When someone introduces themselves to me or hands me a business card and I enjoy the scent of their cologne or perfume, it makes them seem more polished and put together. On the other hand, if I find the smell overpowering or unpleasant, it makes the person wearing it seem sleazy. I would wear perfume, if I found one that suited me and didn’t cause headaches.
Do you feel more professional when you wear perfume?
What have you found that doesn’t cause irritation, headaches and can be tolerated all day?
It just seems so much more professional to me. You remember someone that smells good. Think I’m basing too much on scent? Well, according to Livescience.com, “Many things in the environment, including verbal and physical cues, can influence how we perceive others. New research presented by Nicole Hovis and Theresa White of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., shows that certain smells can influence a first impression.”
So, scents can help create a lasting impression! Does the smell of fresh linen remind you of your grandmother’s house? Does the smell of homemade chicken noodle soup take you back to childhood, when you were sick in bed? Does the smell of a carnation remind you of your first school dance? Scent is more powerful than you realize. No one wants to be exposed to a foul smell and they certainly don’t want to be the cause of it!
Through an experiment, “researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that it’s possible for people to smell emotions, like fear or disgust through excreted chemical signals. In turn, smelling those chemosignals provokes the same sort of emotional response: Smelling fear chemosignals provokes a facial expression indicative of fear.” You can read more about this fascinating study here. I had no idea emotion was so closely linked with smells.
Here are a few things to consider on your search for your perfect scent:
- Choose a scent that compliments your natural body chemistry.
- Consider which perfume will suite the occasion best.
- Choose a fragrance that will project a positive image but, in a discreet way.
- Overwhelmingly sweet or strong scents should always be avoided as well as those that linger after you’re gone.
- Less is more. Always use in moderation.
- Your cologne or perfume should only be perceived when someone approaches you. Detecting the scent should be a personal privilege. It should not wafting through the entire office as soon as you walk in.
- Scents should be used to enhance your personal presentation, not to mask.
Finding the perfect perfume or cologne can be tricky. You can find more tips on this site. Many people with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome also suffer from MCS. MCS, multiple chemical sensitivity, causes a negative reaction to chemicals, such as those found in fragrances, cleaning supplies, medications and other household products. MCS can turn a pleasant stroll through the mall into a chemical danger zone. Do department stores still employ people to douse you with a variety of scented chemical concoctions as you pass by?
For me, so many smells trigger headaches. I don’t wear perfume but some occasions seem to call for it. I think it’s important to consider others when choosing a scent as well. After all, it’s for them. It’s going to help them remember you. You don’t want people remembering you because of the pain and nausea you caused. Subtly is key! According to this article from about.com, “not everyone with MCS is sensitive to the same things: one person may be unable to be in the room with someone smoking or wearing scented lotion, but be fine at the gas station; meanwhile, someone else can handle hygiene-product fragrances but gets sick around pesticides and cleaning products. Someone else may have problems with all of those things.” So, if you know someone with a chemical sensitivity, ask them if your cologne or perfume is bothersome.
Well+Good has compiled a list of natural perfumes. They are made with essential oils, plant extracts and other natural fragrances. They range in price just like any perfume but these are handcrafted in small batches. If you want designer scents like, Armani and Gucci but without all the chemicals, try Nantucket Natural Oils. They specialize in 100% natural perfumes and colognes as well as beautiful hand blown glass bottles.
Stay sexy, Spoonies!