8 of the best office perfumes for a signature and professional scent, according to the experts

Want a perfume that embodies all things chic, from 9 to 5? These are the ultimate scents to wear to the office...

Best office perfumes: scents from Glossier, Byredo, Sol De Janeiro, Diptyque and Le Labo in a light purple/ pink template
(Image credit: Glossier/Byredo/Sol De Janeiro/Diptyque/ Le Labo)

Whether you've got a job interview or are punching the clock, your signature, professional scent is just as important as your work capsule wardrobe. So, we've asked the experts which perfume notes make for the best office perfumes... 

When it comes to the best perfumes, you want a scent—whether it's a floral perfume or a vanilla number—to leave a lasting, good-smelling impression, especially with your colleagues. A dreamy aroma can also do wonders for our confidence and make us feel totally put-together and dare we say, grown up! So, when you consider all these factors, having an ace perfume game is essential in the workplace.

So, to that end,  these are the best long-lasting perfumes to keep you smelling darn good from 9 'til 5 (or whatever hours you work!), according to the experts...

MIL's edit of the  best office perfumes

So, before we delve into the technical stuff about what perfume notes to opt for, let's first skip to the fun part...aka, shopping! If you're looking to add a new scent to your work routine, these are our picks—and Natalia Ortiz, Chief Commercial Officer at The Fragrance Shop's recommendations—of the best, and chicest office perfumes...

Office perfumes: which notes to opt for?

So, regardless of whether you prefer an oud perfume or 'skin scent' (like Niall Horan's favorite cologne), what fragrances give off chic and boss b***h vibes?

Ortiz has shared some insights on what notes will give you a good-smelling reputation but won't overpower your colleagues...

What perfume notes are ideal for a long work day?

Ortiz says to focus on the base notes when it comes to selecting a long-lasting scent, adding: "Base notes are what's left once the top and middle notes evaporate throughout the longer you wear them. Woody notes tend to have a heavier structure and strong staying power, so fragrances such as Armani Emporio She EDP."

If you're wondering where to spray your perfume so it lasts all day, Ortiz says: "The best places to spray for a long-lasting scent is on your wrists, behind your ears on your neck and your inner elbows. A tip is to go for areas where the vein sits close to the skin, focusing on your pulse points." You can also try scent layering and mixing your perfume with your lotion, to both your scents longevity.

Best scents for boosting confidence and professionalism

As for which aromas you should opt for, to make you feel and smell like a million bucks, Ortiz says: "Notes that make people feel confident vary from the activity they're doing, who're they seeing and the time of day. We all have our fragrance wardrobes where in the day, wearing a florally scent might make us feel confident in our job, or wearing a musky scent might bring out our confidence when meeting new people."

Ortiz adds: "Professional perfume notes commonly include those that smell crisp, sharp but not overpoweringly so. Look for clean scents such as fresh linen, bergamot, apple, white florals, vanilla and lemon/citrus notes." Lemon scents are also tipped as a must in your spring perfume arsenal, so you'll be ticking two boxes with a new zingy, citrus scent.

If you're on the hunt for a perfume that will boost your confidence and inspire you, Ortiz recommends 'complex' scents, "made with unique notes or a blend of scent families such as fruity scents with a leathery undertone. Something like Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire (available at The Fragrance Shop)," this fragrance features rich notes of cognac, with a floral kick of magnolia.

Best perfume notes for working from home

If you work from home but still want to immerse yourself in a motivating, professional scent, that will help you focus and feel like you're ready for the day—even if you're still sporting your favorite comfy loungewear—Ortiz recommends opting for something light, like a floral body mist, as opposed to an eau de parfum.

She says: "Working from home, you might not be as conscious to wear perfume if you're not going anywhere, and instead, opt for a body spray such as Chanel Eau Fraiche Sheer Moisture Mist—which has a fresher, sparkling floral scent for easy wearing without feeling like you haven't gotten ready for the day."

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.