A couple of days ago, when I first saw Desley’s Contemplation prompt for the week, I thought I was going to sit this one out.
What can you smell right now?
When I read those words, I sat up straight in my desk chair and took a deep inhale. What did I smell? Nothing! It made me smile because, “odorless” just happens to be my favourite indoor smell! The lack of scent made me happy, but writing about smelling nothing doesn’t make for a very interesting blog post, does it?
The next morning, a Facebook friend shared an article that hit on why it is that I prefer an odorless environment. I decided that I’d share the article with you here. It’s called, “Fragrance Is The New Secondhand Smoke | Eliminate Synthetic Fragrance To Improve Your Health“.
When people go to a public place, they are sharing what is now being called “secondhand fragrance”. This is the combination of harmful chemicals being released into the public air space from air fresheners, cleaning products, and scented candles, plus all the products people are wearing (from hair spray, shampoo, clothes, to perfume, etc). Everyone is involuntarily breathing contaminated air even if they choose to not wear fragranced products. It’s time to clear the air and prioritize human health, not economic interest.
I loath synthetic fragrance and can’t for the life of me understand why people buy it, or why it’s even legal to sell it. It’s so goddamn obnoxious! All of it! I enjoyed the article, but I disagree with the author on one point. I don’t think these fragrances smell good. I think they smell absolutely disgusting and they make me feel ill.
Just a few hours ago, I fell victim to a secondhand fragrance assault. I was at the gym when a young woman wearing perfume hopped on the treadmill next to me. I immediately hit the emergency stop button on the treadmill I was on, got off, and moved to the other end of the gym to finish my workout. Sadly, it didn’t take long for her fragrance to disperse, and I had to escape the building before finishing my workout.
Fortunately, there are more and more public places discouraging visitors from using scented products. One of these places is the local hospital. There are signs posted everywhere in the building that say, “No scents is good sense.” Yet, they still have obnoxious smelling hand soap in their public restrooms! Ugh! There’s still such a long way to go….