Please Learn Fragrance Etiquette, Stat!

I’m a fan of fragrance. I’ve reviewed several perfumes. I like to smell good.

I’m not alone there. Most people like to smell good, yet some take this way too far.

I’m talking to you, woman swimming in perfume.

If I can smell you when you’re 10 feet away, there’s a problem.Sick smile

And if you’re going to be in close quarters with a lot of different people—like in church or a movie theater—don’t wear perfume! There are people like me who break out when encountered by a lot of perfume. What you’re doing is rude.

Here is a tip: if you don’t have a good sense of smell, don’t load up on perfume until you can finally smell it. Because that means that those of us who can use our noses effectively are being assaulted by your scent.

A Note to Men: Just ran a mile? Instead of trying to cover your intense body odor with a thick layer of cologne (FYI: That doesn’t work! It makes it worse!), take a shower instead.

A good rule of thumb: I should only smell your fragrance when I’m standing right next to you. And then, only a delicate scent. If I sit next to you in a movie theater, I shouldn’t be choking on your perfume.

Because, you have to remember: Just because you like the scent, doesn’t mean everyone else does. Don’t make us smell it if we don’t want to.


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  1. Some perfumes are really strong and although I try to spray as little as possible, I can’t. The people who overspray their stuff probably wear the same perfume since forever. Their noses don’t pick up that scent anymore, hence the overspraying. That’s why it’s a good idea to alternate perfumes.

    Men with cheap, teenage-ish cologne? Ish! I think men should be educated about what’s appropriate to wear. There are grown men out there who are still wearing AXE or something similarly offensive.

  2. Yeah, Dao. Agreed. And I think in situations where people wear the same perfume for years, they should go up to their friends and loved ones to get a second opinion. “Dude, am I wearing too much perfume?”

    Also, I hope you’re first day of NaNoWriMo is going well. 😉

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