Hi Wondercafe Friends,
Not wanting to start a big debate. Just wanting to put this request out there.
Please, before applying fragrance, consider who you might run into after you are smelling wonderful. While many people appreciate fragrance, and think it's appealing, there are many many people whose health is compromised by certain scents. You could trigger an asthma attack that is life threatening for someone.
Today at work a volunteer who was sitting in the same office space as I was wearing a very strong fragrance. The effect it had on my asthma was almost immediate. This woman is a lovely person, and when approached by the volunteer co-ordinator, she was sympathetic and understanding. She agreed to be more careful about wearing fragrance in the future. However, the fragrance lingered and my asthma was out of control. I took my rescue inhalers, but was still struggling. Then when it was time to go home I discovered that her coat had been place on the same hook as my coat, so my coat was scented with the fragrance. Needless to say it was a horrible drive home. I took my coat off in the vehicle, but still the fragrance was irritating me.
I have been home for 4 hours, and am just now starting to feel better. (I've had shortness of breath, headache and feel exhausted).
A seemingly innocent act of applying fragrance can be very harmful to others. Please think twice before applying fragrance and going out in public.
ps. I have requested that my workplace be a fragrance free building, but no such luck. Our CEO has instructed me to leave an area if my asthma is triggered by fragrance, but feels strongly that posting signs will infringe on the rights of others.