Overload on colognes and perfumes.

United States
August 17, 2007 1:28am CST
Is it me or is it the most irritating thing in the world when someone walks by you and nearly knocks you off your feet because they've BATHED in their perfume or cologne? I absolutely can not stand this and I may be being harsh but can't they smell the overload or do they truly believe they smell great? Seriously, I feel like handing out "DO NOT BATHE IN YOUR PERFUME/COLOGNE!" cards. I'll admit that I am a tad sensitive to certain smells . What is everyone else's opinions?
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14 responses
• United States
17 Aug 07
I've walked past a few people at stores or in bars who, like you said, knock you off your feet. I love perfume but a little goes a long way with me. Perfume is supposed to be subtle and pleasant not overpowering. There was a guy who used to come into the bar I worked at and I knew he was coming before he ever walked in the door. His cologne would make my eyes water and my sinuses plug up and it lingered for hours after he left. I finally had to ask him to lighten it up a bit or he was going to have to stay out of the bar if I was working. He got highly offended and thought he smelled terrific. I yelled out to the entire bar, "How many people hate this guys cologne, raise your hand". Every hand in the entire bar went up! I hated to embarrass the guy but it was THAT bad.
• United States
17 Aug 07
Oh wow, that's definitely bad when the whole bar thinks it's too much. What did he do in the long run?
• United States
17 Aug 07
Unfortunately I lost a customer. He never came back. I wish I hadn't had to do it but he was chasing away other customers and better to lose one than a bunch. I have no idea what that cologne was that he was wearing. I've never smelled anything like it. I smelled like a combination of stale coconut, banana and apple cider vinegar. I sure hope they took the stuff off the market! :D
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
17 Aug 07
I'm sensitive as well. Its one of the triggers for migraines. I also don't think vendors should be allowed to spray perfume at you in department stores - or those kiosks at the mall with all sorts of scents... I know my mom smokes so her sense of smell is diminished so she doesn't know that she drowns herself in perfume. When I was pregnant it was worse - my sense of smell was even stronger...great topic.
• United States
17 Aug 07
When I first took the depo-provera shot, everything under the sun aggravated me when it came to smells. I'd piss people off in the house when it came to their cooking. No one was say around me at that time. haha!
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• Abernathy, Texas
17 Aug 07
Oh Depo was not good for me for more reasons then that!
@trk918 (254)
• United States
17 Aug 07
I start sneezing and choking when someone wears it too strong. I used to work in a small office in a plant. One of the guys from the main office would walk in and I had to walk out because he bathed in it. It was really bad. Same with perfume counters, I hold my breath and walk really fast past them. I don't mind a light scent on someone but come on people.
• United States
17 Aug 07
exactly, a little bit goes a long way. But it's like these people have it as their bath water. Ugh and to me it's worse when someone's trying to cover up their bad smelling body. Just take a shower!
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
17 Aug 07
I heve noticed that it is mostly man that do that eg. my husband. I dont mind it as I love strong perfumes but hey I would rather smell perfume than body smell (like this lady who smelled on some strong cooking and spices and she sat next to me I was going to vomit)
• United States
18 Aug 07
I think the combination between bady odor and any type of perfume ( light or strong ) is horrible, the two don't mix well to me. Also I think people need to learn that what might smell good on one person may not smell so good on yourself, since everyone's body chemistry is different.
• United States
17 Aug 07
Oh I totally agree. I have allergies and allergy induced asthma so really stong smells can sometimes set the allergies off and trigger the asthma. However I would like to walk up to these people and say 'Wow nice perfume you're wearing...MUST you MARINATE in it?' It makes me wonder if those individuals put on so much perfume/cologne that they are covering up other potentially offensive odors. And the sad thing it that its not just women that do it, its men too.
• United States
17 Aug 07
oh I like that - " Marinate in it?" . I know some guys are trying to cover up potentially offensive odors because they're too lazy to take a shower before going somewhere.
• United States
17 Aug 07
ive often wondering that myself. perhaps men dont have as good or sensitive sense of smell that women do. but then again what about the little ond granny that dipped herself in geranium scent (barf) and you can smell her from the other side of the grocery store?! i hate that. perhaps men are not as sensitive and the older women get the worse their sense of smell gets. lol! just wait..if that is true then eventually some "whippersnapper" is gonna be complaining about how much you and i are stinking up the place! LOL!
• United States
17 Aug 07
I've had both men and women of all ages offend my sense of smell. When I'm old, I'll have a "whippersnapper" lemme know before I go out in public. ;)
@MGjhaud (21020)
• Philippines
18 Aug 07
i like scents but sometimes there really are people (men and women) overload themselves with lots of scents and it stinks.. i seldom spray some to my body or clothes. fresh out from bathroom is so fine.. love it.
@Ricko82 (585)
• Philippines
18 Aug 07
I do agree, some people just can't have enough of their perfumes or colognes. And yes, sometimes they themeselves have no idea that they over did their fragrance. They somehow have grown immune to the smell that they think they have to put some more of it. Maybe because their sense of smell has been screwed up after all those years of abuse, if you want to call it that. And I guess it's not rude to inform somebody that they over did their fragrance, especially if you often meet them in an elevator. Keep safety...
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
17 Aug 07
I understand completely. Perfumes, colognes and lotions should be used for a mild scent, not to overpower other people's senses. For one thing, people wearing excessive amounts of cologne are usually covering up for something (someone didn't take a bath...! [/mockingly]). There are a few cases where the cologne and perfumes are too strong even in small amounts. In cases like that, and if its someone you know, try talking to them rationally about it.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
17 Aug 07
I absolutely agree! It's an assault to the sinuses. There've been a couple of times where the perfume in question made me sneeze, so I made sure to sneeze on the person who was wearing so much cologne. If they have license to be rude by assaulting my sinuses with a gallon of cologne, I have license to show them, up close and personal, my sinuses protest.
• United States
17 Aug 07
I don't know,I can't put that much on because I have allergies.I'm not sure if people just don't realize it or they just want to cover up body ordor.Either way it stinks.
@pinnibabu (135)
17 Aug 07
I am a perfume lover myself. Have a good collection of perfumes. Must say "the good ones" in fact. I like to use them when i go out. But I make sure that I dont "bath" in my perfume. I know quite a lot of people who do not have sense of good smell and wear a perfume just for the heck of it. They smell "Yack" and still consider themselves fresh and good smelling. I also get headaches by strong fragrance. But I am very much sure that I dont knock down anyone by my perfumes. Till date no complains. Lets see what the future has in store.
17 Aug 07
Like you, I really don't like being knocked out by the pong of cheap cologne. It often makes me feel quite ill sometimes, especially when you are in an enclosed space like a lift and someone has bathed in perfume.
@smacksman (6074)
17 Aug 07
I really think that they think that it is attractive. I mean - why else would they do it. I don't think they realise that they are making me gag! haha Perfume is so powerful. I remember one gorgeous girl I went out with and she loved Je Revien by Worth. I bought her a bottle and drove to her house on a frosty night to give it to her. As I was handing it to her on her doorstep I dropped it and it smashed on the step. I picked up the glass with my driving gloves on and those gloves still smell of her perfume 40 years on and remong me of her. Lovely.