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Old 01-07-2009, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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This is a desperate plea to those who wear heavy perfumes or colognes. Please stop wearing them in the office.

In our office we have three people that I swear take a bath in whatever it is they wear and those of us with allergies have to suffer for the rest of the day.

If it's brought to their attention, they say it's not them but the other person. Or the usual...quit picking on me! Or...I have a right to wear what I want!

We are now petitioning management that if we have to leave because of this, the sick time should come from the stinky ones!

I swear I'd rather sit by a smoker than one that doses themselves with perfumes or colognes
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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While I dislike cigarette smoke intensely, I agree about the perfume and cologne. I don't wear perfume. It's been years since I did. I tend to get headaches when around 'cheap' toiletries (even expensive ones smell pretty badly overall).

I've also worked around some smelly people. That's just repulsive, too.

People, you know when you smell. Take a shower. Use deodorant or if you are against that, baking soda is a great natural alternative.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I had a supervisor who was a heavy perfume wearer. One of them gave me an allergic reaction (Id sneeze within minutes). I told her about it, and she did not wear it again...but lets say it didnt help my performance review.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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This was discussed in another thread, but the best way to overcome this is, if the company is big enough, over 25 employees, and has an HR dept. you can request that dept to put out a memo due to allergic reactions for persons to minimize their usage of perfumes and deodorants in the office. If the company is not that large, then you just need to tactfully mention it to these people that the slightest scent gives you an allergic reaction, you're not sure which one it is right now, and your specialist is trying to narrow it down. If they would be so kind as to help you find out what it is, you would appreciate it. Then go to the generic that is in all perfumes and deodorants.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Florida
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annoys the hell outta me to smell someone else's choice of scents in an office or ANYWHERE!!! In one office I worked in I kept telling a co-worker(who bitched and moaned about smokers) that if she kept wearing that perfume I would begin to smoke around her............she didn't-so I did. Sat right at my desk, lit up my Marlboro and blew smoke in her face.
We established a truce. She never wore perfume again.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Originally Posted by Kali's Grandma View Post
This is a desperate plea to those who wear heavy perfumes or colognes. Please stop wearing them in the office.

In our office we have three people that I swear take a bath in whatever it is they wear and those of us with allergies have to suffer for the rest of the day.

If it's brought to their attention, they say it's not them but the other person. Or the usual...quit picking on me! Or...I have a right to wear what I want!

We are now petitioning management that if we have to leave because of this, the sick time should come from the stinky ones!

I swear I'd rather sit by a smoker than one that doses themselves with perfumes or colognes
Well I would not go far as to want to sit next to a smoker. When they ask me if I mind if they smoke I tell them I dont care if they burn.

I too am alergic to perfume. It makes me sneeze. That dollar a gallon perfume that people buy from Walmart is more sickening then the worst body odor I ever smelled.

Next comes that aweful perfume soap that cost about 5 cents a bar. YUCK !!!! Then comes that horrible fruit scented hair spray. Whataya nuts? Scented hair spray?
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I have always used very simple watered down body spray. Enough to give me a pleasant smell if you're within 3 feet of me, but not enough for anyone else to notice. Luckily, I work with a bunch of mechanics, and I'm lucky if they remember deoderant
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Florida
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are you sure it's a pleasant and not an
offensive smell to others? Even watered down body spray sends me to the ER with a raging migraine. I would perfer smelly mechanics..........but that's just my opinion and experience with certain aromas.
I just don't "get" the need for those perfume, body spray, cologne odors. A good shower and light deodorant typically suffices.



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I have always used very simple watered down body spray. Enough to give me a pleasant smell if you're within 3 feet of me, but not enough for anyone else to notice. Luckily, I work with a bunch of mechanics, and I'm lucky if they remember deoderant
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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are you sure it's a pleasant and not an
offensive smell to others? Even watered down body spray sends me to the ER with a raging migraine. I would perfer smelly mechanics..........but that's just my opinion and experience with certain aromas.
I just don't "get" the need for those perfume, body spray, cologne odors. A good shower and light deodorant typically suffices.

I've never had a complaint, and if you're not hugging me you won't even notice. I only use natural scents (freesia, rose, lily etc.). I wear it because I like it, plain and simple. Nobody in my office wears more than body spray and you don't notice it until you walk by the person.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:40 PM
 
Location: SC
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Not only the perfume, but ......please do not bring anything with GARLIC, STRONG ONIONS, AND OR FISH products into the breakroom for lunchtime. You smell the entire office up. Leave that kind of food for home PUUUULLLLLLEEEAAAASSSEEEE !!!!
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