The Scent of a Doctor

How do you want your clinician to smell? I think there’s a place for a subtle, understated scent for the gentleman doctor in clinic. Scents add to an experience, provide an environment that may endorse comfort and relaxation for the patient. Here’s my summary of my quest for a proper doctor’s scent wardrobe. Should my female colleagues wish to offer their own suggestions for women doctors’ scents, I welcome the submissions.

Aftershaves or scents in the clinic should be subtle and friendly, and have a place in the clinic with a pleasant, barely-detectable presence.

  • The Bug, by Gorilla Perfume, Lush  – Good clinician’s scent, but the Bug is a little too strong for the clinic.  It Is clean and fine. It is an entirely fit scent for the gentleman doctor to wear at a conference in an open space.  It has perhaps more sillage than is fit for the clinic.  After a few hours, it settles down to passiable.  Apply at 6AM for clinic at 9:00 AM  Might not wear.
  • No. 4711 by Echt Kolnisch Wasser A friendly, sunny scent at the open, which settles into a mellow and entirely suitable scent for the clinic.  It fades, however, very quickly, within two hours. On at 7:00 AM, mellowed down in minutes, gone by 9:00 AM. If understatement is your principle, and you won’t mind being fragrance-free at the end of the morning, this is a fine scent for the gentleman doctor.  Wear.
  • Encre Noire by Lalique. Perhaps passable, very artificial, industrial, just not a clinic scent.  Don’t wear.
  • Duel, by Annick Goutal. Just reviewed.  Great for clinic.  Tea scent, clean.
  • Silver Mountain Water, by Creed Fine for clinic.  Doesn’t have much staying power.  Has a fresh smell; I called it “How Sister Bertrille’s undergarments would smell after a wash.”  That is meant to be cynical.  I have not ever smelled Sr. Bertrille’s or any other undergarments.