Do People Put Perfume Or Cologne On To Strong?

United States
January 22, 2007 12:10pm CST
I was in the store a while back and could smell perfume really stong. There was nobody down the aile where I was. I wondered who had perfume on that strong. A few aisles over, I tracked down the scent. A young lady, probably 16 or so, had on perfume so stron that I was smelling it from the next aisle. Does Perfume that strong bother you? My Dr told me that his hardest time as a practiceing Dr was tolorating womens strong perfume. He said some seem to put on way too much. He has alleric reaction to many cheap perfumes. I quit wearing perfume to the Dr! :) When shopping in the laundry and cleaning aisle, I begin sneezing as soon as I start down the aisle. It is all the scent in the washing powder. This cannot be good for us or the envioroment. What do you think? I enjoying wearing Perfume. I am very particular what kind I wear. I will not wear just any kind. I ony wear Estee Lauder Pleasures or Estee Lauder Intuition. My husband weara PlEASURES for men. I just love the scent on him. All these scents are mild as long as you dont spay on too much. Just a dab on my wrist and behind my ear lobe is enough for me. What about you?
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@dhouston (417)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Excessive perfume is offensive, especially to people who have allergies, but really, to everybody. A long time ago, when Rosie O'Donnell still had her morning show on ABC, she said she usually puts on 24 squirts of cologne in the morning and was shcked that somebody might find it offensive. I was shocked that she was that dumb! I never use more than 3-5 squirts and have heard that even 5 is reaching the offensive point. Is she trying to cover up for never taking a shower??
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• United States
22 Jan 07
In general I think Rosie does a lot of things that she is shocked to find out that it offended someone. 24 squirts of cologne?? She must spend loads of money on perfume alone!
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• United States
22 Jan 07
That's the thing, people who wear too much don't think they're doing any harm to anyone. It's as bad as smoking with me.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I use 2 squirts. One on each wrist and then use my wrist to put it on behind my ear lobes. Rosie just is offensive in alot of things she does. Can you imagaine how much she spends on perfume. You know she dont wear the cheap stuff to begin with..LOL
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I'm also allergic to perfume. I have noticed that more young women are wearing it more heavily than they used to. When I was in college, I don't remember the girls wearing as much as they do now. Also, people who have a diminished sense of smell also put too much of it on! All you need is a couple of dabs in strategic places. You should only be able to smell it when you are practically next to the person. And, it's hard to avoid it. Just about everything is scented! I get a rash from everything!
• United States
22 Jan 07
I totally agree with you. Teens do seem to be putting it on more. They are using the cheap stuff and I think it stinks.
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@brokentia (10397)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I actually don't wear a lot of perfume because it makes me sneeze like you do when you go down the laundry aisle. :) But I do wear lotion that is perfumed. I genereally like the lavender scents. :) And I find that this way, it is not so over powering but also mild enough for a person to ask me what I am wearing because they like it. I know exactly what you mean by others wearing too much. It is so sad when I get near a person like that because not can I only smell them and start sneezing when I am at a distance. But at some point, I acutally think I can taste the perfume from the air too! Yuck! My worked in the same office as this lady once that seemed as if she bathed in her perfume. I always wondered why people would put on so much. My poor mother would often get sinus infections and her doctor finally linked it to her being allergic to the woman's perfume. But what could she do? She could explain to the woman that her perfume was causing her sinus infections and ask her to stop wearing it. So she just had to try to keep her distance. I really felt for my mom when I knew what she was enduring.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
LOL I can taste it too. I thought that it was because my senses were heightened because of my constant headache. I can smell stronger and hear better. LOL I am glad it is not just me that is tasting the scent but If I remember correctly you get headaches too. I feel so sorry for your mother. That would be a hard situation. My perfume is so light that you can only get a good smell if you hug me or something like that. I often get compliments from family and people at church when they hug me "you smell so good. What is it?"
@imadriscoll (2235)
• United States
22 Jan 07
My husband and I don't wear perfume or cologne. He wears aftershave and great smelling deodorant and that's enough scent for him. He doesn't like the smell of perfume much, so I don't wear it. I can't stand it when women wear cheap perfume ... just because the label says that it smells like the real deal doesn't mean that it does!
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I'm the say way with men's scent. I like the smell of being "clean", but not perfumed.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Cheap perfume will give me an immediate sinus headache. At least the expensive is made from quality ingredients. My husband does not wear scented deordant and aftershave. I have seen men that are just as strong as women when it comes to cologne. That is a turn off for me.
@candygurl24 (1884)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
Oh YUM! Pleasures for men and women are just amazing! I do agree that some people tend to bathe themselves in perfumes, which just makes them stink in the long run..so rather pointless if you ask me. Day to day I only wear light body sprays, and if I go out say to a dinner or a date, I will only wear a little dab on the neck and behind the ears. However, if I am going out to a bar, I tend to spray directly onto my clothing, neck, and hair. With so many scents in a bar, it's hard to smell anyones unless they have a bit more on..not alot, just a bit more. :)
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I can imagine what it is like in a bar. I bet it would have lots of scents. I have never been in a bar before. Thanks for your comment. I take it you love the scent "Pleasures". It is one of those scents that is light and country smelling.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Totally agree that a lot of people put on too much perfumes. Many times I nearly got suffocate by those perfumes. While wearing perfume is what people normally do, some put on too much, I only wish those who do that will realize it and put on less.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I wonder if they will ever realize that they use too much or if they will just get used to the stong scent and keep adding more the next time
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Yes Yes Yes they do it all the time and it is so annoying lol. One of my roomates practically bathes in his cologne and he does it everyday he is one of those types of people who wears cologne everywhere and not just on special occasions but he wears so much that if he leaves the house and I come in I can tell that he has been there recently because the smell stays around.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Oh I hate that! I think cologne is best when you can only smell it when you are close to the person. I hate to go somewhere and the whole room smells of cheap cologne!
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I totally agree. I have noticed that lately I have been more sensitive to strong scents that I used to be. Maybe it comes iwth age, LOL! Anyway, I just lightly mist on perfum, and have really eased off. I can't stand strogn scents when I'm at the store, especially if it is a scent that I also don't like! Yuck!
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• United States
23 Jan 07
It seems that the cheaper perfume is what I am allergic too. The expensive stuff dont bother me.
@ausp7883 (47)
• India
22 Jan 07
i too feel the same... the same situation i have also gone through.... one of my close friend does that and i told her for the first time but she does the same still .... i am very allergic to perfumes... i cant just ask her not to wear perfume, that will sound bad if i tell her that once again... and if i avoid her she will feel bad... i am in a very bad situation... i wear just two drops of sandalwood scent on my both wrists as u do
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• United States
23 Jan 07
That would be a bad situation to be in. Thanks for your comment
• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes, people put perfume and cologne on way too strong. It's supposed to make someone smell nicely, not to make someone keel over or need an oxygen mask. I usually wear body spray which isn't typically as strong.
@SageMother (2277)
• United States
23 Jan 07
People tend to put toomuch perfume on because they become desensitzed to the smell. It pays to switch perfumes every few months so that doesn't happen. When I was younger I could hardly stay in the aisle withthe cleaning items. My eyes would water and, like you, I would sneeze my head off. now that people want things fragrance free, its not nearly as bad as it used to be.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Strong scents bother me terribly. I have problems breathing, my sinuses fill up, my eyes water and burn, I sneeze and cough. My mother loves Opium and it really sets off my allergies. She has gotten better about remembering not to wear it around me. I wear a light scent, Jovan White Musk. People have told me that it is a very nice fragrance. My husband wears Polo. I like the light scent. People who bathe in the scents really don't know what they are doing to people with allergies. What may smell nice to you can really cause problems for others. Use it lightly and don't use it when you go out into crowded places. Please, for our sake! : )
• United States
22 Jan 07
I always wear either perfume or a nice smelling lotion. I can't have "perfumy" lotion on my hands though because I break out in a rash. I am big on smelling good but not overbearing. I can't stand it when other people dowse themselves in perfume or cologne. It's gagging when someone wears a cheap or old fragrance. I don't like it when you go to a resteraunt and someone smells too stong and you can't taste your food. Or, at church when you have to sit near someone who smells strong. I wish my husband would wear cologne though. I love it when a guy smells good. Smell good but don't overdo it.
• Ireland
22 Jan 07
I have heard that the scent of perfume is supposed to creep up on you, and not belt you in the face. I never wear perfume except on special occasions, and then only a minimal amount. I do however, use body spray every morning after my shower and this keeps me fresh all day whitout having to douse myself with perfume. My husband says a lot of people must not wash regularly and use perfume to cover up the smell. Yuck!!
• United States
22 Jan 07
I think that might be true about people who wearing it while exercising or in the gym. They're afraid that they're going to smell. Well, the first thing I'd like to say about that is that it's normal for some people to smell a little in the gym. And, another thing I'd like to say that you probably won't smell too bad if you bathe regularly, wear deoderant, and wash your clothes.
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I love to wear perfume too. But I usually spray a spray or two in the air and walk through it. It's very bothersome to me to be around a person that drenched in perfume or aftershave. Sometimes it's so strong you can almost taste it. I wonder if all that perfume affects their sense of smell? LOL!
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
2 Mar 07
I'm allergic to a lot of the chemical perfumes and scents as well. It's usually the cheap ones that set me off. What I love are the essential oils. They don't bother my allergies but still smell nice.
@manmaxman (850)
• India
7 Feb 07
Perfume Or Cologne On To Strong i never thought about that ever
@mimatexas (1840)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I use the White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor eau de Toilette. I usually put it on my wrists, and behind my ear lobes.
@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
I adore perfume and do not feel dressed without it. However, I take your point about very strong perfumes. They smell nice from a distance but cough cough if you get too near. As to the washing powder aisle in the supermarket, I have had an asthma attack on several occasions, possibly because a pack had been dropped and split. I dispense the powder to my machine at home very carefully and hold my breath whilst I am putting it into the machine! It is sad that people do wear perfume to excess as it is so lovely when they get it right. Young people often thing more is more is best, don't they, but then they refine and grow and mature and get it right.
@lilaclady (28278)
• Australia
24 Jan 07
I must admit I have been guilty of being heavy handed, until I learnt that you don't smell it on yourself after awhile, so I have stopped using so much these days.