Ok, so I know that I have a freakishly sensitive nose. And I realize that that's my problem and not anyone else's. So I put up with all the perfume and cologne that people wear.
But do you know where I shouldn't have to put up with it? The gym. Twice in two weeks I've had to leave a machine because a woman got on the one next to mine who was bathed in perfume. I'm sure that both of them thought that it was helping, that instead of smelling like gym socks they smelled like a delicate mystery. But do you know what happens when you try to mask your body odor with perfume? You smell like body odor and perfume. It doesn't hide anything. But do you know what it does do? It makes my face burn and my throat close up and my eyes water and my ears itch and my tongue go numb. It's hard enough to breathe when I'm galumphing on the treadmill. It's nearly impossible when I'm sucking in the air from a hovering perfume fog. What's so wrong with putting on some deodorant and smelling like you've worked out, just like every other person at the gym? We're supposed to stink. If we don't stink then we haven't been working hard enough.
So, folks who wear perfume or cologne (I'm not saying you wear it to the gym, I'm just saying in general): what would be an appropriate way to handle this? Would you be totally offended if someone mentioned to you that, for the sake of others, you toned down the smell? Today, for example, I was only 10 minutes into my workout and there was no other machine available so I had to fight the gym rats to use the weights until one opened up on the opposite end. I really wanted to say something but what do you say? Or is it just me and I should just get over it. Feel free to tell me that as well. I can handle it. (Except that I really don't want to get over it. I want everyone to stop wearing perfume.)
Dear Wealthy Benefactor: I would like an in-house gym please. Love, Rachel