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Are You Tired of Stores That Use Scent Machines?

Are You Tired of Stinky Stores?

The other day, after it was revealed that Abercrombie & Fitch spent more than $3 million on pumping one of their colognes, Fierce, through their stores, many of you wrote in to say how little you loved the scent being wafted through A&F. And now, the New York Post is reporting that a new NYC Hollister store at the corner of Houston and Broadway is being protested by people made miserable by fragrance being pumped from the store out onto the street. A similar situation occurred with a Diane Von Furstenberg store last July, and it seems that instances of people getting angry about, and sick from, the overuse of scent machines just keep getting more frequent. Do you think these are isolated instances of overproduction in the smell department, or are these scent machines generally a problem? And how bad would it have to be for you to protest one of these stinky stores?

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mlen mlen 7 years
i avoid abercrombie like the plague. not that i shop there, just walking by it i mean- i will detour if i can. and i pass the hollister in soho all the time- i hold my breath- its horrible!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I'm with everyone who said they avoid walking past these stores because of the smell. It's offensive. The Body Shop & Lush both "smell," but it's not over the top. I think they're nice because you smell the products as they are and not something being piped in your face.
bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
I posted a comment earlier about A&F, but I needed to go to the mall yesterday. I brought my son with me, and sure enough, we got right up to A&F, and he bellows in his best voice, "Hey, Mommy, it's the stinky store!" How can you not love that?
llamawich llamawich 7 years
Am I crazy not knowing what this scent is? When I went into Hollister a few months ago, I could only remember the annoying dimness and blaring music. Gawd. And yeah, the Body Shop smells AWESOME. I love it.
omigosh omigosh 7 years
LUSH always has a strong smell...but it's yummy!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Those stores reek. It's not like it's a light amount of fragrance. You can smell it before you're even in front of the store. I would even go into an A&F or Hollister anwyay but if I have to ever walk in front of one, I don't want to be practically "assaulted" with the scent.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 7 years
A&F and Hollister are definitely the worst offenders - I honestly can't think of another store that stinks as much as either of those two. In the mall, my friends and I always do the "breathe and hold" and get as far out of range of the store entrance as possible before inhaling. And the one (and only!) time I was in the 5th Avenue flagship A&F, I had to leave and go outside because there was practically more perfume than breathable air, and it was making me sick - and I've never been sensitive to scents!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
A&F owns Hollister too, this is why they both reek alike!
juliarose23 juliarose23 7 years
i sometimes really like when stores smell good, but if it is a bad scent or overpowering, then its really unpleasant.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
lady - you may not be able to smell it any more after a few hours, but people with perfume sensitivities are just that - more sensitive to smells. She probably didn't want to call out that girl, but that's almost like smoking in front of a smoke sensitive asthmatic. -- I hate walking by the perfume-filled mall stores. Luckily I don't like Hollister or A&F, but even just walking past it makes me sick.
bornthisway bornthisway 7 years
Last year I had a math teacher who was EXTREMELY sensitive to perfumes. Her class started around 10 am, and school started at 7:30, so most people left home around 7. There was a girl who put on scented lotion before she left for school that morning, and when she got to math class, my teacher asked if anyone had put on perfume, because she had told us at the beginning of the year not to. She then waited for someone to answer, so the girl had to say she did. While it was rude that the teacher made the girl embarrass herself like that, it must have been more than just a mild inconvenience. Plus it was just bath and body works lotion, and by 10 you can barely smell it anymore. So for my math teacher, she would probably FREAK OUT if she went into a store like a&f or hollister.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
Hollister is the worst I wanna gag every time I walk past their store. I couldn't imagine going in and dealing with that smell up close.
CozmoMeg86 CozmoMeg86 7 years
The Holister in my mall smells like mold they use so much perfume. It's even worse because it's next to a pretzel stand. Mmmm hot butter and mold. I've only been in there once with my cousin, and when you add together the horrible scent, crappy muzak tracks they had playing, and the HORRIBLE attitude of the employees I can't see why anybody would go in there.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
yea the last time i bought stuff from a & f the clothes reaked of the perfume even after washing it a few times.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
I try avoiding walking those parts of 5th Ave and Soho ... especially since I'm tired of looking at half-naked employees standing out front.
mek123 mek123 7 years
This is a pet peeve of mine, too much fragrance not just at A&F and Hollister. I won't go into any store that gives me a headache within 2 minutes. Seems like I'm not alone in my feelings either.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
oh SATSUMA ! that's what it's called. yummy !
runningesq runningesq 7 years
The only place I really LOVE the scent of is The Body Shop when they have their orange-y scent out (can't remember the name but it smells soo good)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Man, I wouldn't even go in the stores if I knew they were pumping perfume through it. I'm allergic to perfume so I'd rather skip out on a bargain than deal with a clogged head and rashy skin. It's bad enough when I get assaulted at the perfume counter...
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