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"Nose-to-Nose" Wednesdays - January 19, 2011

We get a lot of questions here at the niche and we have a lot of ideas we’d like to share. You know, opinions, points of view – the kind of thing that deserves more than one or two lines in a perfume description. So, every Wednesday we’re going "Nose-to-Nose" and talking about stuff, devoting the day’s post to whatever’s on our minds, perfume-wise.

For example, when we were quoted in the Style section of the Toronto Globe and Mail on the January 8th we got quite a few e-mails. Here’s one that seems to be top-of-mind for perfume lovers:

“After years of searching I have found my new scent but I have a co-worker who claims she is allergic (to just about everything). She dictates the hand soap we use in the office, etc. I think she just likes thing her own way. I personally can't stand the pure essential oil she wears every day, but I keep my mouth shut. My dilemma: should I wear (subtly) my lovely new fragrance, or save it for my days off?”
(Note: The original e-mail has been edited for privacy).

Gwen’s reply:   
“This is a common dilemma. The difference between an allergy and a preference can often get blurred. As well, you raise the hoary issue of control. Living by someone else's rules, based on fact or imagination, can be drag.

At the end of the day though, the best thing to do is to rise above it, lead by example and wear your beloved new scent on your days off.
 
 After all, why waste the good stuff when it won't be appreciated?”

 
Kay’s reply:   
“I'm with Gwen on this one - sounds like a control issue.

However, you could try spritzing a small amount of your fragrance on a cotton ball or pad, and tuck it into the front of your bra. It will probably be discreet enough that your co-worker won't smell it, but you can enjoy it.

If she complains, just toss it in your handbag….”

What do you think about wearing perfume at work – is it OK, or not OK? You could win 3 manufacturer’s samples of fab niche perfumes which will be chosen by a random draw - just leave a comment. But.... you have to post your comment (and a real opinion, not just "I agree") by midnight, Friday January 21st.

 

Perfume on the job

At a previous job one of my co-workers used to wear Eternity every day. I hated it because it gave me an instant headache, which I told her, but she didn't care. Where I work now it's not allowed, which is OK, but sometimes I feel like wearing one of my own perfumes during the day. So it's a problem, but I think I prefer the freedom of not having a headache, more than the freedom of wearing perfume in the office. Sad, but true.

Re: Perfume on the job

At my previous job one of my co-workers was a headache - and that had nothing to do with perfume!
I agree with you, much as I love perfume, it's not worth having a headache - takes other fun right out of it.
This entire discussion of wearing perfume at work really is about repsect. Besides, there is very little pleasure in wearing a gorgeous frag if it causes someone discomfort whether it's real or imagined.
 

IN MY OPINION

IN MY OPINION PERFUME SHOULD BE WORN EVERYWHERE.BUT OF COURSE SOME PEOPLE DONT AGREE IF ITS TOO STRONG...MY MOM ALWAYS SAID IN ORDER TO GET JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PERFUME ON ...JUST SPRAY THE AIR IN FRONT OF YOU THEN WALK THRU....IT WONT BE AS STRONG AS JUST SPRAYING ON ONE OR TWO SPOTS FULL BLAST...!!ANYWAY THATS HOW I ALWAYS DO IT....A BREATH OF FRESH AIR SO TO SPEAK....NOT TOO OVERPOWERING...

Re: IN MY OPINION

Ahh, the walking through the spritz - I remember doing that with big frags like Opium. I still like a blast from the past, but wearing lighter concentrations closer to the skin can be less invasive if you have to consider people's sensitivities to scent.
 
 

It's a tricky subject

Allergy? Sensitivity? Or I just don't like how you smell? This is a tricky area, especially since the word "allergy" gets thrown around with little regard for what it actually means. Some people do have genuine allergies to specific perfume ingredients; others have sensitivities but not allergies to some of those ingredients; and then there's the control contingent who just want to tell others what to do and who, frankly, like being the centre of attention. Their colds are always worse than yours--as is any other health issue, personal crisis or professional hiccup. They just love being upset/hard done by/victimized. And I have very little patience for them.

That said, some fragrance lovers are INSANE in their usage of perfume. I've known people who spray on 6,7, 8 spurts. IT'S TOO MUCH! Sometimes it's because they wear the same 'fume all the time and can't smell it anymore--and so keep spritzing on more and more because it takes a super-dose for their nose to wake up and smell it again. Don't want to be that person? Switch up your perfume! That way, your nose won't get used to one scent, you'll be able to smell and enjoy it with fewer spritzes and you'll dramatically reduce the likelihood that you'll wear so much that you'll offend others.

On the work front: I wear perfume every day. One or two light spritzes to my wrists. I've never had a complaint. And I save the big scents (the ouds and biiig florals) for non-work time because I want the people I work with focused on what I say and do and not distracted by how I smell.

Wearing perfume at work

I read the comments about wearing perfume at work and I found your answer very wise. It is uselss to waiste it for people who don’t appreciate. She can wear it the days off. It is also very difficult to argue with a person like her colleague who is more bossy than allergical.

I think one can wear a light eau de toilette at work, or just put a moisturising perfumed body lotion matching with your usual perfume.

I like your website, congratulations !

I think it should be okay to

I think it should be okay to wear perfume to work. I do. Every day. I think as long as you're being discreet about it, as in- not bathing in it - then you're okay. I like Kay's suggestion about the cotton ball. That way, you can ditch it if she still complains. I'm all for respecting someone's health, but it sounds to me like the above situation is more about control and preference as opposed to an allergy. Thanks!

Re: I think it should be okay to

Hi Maggie,
Your comment is sensible and perfectly reasonable - thanks for commenting.

Perfume at work

I have real perfume allergies and when people wear clouds of perfume at the office I really suffer. People should be mindful of others.