I am not a fan of screaming poor me from the roof tops and generally lean away from those who are. However, when the air we breath has already become less than tolerable, then the masses all douse themselves in chemicals – things have to change.
There is a known, and studied, disease labelled (MSC) – multiple chemical sensitivities. Not that I want to say I have any disease, or scare others into thinking they do too, but the proof is in the air.
It’s all around us, and people need to understand the consequences. Scent free places, such as hospitals, or doctor’s office, (the most common), are that way for a reason. Reactions to scents for those with MSC, can cause disabling health effects, such as headaches, (migraines), dizziness, cognitive impairment, breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, nausea, mucous membrane irritation, asthma attacks, to the severe Anaphylaxis.
Above is the most important point here. For those of us afflicted we are not complaining because we don’t like the way you smell, we are complaining because it’s detrimental to our daily enjoyment of life! I can lose 1 -4 days of work. And all that time with loved ones while I’m in bed suffering. Lose my writing time. AND have to cancel functions that I’ve planned months in advance.
It’s truly a debilitating affliction.
You can still wear deodorant, perfume, wash with your favorite shampoo, but what you need to do is keep it light.
I wear perfume, and yes, I have to find one that’s suitable to my issue, and one tiny spray is it, but If anyone were to hug me, they tell me I smell good. That is all you need. Not the entire room for two hours after you’ve vacated it knowing you were there.
Sadly, the beauty industry likes to entice people with heavy scents. There are some simple hand lotions, (that my co-workers love – sorry guys), that cause instant headaches within a three-foot radius of me. From cleaning products, including Green Works, (which is supposed to be no harsh chemical fumes – but it’s the worst), to laundry products, candles, room fresheners, and more, it’s all hurting us.
I wrote this to try and bring a bit of enlightenment to those around us who over-scent. Please think before you spray, who are you wearing this for? The masses or yourself? Be kind and stay minimal.
And share this with your stinky friends! 🙂
Sincerely stressed, Theresa Jacobs.