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No Scents, PLEASE!!!
By Ann Cheyne


Well, I cannot count how many times I have requested that someone come to my home or meet me elsewhere without wearing scented products. The request is usually met with an indignant reply such as "Well, I don't wear scents or perfumes".

Generally, I am reluctant to then engage in interrogating them about every personal care product they use. I am learning, however, that although I may run the risk of offending them, it is very necessary. My hopeful demeanor turns to great disappointment when the person turns up at my door very scented despite denials of having put anything scented on. And of course, they don't smell any of the layers of scents that they are wearing, YET!!

Being a person who always was concerned with not hurting someone else' s feelings, and having a hard time asking for what I needed from others, this has brought to focus some other issues in my life which I needed to deal with. This is still not easy, but I am working on it. However, clean air is a very basic right. Ironically, if the proverbial shoe was on the other foot, I would have no problem, not using any product, if it made someone else ill. However, not everybody feels that way, especially those most addicted to their scents!

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