Sunday, August 3, 2014

Perfume and Aftershave and Company

Our recent company insisted on dousing himself in aftershave …uffda.  I aired out the house every morning…perhaps this is why he has trouble finding a gal.  Far Guy complained about the bad smell but it did no good.  One morning he said “OH ya I forgot that it bothers you.” duh??

The aftershave was really hard on Far Guy’s respiratory system.

Do you think it is tacky if I put a sign on the door that says “You may come in but leave your smelly perfumes and lotions in your vehicle.”  OR  “If you are wearing perfume or aftershave, shower with the garden hose/bathe in the snow bank before entering.” OR “NO perfume or aftershave allowed…wearers will be doused with aging hog shit.” ( I know where to get some real smelly stuff.) In all honesty I find the smell of hog shit to be much better than any perfume or aftershave out there.

If you are a perfume/aftershave wearer…you have possibly lost your sense of smell.  Oh you only wear a little bit?  A little bit is too much. Use downy or bounce fabric softener on your clothing…scented lotions or hand soaps?  Perhaps that is food for thought?

I opened up the windows upstairs turned on the exhaust fan for several hours after our company left…scrubbed down the bathroom and changed all the bedding to finally get rid of the horrendous “Brut” odor.  Smelly company is no fun. 

A few more days and I am certain he and I would have had some words…IF I could have gotten one in edgewise.  I had forgotten how he likes to talk ...non stop.  Good thing he doesn’t live closer…because eventually I would have stuffed a sock in his mouth.

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22 comments:

  1. My late dad's sister wears a ton of perfume. Over my lifetime, we asked her repeatedly not to wear the perfume around my late mom due to her asthma. After her visits, the chair she sat in would be saturated in her scent. If she rode in our car, the seat belt smelled like her perfume. Apparently some folks have no idea what it is like to have respiratory problems. It is selfish of them to continue to wear the "scents" after you ask them not to.

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  2. Company. It can be very trying.
    I remember when my mother - a smoker - would visit. This was long before people would sit outside of their own homes to avoid smoke in the house. And it was my mother. So I said nothing and thanked heaven that she was visiting in warm weather so I could open the windows.
    I can't imagine the amount of after shave this gentleman must have been wearing.
    And I think his single state is due not to his cologne, but to his cluelessness.

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  3. I am sensitive to scents and have asthma too boot. I also went through that sickness.you and far guy had this spring. I have no objection to people putting signs up on the door. The lung association here in Manitoba will give them out. At work it is another issue the younger gals don't get it. There certainly needs to be some education done on the importance of all places being scent free. Hope you get the smell out soon.

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  4. I also am sensitive to chemical smells, perfume being some of the worst. There was one lady who rode the bus every morning, and the first time she sat on the seat in front of me, I felt like I was being choked. After that, when she got on, I moved as far away from her as I could. Nobody else seemed to be as bothered as me. I don't see her any more and forgot about her until you mentioned your company.

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  5. Morning, I hear ya, a little goes a long way. I know what ya mean about the non stop talking, have a visiter from out of town who does the same, my ears hurt after she leaves, Blessings Francine.

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  6. Oh boy does this hit home for me. We stopped using anything with heavy scents a long time ago. Since then, I am sensitive to everything perfumey. Have you noticed the smell of scented dryer sheets on some of the clothes at the thrift store? I sell stuff on eBay, so I hang out there a lot. The clothes are actually coated in this stuff. I have to wash them in white vinegar to get it off.

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  7. Smelled bad and talked too much. And he is a friend because ???

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  8. I'm with you on finding strong scents extremely objectionable. It's funny how the scent permeates the whole house and takes a long time to disappear. The strong scenters just don't seem to get it.

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  9. I don't do well with heavy perfume smells either. Some ladies in church must bathe in the stuff!

    Remember when nearly every magazine came with those strong perfume strips. I could hardly stand having them in my house!

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  10. I feel for you! Sometimes I'm driven right out of the charity shops, as much as I love them, because everything is drenched in febreze. If I buy anything like yarn, it stays in the garage until I can wash it, sometimes more than once. And I've had to ask my daughter not to burn candles before I come over -- another source of chemical smells that everyone else seems to enjoy . . . .
    Somehow I don't think your guest would have taken notice of your signs, no matter how strongly worded!

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  11. I wear a little perfume every day because my partner loves the smell. I've been wearing it for years now and can't really smell it any more. But I don't wear TOO MUCH which is dreadful.
    People who won't take hints are impossible and they get so angry if you have to spell it out to them: my partner/husband cannot cope with your scent/aftershave. It makes him feel unwell. What's wrong with that? But no. They must have their HUGE smell that they inflict on everyone. So selfish. Brut? Oh dear. Is your ex-guest stuck in the 1970s?
    It's weird how people don't understand how important smell is. Scent, aftershave, smoke, dryer sheets…. I'd rather smell washing dried in the garden.

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  12. I think a motel would be in order if he comes back.

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  13. I had to chuckle at your use of uffda. My husband is from South Dakota, so I heard that often on visits. I don't wear perfume since I have some friends with allergies.

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  14. I used to wear fragrances, but I stopped when I noticed I was bothered by others wearing strong scents. Now almost all of my products are fragrance free. I do love my lavender hand lotion at bed time, though.
    Do you have to invite this guy back? I hope not.

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  15. I have gotten to where I can't stand smelly scents anymore. Sorry you had to put up with the smelly company.

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  16. I'm guessing he also doesn't read your blog....laughing!

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  17. I am not bothered by smells at all. Why one time I had a skunk sprayed hunting dog in the back seat of my station wagon and hardly noticed it while my son was barfing out the window on the passenger side. ... Oh I forgot to mention a virus took out most of my sense of smell in the 80's.

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  18. There are so many people with asthma or bad allergies around here that we learned a long time ago to forsake the notion that "smell pretty" stuff is socially appreciated. With Far Guy having had such a rough winter, respiratory-wise, you are certainly entitled to be up-front and firm with your needs..."assertive," I think, is the word you are entitled to claim for yourself.

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  19. I'm sensitive to too much perfume and after shave smells too!

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  20. I hate passing someone in a store where their smell about gags you.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  21. I don't like it when someone at church gives me a hug and then I smell like her the rest of the day. We had a person who sat our poodle and Button always came home smelly. The worse thing is to walk by a woman who has bad makeup on and you know that your going to get flooded with a lot of perfume. Men with mennen aftershave seems a rarity anymore but I don't like the smell either.

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  22. I hope he doesn't read your blog! LOL!
    Leah is extra sensitive to scents. I used to wear perfumes, but I don't anymore. And she can even tell when I have put certain hand lotions on before I meet her. Now I use the lotion bars she makes with coconut oil and we're fine. ;)
    I've worked at places where they didn't allow anyone to wear perfumes or colognes or any scents. There are some people here I can smell in the elevator or hallway long after they have passed. ;)

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