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When Someone Wears Cologne…

I’m one of those rare people who don’t like to smell cologne. I don’t like perfume much either. I guess that makes me a cheap date?

It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that as I am getting older, I am getting more sensitive to the smell and it makes me physically sick.  I start coughing, chocking, and feeling very nauseous.  I also get horrible headaches. The problem is, when someone is wearing a scent, it stays with me, especially if I hug the person hello.  Then, I feel sick all day (or all night long).

This week, it happened twice! And both times after the meet ups, I quickly ran into the bathroom, double and triple washed my hands and face but I could still smell the person’s cologne on me.

My husband and I went out with one couple for dinner. The man was wearing very strong cologne. All night long, I smelled it. After we left the couple, I went home and was violently sick. It was not a pretty sight.

How could you tell someone not to wear cologne?  I guess the only thing you can do is keep track and if you know someone wears cologne or perfume that bothers you, you either don’t get together with him/her or you just don’t kiss or hug him/her?

What would you do?


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4 thoughts on “When Someone Wears Cologne…

  1. Interesting post, Hilary. I can relate, because I usually have trouble breathing when exposed with strong scents, including cologne and scented candles. And what I do is simply that: tell people what the scent causes in my body and they know not to wear perfume/cologne next time they visit me. It’s tougher with customers…I usually just keep my distance.

  2. I don’t get sick but I do feel very uncomfortable around strong scents. A friend once got into my car wearing a strong scent. I rolled down my window (in winter) and said “that’s too strong for me.” She was insulted. Seems to be very personal. I don’t get the purpose of perfume. The French started it in 1700s to mask B.O. from lack of bathing facilities.

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