Originally Posted by Agent Provocateur
need your help!
So, I wanted to ask you to help me compile a list of low-sillage / skin scents that perhaps I would still be able to wear to the office.
Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated
Agent Provocateur, I'm so sorry to hear about that experience! Unfortunately, Canada is becoming quite unfriendly to perfumes, more than any other country. Most work places ask their staff to avoid scent. Personally, I've always ignored this request (except for when I'm visiting places such as the lung departments in hospitals) as I know that my scents are never worn in an offensive matter. I fact, in many cases I noticed that some people's hair spray or body lotions or deodorants probably smell stronger sillage-wise than how I wear my perfumes.
There was an interesting article about this in AdBusters magazine last year. The writer, even though himself suffers from chemical sensitivity, concluded that while perfume-wearers should wear their perfumes in a considerate manner (i.e.: not bathe in their cologne minutes before entering a packed bus), people with chemical sensitivities should also be considerate and accepting of the fact that other people like to wear fragrance from time to time (as long as they wear it in a friendly and considerate quantity). I couldn't agree with him more. I don't think it is reasonable to have a ban on perfume. Or tell people not to wear this perfume or the other. It is, however, reasonable to ask people to tone down their application of perfume if it seems too strong for most of the people around them.
The one thing that affects sillage more than anything else in my opinion is the method by which the scent was applied. I find that when sprayed, the sillage is greater. There are several reasons for that:
a) it covers a larger portion of your skin, and there is more skin and body warmth to lift up the scent and diffuse it in the air
b) the scent when sprayed also hits spots that were not intended for spraying, such as articles of clothing or hair, which hold the scent longer and the scent will be more persistent that way (rather than dissipating like it does on a person's warm skin)
Whichever scent you chose, you may want to consider dabbing it instead of spraying. Or reducing the amount of perfume you apply. If you don't have the choice to dab your fragrance (i.e.: you don't feel like decanting every single perfume you have in your collection, if your collection is as huge as some of the Basenoters here!), you could, alternatively, apply your perfume as follows:
Spritz one spritz really close to the skin on one wrist, as to avoid contact with clothes, hair, etc. Than touch your other wrist with your perfumed wrist, and repeat applying the perfume this way to your neck if desired. If you keep it down to 1-2 spritzes applied that way, I think you'll be ok (unless you are wearing the really high sillage ones, such as Angel or Poison etc. - in that case you may need to tone it down even more by using a toothpick to apply the scent :-D - just kidding of course!).
As far as specific perfumes go - I find most of the classics in parfum form to stay very close to the skin.
From the more recent releases, ones that could be considered "skin scents" are Lovely, Pure Turquoise, Narciso Rodriguez - but only when applied very lightly. Again, you may want to opt for a roll on or parfum version of these rather than the spray.