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A Fragrance for Every Career: Work It, Girl

  • If You Work in Retail …

    Jo Malone French Lime Blossom Eau de Cologne: Unless you’re required to wear a scent from your employer’s fragrance line, an ideal perfume for retail workers is fresh, light, green, or sweetly floral, in a not-too-strong concentration. ($55, Jo Malone)  Also try: Bulgari Eau Parfumee White Tea ($62, Sephora)

  • If You Work in Administration …

    DKNY Be Delicious: In any kind of office or customer-service setting, the best scent is one that’s light and unobtrusive, with fresh, citrusy, or marine scents. ($40, Sephora) Also try: Clinique Happy ($42.50, Macy’s)

  • If You Work in Health Care …

    Paraben-Free Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Body Butter: Many doctors, nurses, home health aides, and other health care workers choose not to wear fragrance, since it could aggravate physically sensitive or allergic patients. A better route is a fragranced lotion that gives off a warm and subtle, but never overpowering, scent. ($28, bliss) Also try: Almond Body Butter ($16, The Body Shop)

  • If You Work in Food Service …

    Demeter Rye Bread Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray: In a restaurant setting, it’s crucial that fragrance not overpower or compete with the aromas of the food. If you choose to wear a scent, pick one that’s reminiscent of food itself, perhaps even tailored to the restaurant’s cuisine. ($20, Demeter Fragrance) Also try: Demeter Tomato Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray ($20, Demeter Fragrance)

  • If You Work in Media …

    Lancome Magnifique Eau de Parfum: A job in news, advertising, or the online realm means you can express your individuality with a perfume that’s a bit more daring or statement-making. Spicy, warm Oriental notes create an air of sophistication and competence. ($65.50, Bergdorf Goodman) Also try: Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum ($138, Saks Fifth Avenue)

  • If You Work in Finance or Law …

    Chanel No. 5: In a male-dominated field (as many banks and law firms still are, sadly), the most appropriate scent is a classic and classy floral—traditional, feminine, and grown-up. ($61.50, Chanel) Also try: Prada Eau de Parfum ($57, Sephora)

  • If You Work with Children or the Elderly …

    Marc Jacobs Daisy – Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette: If you’re a teacher, home health worker, or nanny, soft florals and playful fruity notes are friendly to sensitive noses. ($70, Nordstrom) Also try: Stella McCartney Eau de Parfum ($72, Bloomingdales)

  • If You Own Your Own Business …

    Salvatore Ferragamo F for Fascinating: When you work for yourself, whether it’s as a wedding planner, a salesperson, an event designer, or a consultant, your style can help you create a personal brand. A bold, exotic fragrance with musky, sensuous notes can become your signature scent. ($65, Neiman Marcus) Also try: Giorgio Armani Mania Eau de Parfum ($65, Giorgio Armani Beauty)

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