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To be sick of breathing strong aftershave and perfume

58 replies

Hingeandbracket · 15/11/2019 08:34

I don’t mind a whiff of it but this is getting bloody silly.
I should buy shares in the makers I guess given the fact so many people seem be permanently drenched in the stuff.
It’s unpleasant and inescapable, like someone who won’t stop shouting working next to you.

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Stressedout10 · 15/11/2019 08:47

I get migraines from most aftershave and perfume and even walking past some of these people kills me especially when they are wearing so much that you can taste it 😖


TheLightSideOfTheMoon · 15/11/2019 08:51

Another peron here who gets headaches from it. It all smells like vodka to me.

The smokers at work come in from their breaks and spray it on themselves. The combination of cigarrettes and perfume makes me proper nauseated.


shallen · 15/11/2019 08:55

I hate it! Makes me feel ill, I don't understand why the people spraying it on themselves can't tell how strong it is??!!


adaline · 15/11/2019 09:11

Yeah, I hate it too. Gives me a headache if I'm around it for too long.


DisplayPurposesOnly · 15/11/2019 09:20

Guilty perfume wearer here...

But yes, strong scent is vile. Was on a train once and woman heavily bathed in perfume sat behind me, it was eye-watering, then as the train arrived at her station she sprayed on more ... People who spray perfume in an enclosed public space should be shot.

And I don't understand why people think you can cover up a bad smell with a good one, whether it's their house or their person. Yeuch!


MooMummy12 · 15/11/2019 09:22

It gives me a headache too but I'd rather smell perfume that body odour/sweat. It baffles me how people seem oblivious 🤔


MaxNormal · 15/11/2019 09:22

Stressedout10 me too - not migraines but I get horrible headaches which I think start in my sinuses.
Air fresheners also absolutely kill me.


MaxNormal · 15/11/2019 09:23

I'd much rather smell sweat, body odour, shit, anything! As gross as that is, it doesn't cause me physical pain.


JonnyPocketRocket · 15/11/2019 09:35

YANBU. There's one aftershave in particular that seems to have been released / become popular in the last year or so that's just overwhelming. I don't know what it is but it seems ubiquitous; I smell it multiple times a day and it makes me feel physically sick. When I smell it coming towards me down the street I have to change direction to avoid it.


exiledfromcornwall · 15/11/2019 09:57

YANBU. As I mentioned elsewhere on MN (discussion about shops, Lush in particular) I suffer from a chemical sensitivity and I can't be around people with heavy perfume/aftershave without coughing. I was on a train recently where two giggly girls were spraying perfume and I started coughing my guts out, and one of them said something like "oh, we're killing the passengers". Charming!


The80sweregreat · 15/11/2019 10:00

I hate it too! Gives me a headache.
I'm not good with washing powder or fabric conditioner either.
Have to buy the unscented products.


nevermorelenore · 15/11/2019 10:08

I also hate it! I don’t experience it with perfume but definitely with aftershave. Some men must bathe in it. Especially that disgusting Joop which my ex used to wear and every other shady looking bloke seems to be doused in.

Ruined a meal for me the other day as the tables were close together and this stinky guy sat down covered in the stuff. I could taste it in the back of my throat.


FrangipaniBlue · 15/11/2019 10:20

There is a special place in hell for those who bathe in perfume/aftershave before swimming.

Like it's not difficult enough to get the breathing right with asthma, without choking on your synthetic stench every time I take a deep breath.


MaxNormal · 15/11/2019 10:25

I'm guessing all the YABU voters are the ones who drown themselves in scent.
I also had work colleague who would go for about eight fag breaks a day and then come back and spray herself in some awful spray and the combination of that, the smoke and a sort of ill smell would attack me. She spent the rest of her working day when she wasn't smoking, talking very loudly on the phone and braying like a hyena.
Was the happiest day of my life when she left after being made redundant.


sunglasses123 · 15/11/2019 10:28

YABU. You really prefer someone who smells of BO?


MaxNormal · 15/11/2019 10:29

sunglasses it's not either/or. Washing sorts out BO.
But yes I'd rather BO alone than BO covered with an artificial stink that gives me a headache.


thecatsthecats · 15/11/2019 10:40

My mum always used to put her perfume in in the car. No amount of pointing out how it made my sister and I feel sick would get through to her.

Mind you, I've only just convinced my DH to switch to roll on deodorant, and he's noticed that I'm a lot happier to cuddle him - yeah, because it's not as if I haven't told you for the past decade that I find the stink disgusting? Hmm


Lhastingsmua · 15/11/2019 10:45

I dislike shit/cheap perfumes. They can be nauseating.

However I’d much rather smell someone’s nice perfume than BO. People take the time to shower and or apply perfume on public transport are definitely appreciated as so many people absolutely stink.


Lhastingsmua · 15/11/2019 10:46

People that take the time to shower and or apply perfume before getting on public transport are definitely appreciated as so many people absolutely stink.*


Steamfan · 15/11/2019 10:46

Lynx - so many people seem to spray that on - it's foul. Yesterday I had to leave a shop because of a really strong perfume and I have no idea who was wearing it, there was no one about! It amazes me that you can walk some distance behind someone and still smell their perfume. Just horrid.


Kaykay06 · 15/11/2019 10:50

I’m highly allergic to certain perfumes and they set me sneezing rash etc so I can’t stand It when people spray half the bottle, the worst ones are the shoes they are stronger but quite revolting.

Also people who start scooshing it about in front of me, it’s just unnecessary and rude. Some perfumes give me a migraine black opium is the worst I sprayed some on me once (why I have no idea - I usually use the cards to check if i can tolerate it) I felt awful.
Even body sprays and deodorants can set me off and air fresheners. Once I start sneezing that’s me for the day and it makes me feel quite unwell


GiveHerHellFromUs · 15/11/2019 10:52

Better than the man who works in our local Sainsbury's who stinks of BO to the point you have to hold your breath when you're at the checkout for as long as you possibly can EnvyEnvy


dontalltalkatonce · 15/11/2019 10:54

I'd much rather smell sweat, body odour, shit, anything

Really? Shit? Gag.


ChardonnaysDistantCousin · 15/11/2019 10:58

I love perfume, but some of the new formulations can be very intrusive and strong.



MaxNormal · 15/11/2019 10:58

When the shit smell is gone, it's gone and I'm not left with a vicious headache for the rest of the day so yes I'd literally rather smell shit.

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