"Moore, an evaluator with the Fragrance Foundation, says perfume is not the expression of power it was for women in the Eighties but has instead become part of the daily grooming routine ''and that's not about to change''. ''Wearing fragrance is quite acceptable now but there still have to be certain codes for work,'' she says. ''Fragrance is an incredibly personal thing - the olfactory memory is primal and how you smell fragrance is unique to you. Everyone has preferences and sensitivities.'' One women's Beautiful is another's Poison. Which is where the problems emerge at the office."
The environment of the office is a minefielf of potential faux pas of every conceivable magnitude. When fragrance, one of the most subjective and highly personal things a human being can use, mingles, the situation can be explosive. But is it better than body odour? In a turn of phrase that recalls Mad Men imagery, Natasha Huges writes: "There was a time when the office was a lot smellier - when real men
didn't wear deodorant, people smoked at their desks, air-con was
non-existent and dry-cleaning a luxury."
That time wasn't too far back. But that should probably not be carte blanche for overdousing with potent fragrances in the workplace; the only subtle point is there are no rules, so we make them as we go along.
Read the whole article on the Casey Weekly.
And you, do you have examples of toxic perfume (or BO) in your workplace? Please share them in the comments.
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