As the world continues to adjust to the new normal of remote work, people are finding new ways to create a productive and inspiring environment at home. One unconventional solution that has emerged is the use of “work-from-home” perfumes, which aim to recreate the familiar scents of the office to help improve focus and motivation.
The idea of using scents to improve productivity is not new, as aromatherapy has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and concentration. However, the concept of work-specific fragrances is a recent development. These scents are designed to mimic the smells of a typical office, such as the scent of coffee, printer ink, and even dry erase markers.
One company that has embraced this trend is DefineMe Fragrance, which offers a “Work From Home” perfume kit that includes four scents: “Boardroom,” “Corner Office,” “Open Concept,” and “Break Room.” Each scent is meant to evoke a different aspect of office life, from the sophistication of the boardroom to the casual atmosphere of the break room.
According to the company’s founder, Jennifer McKay-Newton, these scents can help users create a more productive and focused mindset, even when working from home. “Our sense of smell is a powerful tool for creating memories and associations,” she explains. “By recreating the scents of the office, we can help people get into the right headspace for work, even if they’re not physically in the office.”
Other companies have also jumped on the bandwagon, offering their own versions of work-from-home perfumes. For example, Heretic Parfum offers a “Dirty Grass” scent that is said to evoke the smell of freshly cut grass and “the outdoorsy feeling of being on a weekend hike.” Meanwhile, Commodity offers a “Book” scent that aims to replicate the smell of an old library, complete with notes of leather, vanilla, and vetiver.
While some may view these scents as gimmicks, others swear by their effectiveness. Research has shown that certain scents can have a powerful impact on mood and productivity, and many people have found that work-from-home perfumes can help them stay focused and motivated throughout the day.
Of course, these scents are not a substitute for a well-designed home office and a disciplined work routine. However, they can be a fun and innovative way to add a little extra motivation to your day, especially if you’re missing the smells of the office. So why not give it a try and see if a spritz of “boardroom” or “break room” can help you power through your next Zoom meeting?