Post # 1
So yes, this is mostly a vent.
I am scent sensitive. I am also pregnant, which increases my sensitivity 10 fold.
My office is usually fantastic with a lot of matters, but I cannot, for the life of me, make them understand how much artificial scents bother me and make me sick. I get headaches, sneeze, my eyes hurt, and now with pregnancy on top of it, I am constantly nauseated by the smells.
I have a co-worker who is lovely, knows I am sensitive, but still sprays herself down with body spray before coming to work to cover up the smell of cigarette smoke (luckily she isn’t in the office every day). I also have my manager who will spray febreeze and other air fresheners when something stinks around the office. …and then there are the scented garbage bags… -_-
I’m just going to invest in a gas mask.
Post # 2
Is it possible the scent of body spray is better than the alternative, which is stale smoke? I’m sorry you have to deal with it.. I’m just trying to find an upside.
Post # 3
urchin: Hmmm… I’m not sure how much it will help, but maybe get a very small portable fan and position it in a way that it blows in more “fresh/unscented” air towards your cube/office? A few workers at my place have either small fans or humidifiers. Just the sensation of cool air blowing on you could be enough to tide you over when you get nausea spells. Just my 0.02.
Post # 4
MrsGatito: Haha, honestly I don’t know what is worse, as I am allergic to cigarettes too (I’m just that cool!)
MrsNewDay: That is also a good suggestion. Thanks!
Post # 5
I’ve been having problems finding scent free products. It appears that there is no liquid hand *soap* that is sold by a store in the entire city. I’ve asked pharmacists and they never seem to believe me until they start reading all the labels too. I’ve found alternatives, but would it be so bad for one company to make a liquid hand soap without adding fragrances? I was looking for a specific ingredient so was checking out the ingredients of products like mederma, it has fragrance added to it too!
Post # 6
urchin: Do you have an HR department? I would start there and ask for a scent-free workplace policy to be established.
Unfortunately, it does take time to make change in areas like this.
Do some research on https://www.osha.gov/
Post # 7
urchin: Also pregnant and I totally get you. We accidentally bought scented garbage bags, I honestly cried when I opened the box. They are perhaps the household item I’ve hated the most in my entire life.
As for the febreeze, I would bring it up as a work place issue.
Post # 8
Scent is a very hard one to control. I feel you, OP – I have struggled with artificial scents for years. The best thing would be if you could get your boss/HR to send out an email and put up signs in the office asking people to refrain from scents. Specific people like mrs smoker you should mention by name and ask them (hr) to bring it up with them. It is one of your human rights to work in a safe environment and depending on where you are living you can refuse to work in a space that is too scented for you.
AB Bride: have you checked out chains like community natural foods and nutters? I think Seventh Heaven does a hand soap. If not you can use their dish soap as hand soap.
Calgary has an Eco store in Inglewood called Rivas that sells soap nuts, you could soak them in water to get the saponin extracted and use that as liquid soap!
Post # 9
babeba: I guess all of the stores is a bit of an exeraggeration 🙂 All the major ones with a pharmacy though. I did check out a few natural stores, I can’t remember the specific ones, I know them more by location if that makes sense. I haven’t heard of nutters.
If it’s this difficult when it affects me, I can see why others are so scented.
Post # 10
I dont know if this will help but my coworker uses his ecig in our tiny windowless almost not ventilated office and i plan to buy a desktop hepa filter To keep those smells and toxins away.
Post # 11
AB Bride: Superstore and Community Natural both have Nature Clean unscented handsoap regularly stocked.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Potassium Oleate (natural coconut soap), Glycerin (plant derived skin conditioner), Sodium Chloride (table salt-viscosity enhancer)
Smells like glycerin.
ETA they also have unscented dish soap, so you could probably use that interchangeably.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Decyl Glucoside(mild plant derived cleanser),Cocamidopropyl Betaine(mild plant derived cleanser), Cocamine Oxide (mild plant derived cleanser), Sodium Chloride (table salt), Sodium Gluconate ( natural water softener), Cellulose Gum (natural thickener), Magnesium Nitrate (natural Mineral), Magnesium Chloride (natural mineral), Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (preservative-maintain product freshness and prevents bacteria growth)
No scent, neither real or artificial, and no “unscented”scents to cover up actual scents. This boggles my mind, that many unscented products have freaking “no scent scents” added, to which people with scent allergies still react to, because it’s in itself, a perfume.
Post # 12
turnanewleaf: I’ll have to go look at superstore again. I checked with staff in the health & beauty section, and the pharmacy section along with looking myself of course. I also walked through the organic section looking for something like that. I hate superstore for their organization though, one week I can find a particular product in 3 different locations in the store and the next can’t find it at all. At least knowing the brand will be a big help. Thanks!!!
Post # 13
AB Bride: I find it in the natural/organics section. They often have a full aisle of organic dried goods behind the organic dairy/frozen foods section, and then another aisle is where they have the organic cleaning/personal care products. This section is often sharing an aisle with something completely different like random bulk candies or something, making the personal care products suuuuper easy to miss.
But yeah I really dislike Superstore…oh, you have goat meat on sale, but no milk? Oh nice, raspberry jam 2 for 1 – wait what, no bread?
Post # 14
AB Bride: haha, I just listed all the Alberta chain stores I could think of! Nutters is in Red Deer and Lethbridge.
Also by seventh heaven I actually meant seventh generation brand. I have also found unscented/citrus oil as the only scent in laundry soap at Rona, of all places. It was kind of close to where they keep their ‘deer repellent’.
turnanewleaf: the unscented perfumes in unscented products piss me right off because when people THINK they are doing the right thing… Bam, they get caught by some stupid marketing gimmick/loophole that lets ‘unscented’ be actually overpowering. The worst one I can think of is Dove. Screw you, fake “Natural Beauty.” I could do without the times you helped send me to the hospital.
Post # 15
julies1949: The problem with the “HR Department” is that she is the manager who sprays Febreeze, air fresheners, buys scented garbage bags, etc. I tell her it bugs me, she apologizes and whatever, but then a few weeks later, she’ll be back at it.
I work in a small office of about 12 people…
It just baffles me. Scent-free policies are the norm where I live, but the people I work with don’t seem to care. I hate being “that person,” who needs to remind them ALL the time that this stuff bothers me.