General chatter - Geez! People! Lay off the cologne! PLEASE!

12-04-2007, 05:53 PM
We went out for our anniversary dinner last week. I'm glad it was at the end of the meal when that table behind us came in. Somebody there was wearing such strong cologne and in such a large amount. I could barely breathe. I had to go outside for a bit.

In my old age, I guess I'm getting more and more hypersensitive to cologne, perfume, scented candles, detergent, etc. I avoid the detergent aisle if at all possible. There are so many smells in that aisle. Of course, this time of year, there are a gazillion scented candles on display.

It is just so annoying to go to a nice restaurant and have to keep going outside to breathe. Some other people asked to be moved because of the smell. We were just about to pay our bill, so we didn't ask to move.

---->>>>the old gray mare......

12-04-2007, 06:28 PM
Happy anniversary, Miss Mare!!!

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12-04-2007, 07:04 PM
Oh good greif, that is so nasty. I cant stand the perfume and cologne smell though. I am so allergic. I start sneezing nonstop. Wonder if they got the hint when other patrans moved...geeze. My grandmother used to be the worst. She had no sense of smell and because of that, she would PILE on the perfume. I would choke and have to roll down the windows when i would drive her somewhere.

12-04-2007, 07:55 PM
Thanks, midwife!

Stacy, I know how horrible being couped up in a car can be. I used to wear cologne all the time. I never put it on that heavily. It's supposed to be a nuance not a bull dozer.

12-04-2007, 09:49 PM
In my old age, I guess I'm getting more and more hypersensitive to cologne, perfume, scented candles, detergent, etc. I avoid the detergent aisle if at all possible. There are so many smells in that aisle. Of course, this time of year, there are a gazillion scented candles on display.

I don't think it's an age thing, I personally have been this way for years. I don't like and don't use products with synthetic fragrances, be it shampoos, detergents, etc, because they bother me. Especially here in the US, the scent is so strong! I think that's the problem - then people, after using those products for years and also using cologne or similar, no longer have a sensitive sense of smell and can't tell when it's really too much!

12-04-2007, 10:01 PM
Happy Anniversary!!

I run a testing centre at a local college. And I sit right by the computer area. I remember the time this woman comes in to write a test. and MY GOD her perfume was SOOO strong I ended up with watery eyes and a headache that lasted me the whole day (even after she left).

That christmas, I asked hubby to buy me Chanel No.5 (never smelled it... or so I thought). But it's considered "the" feminine scent.

So I was looking around during my christmas shopping and found a sampler bottle. I spritzed myself and I ended up REMEMBERING that smell... same thing, red teary eyes, nasty headache and I was itchy where it spritzed my skin. Apparently I'M allergic to it lol. When hubby picked me up he asked me what was wrong... I told him I found my first nasty allergy... Chanel No.5... he swore LMAO (I guess he had bought it for me, luckily he saved the receipt).

12-04-2007, 11:40 PM
Happy Anniversary MARE...if it wan't OLD wasn't me...ha...if it was A WHOLE TON OF AXE...and I mean a TON! then it was my nephew!!!

12-05-2007, 12:26 AM
I agree and it's everywhere and different people, young and old. It's like their sense of smell isn't working or they are just so used to their smell they can't smell that they put a whole bottle of perfume on, yikes! I can totally understand why some jobs don't allow their employees to wear perfume. I like to smell good but I don't put on a lot...I use the lotion and layer with the perfume so it will last longer but it's not a strong perfume and I don't put a lot on. But I know what ya mean.

12-05-2007, 12:58 AM
Well, my mother is allergic to a lot of smells, so I grew up not wearing perfume, or any of that stuff. If you think about it, everything has a smell to it...from our shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, deodrant, detergent, and on and on....I think our society has become so overwhelmed with varying smells that we truly don't have a sensitive nose these days....

I personally buy things that don't have a smell to them.

12-05-2007, 12:59 AM
I hate when people wear scents like that, and will ask to be moved in a restaurant when it happens. Simply ruins my dinner! I was at a restaurant in Florida, where they had such a strong deodorizer in their bathroom (smelled like that gas station bathroom stuff!) that I couldn't stand to sit at a table anywhere near the bathroom.

12-05-2007, 09:45 AM
I can't stand when people wear perfume or cologne when they are traveling on an air plane. Um... confined space?! Apparently these people don't think that it would possibly bother anyone else! Its like being stuck in the middle of Macy's with no way out.

12-05-2007, 12:43 PM
I commute to work via bus. Nothing like getting stuck in traffic in a small, enclosed space with someone who's decided to bathe in a fragrance. Yuck! And one of the guys at work is a perfectly nice person, but sometimes he uses so much, the scent lingers when he merely walks by the hallway near my office (not even being in the office). I used to use cologne, but a friend pointed out that might be aggravating my sinus problems, so I stopped. Sure enough, sinus problems improved a lot. I sometimes use a lightly scented shampoo, soap, etc. But the obvious cologne is just too much. A lot of it doesn't even smell that great.

12-05-2007, 01:14 PM
Thank you for all the anniversary wishes.

While we're at it, let's add restaurant bathrooms. Ever been in one where a candle is burning? Or they have some sort of automatic scenter? We were in a very nice one and I had to be moved. Everytime someone went to the bathroom, the smell of that awful rosemary scented soap would waft its way to our table. The people there thought we were having an argument and that I was crying. When we were moved, it cleared up within 10 minutes.

12-05-2007, 06:51 PM
I actually don't mind the candles buring or the air freshner...considering the is much better.

Guess, I am not so senstive to smells...with the exception of someone pouring half a bottle of perfume on them.

12-05-2007, 06:58 PM
I actually don't mind the candles buring or the air freshner...considering the is much better.

I actually find the 'natural' odor much more acceptable than the cover up perfumes. I too am allergic to all scents. I bark lik a seal if I'm near it. Even some peoples deoderant sets me off. ;)

12-06-2007, 04:36 PM
ughh.. Sorry that happened to you especially on your anniversary dinner! I've always had a very sensitive nose. There are times I will smell something a good 5 minutes before everybody that I'm with does and by the time everybody else starts smelling it I'm usually sick to my stomach. I really try not to use heavy perfumes myself. I've actually stopped using perfume and switched to a light body spray from Bath and Body works and I only spray one time. I get so many compliments from it.

12-07-2007, 02:27 AM
You know I thought of this thread today while at Wally World...this girl had the worst cologne on, ick! We went in at the same time and ended up on the same aisle or an aisle or two over and her smell offense to anyone, but it smelled like some cheap cologne...and she poured the whole stinking bottle on her. I honestly don't know how these people can't smell themselves, or they do and they love it, lol.

But this thread got me to thinking and wondering if I put too much on. I layer it and when I put it on it smells so good and a little much, but after a few minutes I can't smell it. So I asked others if my perfume was strong/overpowering to them, fortunately it wasn't. They could smell it but had to get close so I am good, lol. But it's pretty bad when you can smell someone two aisles over in the store.

12-07-2007, 08:20 AM
Its like being stuck in the middle of Macy's with no way out.


12-07-2007, 04:56 PM
I remember walking to high school (18+ years ago) with my girlfriends, we always got stuck walking behind this gal walking by herself. We called her "Georgie girl" because even when she was in front of us 10 houses away, we could smell her Giorgio (or the cheap drugstore imitation brand) perfume wafting back at us. GAG! Ugh, just thinking about it makes me wrinkle my nose and I think I can actually "taste" it, do you know what I mean? Pfew!

ps. Happy belated anniversary Mare :hug:

12-07-2007, 11:53 PM
What a crabby thing to have happen on your anniversary. :(

I honestly don't understand how people who overuse perfume/cologne can't tell. I'm actually a really big perfume fan, but only when it's subtle - because there are some perfumes that will always remind me of certain people. Every time I smell Burberry "Weekend", I think of my cousin, and J'Adore by Dior reminds me so much of my mother, it's crazy.

So I don't think there's anything wrong with artificial scent per se, but like anything else it can be either used or abused.

12-08-2007, 04:23 AM
Since I used to work in an industry where perfume and scented lotion could get you "in trouble" I never wear it. I used to work at a winery and smells like that can dull the palate of wines.

Of course I'm also allergic to most scents. Lavender is about all I can handle these days, although I used to like Angel.

It would be nice if people would remember "a little dab will do ya!"

Happy Belated Anniversary Mare!

12-08-2007, 08:59 PM
My MIL puts on the whole bottle of Design perfume, can't stand that stuff now, I remember a great many times having to ride in the car with her and rolling down the window in the middle of winter. This is the same lady who claims she is allergic to scents and powders and things. I can't stand that scent that a lot earthy hippy people wear, starts with a P and it stinks like nobody's business.