It recently occurred to me that scented products play quite a big role in my grooming regimen. I use Nivea’s Orange Blossom Body Wash when I shower. I moisturize with Nivea Extended Moisture Body Lotion, which is a subtle scent that disappears after application. Powder Fresh Lady Speed Stick is my deodorant, and a spritz of Kenzo Flower Eau De Parfum finishes off my outfit. 

I wash my hair with Pureology Perfect Platinum Shampoo and Conditioner. I style my hair with Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Perfect Blowout Creme and Redken Shape Factor Sculpting Cream Paste. And for very sentimental reasons, I use Jurlique Jasmine and Rose Hand Cream. My facial cleanser and moisturizer are fragrance-free.

I really do enjoy the whiff of a fresh floral or citrus fragrance. On some level, I equate the scent with feeling safe and loved because I would smell my Mama’s perfume when I cuddled up to her as a child. So it’s no surprise that these types of fragrances lift my mood and are comforting to me. I also feel fresher and more polished when I’m using scented products. For similar reasons I love the smell of Greg’s aftershave balm.

I am not allergic to scented products (neither is Greg), and I don’t work in a scent-free environment. To be considerate to those who are put off by strong fragrances, I’m sparing in my use of the eau de parfum. In the event that I know that someone I’m meeting during the day is allergic to scent or doesn’t like it, I don’t use any at all and I leave off my hand cream. If I worked in a scent-free environment, although I’d miss my scents, I would refresh my grooming regimen with a set of fragrance-free products.

When it comes to the scents other people wear, I enjoy them. But I’ve come to realize that I’m in the minority. So while I’m the first one to eagerly rip open the scent samples in fashion magazines, I’m also very conscious of the effect the scents I wear have on other people.

Over to you. Do you use scented products?