Scents do not belong in the workplace. Sense does, but not scents.
That includes perfume, cologne, after shave, and fragranced lotions. A waft of any of these detracts from a professional image. Do you want to be remembered for the way you smell or for what you know and do?
Socially, fragrances should be used with caution and a gentle hand. A room full of “just a little spritz” can easily be overpowering.
We’re increasingly, as a society, becoming sensitive to scents. Many offices have posted NO FRAGRANCES PLEASE at reception. We are being asked to respect others. Haven’t we all entered a room or elevator and been overwhelmed by the lingering scent?
This entry is triggered by a Tweet from a woman attending a ballet at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. I’m sure everyone was dressed nicely for this special occasion. The special outfit is often accompanied by a spritz (or two) of a favourite scent. Multiple one special spritz by several hundred. Gasp!
Less scent makes more sense. This is another sign that is used in public places to gently remind people of the power of fragrances. Make sense to you?