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Do You Avoid Wearing Fragrance to Avoid Offending Other People?

At Sugar HQ, we all love to sample scents, especially in and around the Bella corner. But out of courtesy to the entire office, we do our spritzing and sampling out of smelling range. I think we've all sat next to the lady on the train with the offensive perfume, or had to watch an entire movie with a headache thanks to I-bathed-in-cologne guy.

This morning, I reached for a certain scent in my vanity, only to be met with my internal voice telling me to hold it right there. Beauty, or perfume, in this case, is in the eye of the beholder, so my wonderfully earthy scent is another woman's stink-filled nightmare. Have you ever felt that you have had to avoid wearing fragrance to avoid offending other people — or do you spritz without hesitation?

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Frenched Frenched 7 years
I don't wear perfume every day just because of this very reason. I've been a victim of sitting next to women in the office who just spray too much of this stuff and leave me feeling nauseated. I don't want to commit the same offense. I only put fragrance when I'm in the mood, when I need a little-pick-me-up, and when I do, I make sure it's only for me and only I can smell it.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i don't wear nearly enough to offend someone. even my BF has to put his nose right up to my neck to smell something
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 7 years
I love perfume. I don't wear too much, but I do love it and enjoy wearing it. I think all women should leave an impression with their perfume. If someone never smells that, then how are they to remember you? It's sentimental and romantic. I've met countless men that were truly haunted in a good way by women's perfume. Scent is the most primal sense we have. A scent can bring back 1,000 memories so I cherish it.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I don't dump it on by the gallon like some people, so I don't worry. I wear fragrance in a way that won't linger in the air when I leave the room. It'll only linger in the nose of someone that comes up really close to me. I don't think anyone should ever ever ever strive to leave a little bit of their scent in the air when they walk by. I'm not a fan of The Attack of the Inescapable Fragrance.
Kaki Kaki 7 years
not. i can't use a lot of fragrance anyways (migraine nor do i think it smells good), but i do spray a little on every day.
isenephthys isenephthys 7 years
I love perfume; I tend to wear it daily. The only exception is on nights that I go to work, since I work in a hospital and many patients are scent-sensitive. I do sometimes dab on a little essential oil in those cases to give myself a *little* scent without overpowering those around me.
mek123 mek123 7 years
As someone who is allergic to a lot of scents, I wish more people didn't wear so much. When I wear any, it is very light.
kkirts kkirts 7 years
It's not so much that I avoid putting it on, but I avoid buying certain scents that I think could bother people. I go to school still so I end up sitting, somewhat close, to a variety of different people and I know people have different olfactory glands and thus different preferences, so I try to finds scents that could appeal to everybody. Additionally, I don't put a ton on. I pretty much rejected aquoline pink sugar for this reason, even though I loved it.
Rouge14 Rouge14 7 years
I mainly hesitate about it when it comes to what's appropriate for work, as I work with kids, I try not too wear perfumes that smell too strong but when it comes to my free time I like to wear a diferent perfume depending of my current mood :)
JeannettieP JeannettieP 7 years
I don't wear perfume. I would like too, but I don't enjoy spraying chemicals on my body.
psychobabble psychobabble 7 years
I work in a hospital and we're prohibited from wearing perfume, body sprays, and heavily scented lotions. Now that I've been there a year now, I've become much more sensitive to the perfume of others. I've also gotten out of the habit of wearing scents, which is a shame. I have a lovely collection of Calvin Klein fragrances that I love.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I'm hideously allergic to perfume so I wish people knew more about. Even if you're wearing it lightly, the scent will cause my bronchial tubes to inflame and I have to use my inhaler. I hate it even more when people in my choir don't adhere to the No Perfume rule (it applies even in practice) and I have to leave to give my inhaler time to work.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I use it lightly; but, I don't abstain from it.
kauny kauny 7 years
I only apply one spritz while holding the bottle fairly far away. Needless to say, it's is very faint. Unless your nose is right on me, you can barely smell it.
lindac lindac 7 years
If someone has told me they're allergic to fragrance, then I'll abstain.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Same here. I only put on enough to leave a faint scent; so faint even I can just barely smell it on me. I take the bus/train quite a bit so I know first-hand how horrifying it is to have ten thousand scents blending in a cramped space. I feel the headache coming on just thinking about it.
miss-malone miss-malone 7 years
Nope, but like others said, I never wear too much anyway.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I wear light perfume anyway, so I don't worry about it. But sometimes, like at the gym, I avoid it, and wish others would too.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I wear perfume maybe 4 out of 7 days and I prefer light crisp scents that aren't too cloying. however, I sing in a choir, and whenever we perform part of our dress code is NO perfume, which I completely adhere to and understand, as performance under lights can really amplify scent
princessgouveia princessgouveia 7 years
I actually had to give away a couple perfumes because my piggies HATED them. Every time I wore them in the house they would cower in a corner and wheek. So yes to avoiding, but no to people. :)
aaight714 aaight714 7 years
i don't bathe in perfume, but i try to avoid it altogether if I'm around someone who i know is sensitive to strong smells
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