While strolling through the music department of Barnes and Noble, I approached the headsets to preview a CD. As I scanned the disk and made my selection, I inhaled, ready to take in the hipster vibrations of Arcade Fire. To my horror, the head set REEKED of men’s cologne.
In disgust, I threw the headset down and stepped to the next listening station. Before I placed the headset on, I gave a little sniff. AGAIN! The same smell penetrated my nostrils and I could feel myself starting to gag.
This post is all about applying (and over applying) aromas to the body. I am bound to offend, but for those with sensitive olfactory epithelium, you will understand and back me up. I didn’t used to have high maintenance olfactory receptors. My love affair with things that smell started at an early age.
Smells I used to love:
-The layering of multiple scents like soap, body wash, body spray, perfume…
-A department store fragrance department
-Strong candles that filled my house with their essence
Enter pregnancy. The change in my body chemistry has been profound in many ways. Specifically, I now have an extreme sensitivity to the odors I used to love. My nose has simply vetoed certain aromas and chemicals that infiltrate my schnoz.
I can’t stand these smells now; in fact, some make me downright sick.
Today, my nose believes there is something to be said for a natural smell. I’m not talking about hairy armpits and body odor. I am referring to the smell of a person’s body after they have properly washed with an unscented bar of soap and put on unscented deodorant.
My favorite barely odor-emitting scents now include:
-Unscented products. I love to encourage the natural scent of the individual to surface, which makes for a more intimate moment, don’t you think?
-One drop of Aveda’s Energizing Composition will stimulate your nose with lavender, sage and jasmine. (I buy mine at Ginger Root in St. Charles.)
When you get right down to it, “to each his own”, right? I try to be respectful of people’s interests and loves, but when it is smacking me in the face, I can’t help but hold my breath and run.
What are your opinions about fragrance?
Should your personal odor be reserved for intimate moments?
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