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    Default Women's fragrances appropriate for medical/mental health work?

    Hi, me again...

    I have looked through the forums, and I can't quite seem to find the answer I'm looking for, so I hope it's okay I'm starting a new thread about this...

    I work in the medical/mental health field, but only spend about 15 hours/week with clients or patients, the rest of my time is spent coordinating staff and doing administrative work. My clients don't seem to mind fragrance, in fact many of them tell me they enjoy it, but my coworkers are another story, of course. I work with AMAZING people, but many of them are a bit "crunchy" (I was raised by hippies myself, I get it!), and they don't really appreciate the fragrances I love (Chanel No.5, Black Opium, Live Colorfully, Lady Vengeance). I would like to stay on their good sides.

    What I'm looking for:
    A fragrance with lasting power for those long days on my feet, and probably something that is more green, aquatic, or aromatic (I think these are the correct families lol...). It should also have low projection and stay close to the skin. Lastly, I'd love something not too expensive, as I would be wearing it frequently (for me, this is less than $100/100 ml). Any thoughts or suggestions? Or direction to another thread you may know of that I missed? Thank you all!

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    For professional settings, I like vetivers, which are more traditionally masculine but are perfect for both men and women. Fresh, green, clean, but elegant and formal enough.

    Some of my favorite vetivers are expensive, but things like CDG Vettiveru work perfectly too.

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    ^^^ Agreed. Can't really go wrong with vetiver, and can't really do better than Guerlain Vetiver, for man or woman. And it's a bargain to boot.

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    Patchouli! I think there is some sort of relaxing benefit to it, and with so many options out there, from “crunchy” and dusty, to smooth and gourmandy, you can’t go wrong. If you don’t want to be too “dirty”, or earthy, or feel like you’re out of your element, try picking a patch with some kind of chocolate, honey, or vanilla notes added.
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    Default Re: Women's fragrances appropriate for medical/mental health work?

    I'm wearing Chanel Misia EDT today in order to revisit my initial take on it, and it occurs to me that it might work for you in the office setting - it's a beautiful soft rose.

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    l highly recommend Eau du Sud by Annick Goutal. lt's a fresh citrus-aromatic that smells just like the breeze on a Mediterranean hillside. Who could object to that?
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    Maybe Chanel No. 19 or a neroli like PdN Cologne Sologne?
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    I'm a RN on a busy med/surg floor. I wear almost any and everything in my wardrobe. It's been said that we shouldn't wear perfume around the patients, but most of them just love smelling something good. The last time I wore Une Rose, my patients and coworkers went on about how good I smell. I worked in a chemo infusion center at my previous hospital and I had one patient that would ask for me as soon as they got there. They always wanted to know what perfume I had on that day. I would even sit with them during their treatment because the perfume was comforting. I wore Elixir des Merveilles once and one patient would call me in the room just to smell me LOL! Alien and Alien Extraordinaire are ones that my patients like. They always refer to me as the nurse that smells good and wears a scarf on her head. I tell ya. On those rough nights, nothing calms me like a good whiff of myself. I imagine it has the same effect on some of my patients.
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    I think SJP Lovely would fit the brief. It was my theatre-going perfume for a while. It stays very close to the body, and while it is a floral musk it's also not very challenging.

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    Default Re: Women's fragrances appropriate for medical/mental health work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Maybe Chanel No. 19 or a neroli like PdN Cologne Sologne?
    I think No. 19 would be great as well.

    Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria collection would be worth taking a look at. Many of them have that transparent and minimalist feel.
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    Default Re: Women's fragrances appropriate for medical/mental health work?

    Ooh, such great suggestions from everyone ! And Divotologist, I loved your stories, it’s wondeful to hear from someone else in the field! And yes, the nurses at my clinic are not supposed to wear perfume either, but I definitely know of a few who get away with it, and they’re usually the patient favorites haha. As an administrator the rules are a bit more lax for me, except I have these silly coworkers who think drenching themselves in lavender essential oil smells fine, but can’t abide one spray of No.5 EDP. I love the suggestions of rose and patchouli, those seemed good to me too — but several people did NOT like Lady Vengeance, which makes me so sad.

    Definitely going to be trying many of these recommendations, I’m especially interested in Annick Goutal Eau du Sud, and of course Chanel Misia and No.19 (that’s already at the top of my Must Buy list!). Oh, and Guerlain Vetiver...

    Thank you all so much!

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    Had to stop on this thread. Mental health has been an interest over the last 5 years - almost simultaneous with my dive into the fragrance world (someone go figure!!)

    Firstly respect to the work you're doing!

    Initially I was gonna say something lavender based and would definitely +1 on the vetivers and neroli. All pretty cool, clean and ones can be had to be a big or as discreet as is suitable.

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    I have to call on—

    Mugler Cologne

    As a true cologne, it works on guys and gals.

    It's my one job interview fragrance and my first everyday wear for years. You'll smell like you just put on fresh scrubs.

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    Props for the work you do.

    If they’ve complained about anything, definitely avoid wearing it at work.

    I was going to say that Lady Vengeance has a lot of woody aromachemical in it, based on my memory, and those materials can cause headaches for some people, myself included. Maybe something like Pour Une Homme by Caron (male-marketed soft lavender) wouldn’t bother your coworkers’ sensibilities. I also liked the Eau de Sud and Cologne Sologne suggestions. Something natural and close to the skin would be best. Have you checked out the work of Mandy Aftel? Or Hiram Green?

    A solid perfume might also fit the bill. Enjoyable for you, but close to the skin.
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    I work at a rehab, and also like to wear a scent at work ( but not suppose to) In general I tend to wear Elixir de Merveilles, Sycomore, No 19, Infusion d'iris, Datura noir, NR For her, Tam dao , Jicky and sometimes Prada Candy and Sa majeste la rose. Also citrus centered scents.
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    Default Re: Women's fragrances appropriate for medical/mental health work?

    Or you could go with something beautiful, but slightly innocuous like Santa Maria Novella's Muschio or Muschio Oro

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I think No. 19 would be great as well.

    Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria collection would be worth taking a look at. Many of them have that transparent and minimalist feel.
    I'm joining in with a Chanel No.19 recommendation, especially since you already enjoy this perfume house, and coincidentally, am in the same field. I find that I can get away with many of my scents if I adjust application to reduce sillage. Once in a while I wear Chanel no. 22, which is an aldehydic queen, and sister to your beloved No. 5, but allow myself a single modest spritz to one wrist. It is enough for me to enjoy all day, without crossing boundaries at work.
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    Default Re: Women's fragrances appropriate for medical/mental health work?

    Yay, more suggestions and bumps for some of the same! After reading all your wonderful replies, I have narrowed it down to No.19 and Eau du sud. Going to be purchasing 19 soon, as I know I love it, and it looks like I can order a sample of Eau du Sud from frangencenet. ☺️☺️ Thank you all again!

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    Personally, I'd wear Mure Et Musc Extreme if going to hospital to visit anyone, because it smells good but not like perfume, and because I love it. But honestly, anything, judiciously applied, seems OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL View Post
    But honestly, anything, judiciously applied, seems OK.
    Exactly what I was coming here to say. I honestly think you can wear a discreet touch of anything.
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    Default Re: Women's fragrances appropriate for medical/mental health work?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeachieOs View Post
    Yay, more suggestions and bumps for some of the same! After reading all your wonderful replies, I have narrowed it down to No.19 and Eau du sud. Going to be purchasing 19 soon, as I know I love it, and it looks like I can order a sample of Eau du Sud from frangencenet. ☺️☺️ Thank you all again!
    No 19 you can't go wrong with. I think you'll enjoy it very much

    I'd also recommend for you to try out the flanker chanel no 19 poudre.
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    Default Re: Women's fragrances appropriate for medical/mental health work?

    Have you tried Eau de Campagne by Sisley? Or perhaps Creed Original Vetiver?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    For professional settings, I like vetivers, which are more traditionally masculine but are perfect for both men and women. Fresh, green, clean, but elegant and formal enough.

    Some of my favorite vetivers are expensive, but things like CDG Vettiveru work perfectly too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL View Post
    Personally, I'd wear Mure Et Musc Extreme if going to hospital to visit anyone, because it smells good but not like perfume, and because I love it. But honestly, anything, judiciously applied, seems OK.
    Both excellent fragrances but lasting power is not their strong point imo

    Maybe Lolita Lempicka would suit you?

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    One pal in the medical profession adamantly says no fragrance AT ALL.

    On the other hand, I have smelled Avon Haiku and Oscar de la Renta on some health professionals. I asked.
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