(Closed) NWR: Coworker w/super strong/stinky perfume – How can I neutralize it?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Can you talk to her?  You could blame the pregnancy…..say that certain smells that you used to like make you queesy now.  And throw something in~like you SO’s ________ (cologne, mouthwash, etc)makes you feel like throwing up.

Hopefully she will understand.

Post # 4
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Honesty is always best. Try to be gentle.

“Hey coworker, do you have a minute? I know that you really like your perfume, but I’ve been noticing it’s a little strong for me over there at my cubicle and it’s starting to make me feel sick. Is there any way you could use less of it, please?”

And if they are a jerk about it, report it.

Post # 5
5967 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

If it was me, it would happen like this:

(For the sake of argument, her name is Bernice now)

Me:  Hey Bernie!

Bernice:  Why yes?

Me:  You wanna do me a favor and save the stank juice for the bowling alley when you go out  to find your baby’s new daddy?

Bernice:  Sure can Nona!

Me:  Awesome!

Post # 6
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lilbluebird:  Say, “Um, Betty?  I know you’re not doing this on purpose, but the spray you’re using really gives me a headache.  Do you have a different one you could try?”

Just talk to her!

Post # 7
1094 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with honesty being the best policy.  Smell is always an embaressing thing, but you gotta so what’s best for you and your baby!

And if nothing can be done, keep a small jar of coffee beans on your desk.  Coffee beans nuetralize orders without giving off one.  You can use it to smell occasionally and clear your nostrils. Unless the smell of coffee beans make you sick, then you’re out of luck!

Post # 10
6207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I also agree with the honesty thing, but maybe you could also try a desk air filter for the smoke? 

Post # 11
2971 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

you could try keeping a container of baking soda on your desk to absorb the smell

Post # 12
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lilbluebird:  If it’s a legit allergy, they should accomodate you at work, either by moving you or her (can’t force her to quit smoking!)

This reminds me of a lady I used to work with.  Also a chain smoker, and had been in her office so long it was in the carpet.  She was the assistant to a man who had the WORST body odor problem – it must’ve been something medical because he ALWAYS SMELLED and surely someone had said something to him – he was near retirement.  Her office led into his so people avoided that corner of the building.

Post # 14
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think you should report her or anything, but you could probably inform the manager about it since you are pregnant and they can find a way to accomodate you.

Post # 15
5243 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@lilbluebird:  I would just talk to her. I had a co-worker that sprayed a scent that literally made me want to puke (im super sensitive to smells) so I asked her nicely to stop spraying it because I was feeling sick all the time and she obliged.

@Nona99:  LOLLLLL!!!!

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