"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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