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Fitness and Weight Loss What are workout perfumes—and should you try them?

Just because you worked up a sweat doesn't mean you have to smell like it.

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The words exercise and perfume together may recall a junior-high locker room filled with clouds of too-sweet body mists, but hear us out.

According to the perfume subscription service Scentbird.com, one of the top new searches is for "workout fragrances," the theory being that users want help getting amped for the gym.

But what might pump you up could make someone else pass out, so we asked Anne McClain, founder and perfumer of Brooklyn's MCMC Fragrances, how to (responsibly) get away with scenting and sweating.

ROLL WITH IT.

Most fragrance sprays are alcohol-based and tend to have more wafting power (plus they can linger on clothing). Try an oil, which rolls directly onto your skin and keeps the fragrance farther away from your ellipticaling neighbor.

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STICK TO CITRUS.

Fruity or herbal notes, which are light and less noticeable to sensitive noses, are the scents most associated with energy. The aromatherapeutic properties of bergamot, for instance, found in Malin + Goetz Petitgrain Perfume Oil, have been shown to combat fatigue in studies. Avoid heavy notes like ouds, which are more distracting.

BE COURTEOUS.

Apply it 20 minutes before exercise so the most potent top notes can dissipate. This is particularly important for confined areas, like a yoga studio.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!

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