An herbaceous, citrusy-smelling perfume that’s powerful — and a little taboo
It is, in general, not advised to light things on fire in your place of employment. But I was lucky enough to have once had a boss who didn’t really care about things being generally advised. She was a magic, self-described “woo-woo” leader who spritzed an “infinite love” mist in the conference room before meetings, helped me and my fellow editors interpret our natal astrological charts, and taught me how to clear away any out-of-sorts energy with a sage smudge stick (a bundle of dried sage leaves you light then let smoke as you wave it around the room or your body).
Unfortunately, as much fun as it is to sneak around with a sage stick, and even though I am fully convinced that it really does ward off bad juju or, at the very least, bacteria (I learned that white sage contains antimicrobial properties while I was completing aromatherapy certification), smudging it won’t fly in 99 public scenarios out of a hundred. But Viktor & Rolf’s Sage Spell perfume, part of the brand’s aptly named Magic collection, lets me waft a little sage around all day long. That is, without getting in trouble for being some sort of pyromaniacal aspiring sorceress.
The absinthe-and-sage scent has a clean, green aroma that calls to mind a very chic aftershave. And despite the femininity that its gold-plated, elegantly scripted, celadon-tinted flacon telegraphs, the scent is decidedly unisex and unsweet. In fact, its herbaceous, citrus-drenched sillage is so unapologetically powerful at first spritz that it needs to be applied with a bit of care. This is not the thing to mist with abandon before entering a confined space like a car or elevator, particularly if other unsuspecting humans will be with you. Like fancy wine, it’s at its best when it has a little time to breathe. Or, in this case, work its magic.