8 Perfumes to Wear to the Office

Ideas for Work-Appropriate Fragrances That Won't Overwhelm Co-Workers

When it comes to wearing perfume at work, it's wise to tread carefully. Some offices ban fragrance entirely, out of sensitivity to employees with allergies or aversions to scent, so check your workplace's policy. Even if perfume is allowed, it's important to choose a light scent that won't annoy or overpower your co-workers. With that in mind, here are our top picks for office-appropriate perfumes.

Elie Saab. Nordstrom

A lovely light and refreshing fragrance that's not too heavy for day, Elie Saab's perfume is, according to the company, "a harmony of white flowers, cedar woods and a drop of honey," all of which, "creates an encounter as feminine as the trail of an evening gown. An addictive, refined fragrance with a Mediterranean spirit. The exceptional in the everyday."

Works for me. 

Notes: orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, rose, cedarwood.

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 This is hands-down my current favorite perfume. I wear it to work, on weekends, at nights. It just works. It smells divine. 

It's the first fragrance created by renowned women's designer Tory Burch. Like Burch, it screams feminine and tomboy, easy and polished. I love how the floral notes -- peony and tuberose -- blend with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli. All of this is anchored by earthy vetiver—a bright and complex mix. 

Notes: Neroli, Grapefruit, Cassis, Bergamot, Peony, Tuberose, Jasmine Sambac, Vetiver, Sandalwood.

This modern, light floral concoction is elegant and appropriate for work. Mandarin orange combines with an iris heart and woody base notes, for a lovely, gentle effect that stays very close to the skin. It's a subtle and ladylike scent that won't drift over the cubicle wall.

Chanel Eau Vive. Nordstrom

This fragrance has all the sophistication of Chanel, but in a light, bright, airy fun way, making it perfect for the office. It's not overpowering and lasts all day. It's mostly a floral scent with invigorating grapefruit, blood orange, jasmine, cedar and iris notes.  More »

Try this airy and feminine scent for summer. Mandarin orange and pink grapefruit blend with crisp floral notes for a fruity-floral effect that's sure to get smiles at in the elevator.

As a busy business magnate herself, Donna Karan is expert at creating fragrances that are wearable for work. Cashmere Mist is one of her best, a powdery chypre-floral scent blend built on jasmine, sandalwood and vanilla notes, that's feminine but light enough for office-wear.

This fresh and cheerful fragrance is a friendly choice for the office. Top notes of reed stems and wild mint mingle with freshwater florals and peach, creating a scent that’s light, feminine and clean.

Marc Jacobs brings his signature cool chic to this fragrance, which beautifully captures the essence of autumn. A mature concoction of amber, tonka bean and cashmere wood, with cinnamon and bark in the middle notes. Wear this one if you're the boss - or want to be.