you can easily carry around in your work bag, look no further than the TikTok favorite, Sol De Janeiro Crush Cheirose 68.

It's a floral number with notes of Brazilian jasmine, pink dragonfruit, and sweet vanilla.

2. Being Frenshe Glow On Roll-On Fragrance with Essential Oils Bergamot Cedar

RRP: $14 for 0.84 fl oz

For another budget-friendly option that is also perfect for keeping in your work bag or on your desk is this roll-on fragrance from Ashley Tisdale's Being Frenshe brand.

Naomi, My Imperfect Life's Beauty & Lifestyle Writer looovees this scent: "For a roll-on, the staying power of this scent is incredible and when it does fade, it becomes the most dreamy skin-scent. It's also so unique with its warm and cozy blend of bergamot, fresh ginger, wildflowers and cedarwood. Every time I wear this perfume I get complimented!"

3. Glossier Glossier You Eau de Parfum

RRP: $64 for 1.7 oz

Glossier You is another great contender, with its now-iconic notes of pink pepper, iris and warm ambrox. This 'skin-scent' is perfect for the office and beyond, and even comes in a handy rollerball size, which will slip into your pocket or on-the-go makeup kit easily.

This scent is also a great swap for those who love warm and woody fragrances like Le Labo's Santal 33.

4. Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum

RRP: $220 for 1.7oz

Ortiz recommends woody notes if you're looking for a long-lasting scent that will keep you smelling like a dream all day long, enter Le Labo's Santal 33.

This cruelty-free perfume has base notes of cedarwood, sandalwood and leather, with top and middle scents of violet accord, cardamom, iris and ambrox.

5. Giorgio Armani Emporio Armani She Eau de Parfum Spray

RRP: $84 for 3.5oz

Ortiz says this scent has, "base notes of sandalwood and musk that sit below floral and fruity notes," making it a perfect, everyday fragrance.

6. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino

RRP: $180 for 1oz

Another super fresh option, with notes of Tunisian neroli, Italian bergamot and zingy Sicilian lemon.

7. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne

RRP: $155for 3.4oz

Another fresh and citrusy number, this Jo Malone scent features a tangy blend of pomegranate, Casablanca lily and spicy woody notes of guaiac wood.

8. Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning

RRP: $160 for 3.5oz

Ortiz also says flowery and clean scents are a good way to go for the office environment and Maison Margiela's Lazy Sunday eau de toilette is as clean as it gets. This perfume has floral notes of lily of the valley, iris and white musk.

9. Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum

RRP: $205 for 1.7 oz

This Byredo perfume is the perfect office scent thanks to its fresh but also warm and spicy aroma. Byredo's Blanche fragrance features scents of white rose, pink pepper, aldehyde, violet, neroli and peony—with long-lasting base notes of sandalwood, blonde woods and musk.

10. Diptyque Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette

RRP: $125 for 1.7 oz

This Diptyque scent is a classic, cult-favorite floral perfume, with its fresh but complex blend of orange blossom, angelica root, patchouli and juniper berry.

11. Chanel Chane Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette Spray

RRP: $136 for 3.4 fl oz

This green and fruity number boasts sumptuous notes of Grapefruit-Quince Accord intertwined with jasmine and white musks, for an intoxicating but light, long-lasting scent.

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.

Before working for Future Publishing's Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn't writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.

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Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum RRP: 1. Sol de Janeiro Mini Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’68 Beija Flor™ Hair & Body Fragrance Mist RRP: 2. Being Frenshe Glow On Roll-On Fragrance with Essential Oils Bergamot Cedar RRP: 3. Glossier Glossier You Eau de Parfum RRP: 4. Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum RRP: 5. Giorgio Armani Emporio Armani She Eau de Parfum Spray RRP: 6. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino RRP: 7. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne RRP: 8. Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning RRP: 9. Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum RRP: 10. Diptyque Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette RRP: 11. Chanel Chane Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette Spray RRP: