PERFUMES AT WORK

Save the sweetie-pie florals for the weekend and the sexy, in-your-face musks for date nights. When you’re at the office, you want your fragrance to be classic and elegant. BY JOIE GOH

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Save the sweetie-pie florals for the weekend and the sexy, in-your-face musks for date nights. When you’re at the office, you want your fragrance to be classic and elegant. BY JOIE GOH

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Ralph Lauren Tender Romance EDP, $116 (50ml), $149 (100ml)

If you love all things romantic, this graceful, ladylike scent is great for work. A slightly more mature take on fruity-florals, this delicate oriental blend of pear, ginger, jasmine and magnolia, rounded off by soft cashmere and musk base notes, goes hand-inhand with ballerina flats and a silk blouse.

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Chloe Love Story EDT, $90 (30ml), $158 (50ml)

When you work in an open-plan office or are at close quarters with your colleagues, you don’t want your perfume to be obnoxiously overpowering. This refined bouquet of orange and plum blossoms is both sophisticated and pleasant, surrounding you with a cloud of flowers without spreading its heavy sweetness to neighbouring noses.

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Jo Malone Jade Leaf Tea Cologne, $500 (175ml)

Citrus scents usually tend to be light, but not this elegantly fresh and spicy concoction. Bittersweet pomelo meets the smooth, green notes of sencha tea, and is enhanced with an androgynous woody element from fir resin. It’s a blend as crisp as a white linen shirt.

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Burberry Brit For Her EDP, $172 (100ml)

Modern yet timeless, the original iconic fragrance gets a new look while its scent remains unchanged and enduring. Here, candy-sweet vanilla and sugared almonds meet crisp pear and lime in a scent for those who appreciate quality over fads.

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Atkinsons My Fair Lily EDP, $240 (100ml)

Inspired by Eliza Doolittle from the classic musical My Fair Lady, the sublimely timeless fragrance with notes of wild camomile, patchouli and rhubarb is centred around the aromatic Casablanca lily. Definitely a cubicleto- cocktails kind of fragrance that’s suitable for all occasions.

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Dior La Collection Privee Christian Dior La Colle Noire EDP, $390 (125ml), $560 (250ml)

Named after Christian Dior’s cherished private chateau where he planted a lush garden of roses and other fragrant blooms, this boasts a rich bouquet of roses with the warm, spicy notes of musk, sandalwood and Madagascan clove. The scent stays close to the skin, never overpowering the wearer – or bothering the people around her.

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Calvin Klein CK2 EDT, $60 (30ml), $80 (50ml), $106 (100ml)

For the minimalist with a monochromatic work wardrobe, Calvin Klein’s 2016 answer to its hit unisex fragrance CK One of 1994 is this urban, woody cologne that’s an unusual combination of wasabi, wet cobblestones and concrete blended with green vetiver and smoky incense. It’s unexpectedly chic on women.

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Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP, $110 (30ml), $150 (50ml), $190 (100ml)

Even though the bottle looks like a clutch you’d carry while wearing a skintight dress and sky-high heels for a hot night out, the juice is surprisingly wearable by day. Juicy plum, amber and vetiver make a sweet yet elegant cocktail that’s softened with powdery iris and orris root. You won’t smell out of place in the office.

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Giorgio Armani Sun di Gioia EDP, $99 (50ml), $119 (100ml)

Bring some sunny cheer into a drab grey office with this warm, uplifting cocktail of tropical flowers. Heady frangipani and jasmine mingle with creamy vanilla and coconut, balanced with powdery iris and a hint of citrus.

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