November 28, 2002 4:00 AM   Subscribe

don't breath
google shoots out some adds for cheap perfume with a search for perfume allegies...apropriate. but really...it's could be bad.
posted by lightweight (15 comments total)
Noot scuh an emfasus on spelinng in Vankoover, ehh?
posted by hama7 at 4:28 AM on November 28, 2002

Or apostrophe's, either...
posted by danhon at 4:29 AM on November 28, 2002

Who clicks on a sponsored link if it's not relevant to what they want?
"Man my sinuses are blocked... damn allergies... oooh Perfumestation.com is having a 20% off sale!".
Hell the 2nd sponsored link was to "Free allergy information" anyway (probably some drug company).

It it makes Google cash and keeps em alive I'm all for it.
posted by PenDevil at 4:34 AM on November 28, 2002




Picky ufcker's ...
posted by walrus at 4:44 AM on November 28, 2002

ufck ouyr ap'sropothes!
posted by hama7 at 4:57 AM on November 28, 2002

So now the MeFi Grammar Police are ganging up on a lightweight post!

Oh, the huge manatee...
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:02 AM on November 28, 2002

Can someone explain this whole concept of "perfume allergies" to me? When I left America in the 80s no such thing existed, and in Europe it still doesn't exist. But in the US it seems to be a major epidemic.

Is it because American perfume is vile, or because heavy use of antiseptics makes everyone's immune system oversensitive, or because people love to be victims of syndromes?
posted by fuzz at 5:36 AM on November 28, 2002

I know several people who are seriously allergic to perfumes - and that includes heavily perfumed soaps, detergents, shampoos, hairsprays - you name it. They live in Sweden and can't take the bus in the morning rush hour when every passenger is freshly perfumed. "perfume allergies" aint no joke.
posted by dabitch at 5:43 AM on November 28, 2002

fuzz, a number of people in the States use scented colognes and perfumes as a means to an end. While "a little dab'll do ya", "walking into the mist" is more the norm.

Poor grooming is only part of the problem; along with scented soaps and perfumes, industrial solvents play a role. The various stain removers, polishing compounds, exterminating agents, as well as emulsifiers and synthesized food preservatives, can wear down immune barriers over time.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:48 AM on November 28, 2002

I wouldn't say that I am seriously allergic to them (although my mother claims to be). I seem to be sensitive to heavy perfumes, eyes tear and swell, nose runs, sometimes wheezing. I can take certain ones, though. I do shop very speedily through the detergent aisle in grocery stores. My worst experience was actually on an airplane, when a woman in the seat ahead of me decided to douse herself with spray perfume just before we landed. I had an asthma attack and found it increasingly hard to breathe....couldn't wait to get off that plane. I just couldn't believe how completely uncouscious of people around her this woman was. I do my best to avoid situations where women go heavily perfumed, for example church. I am not blaming only women though as I have met men whose cologne arrived in the room ahead of them as well. I am no fanatic about it...I do not mind someone with a light smell of perfume. It is even pleasant at times. I just never understood some peoples habit of bathing in colognes. If you need that much....all I can think is you must not have bathed and are trying to cover something. Hey maybe those people are the allergic to good old fashioned soap and water!
posted by SweetIceT at 7:01 AM on November 28, 2002

I think instances of allergies in general are increasing; how many kids couldn't be around peanut butter when you were a kid? Anyway, perfume really bothers me as well: eyes stinging, sinuses stuffed, etc. The morning subway reeks. I don't take the elevators at work anymore as they also have that lingering chemical stink.
posted by transient at 8:36 AM on November 28, 2002

They live in Sweden and can't take the bus in the morning rush hour

Yeah, just ask my fiancee. Friday and saturday nights are pretty bad as well.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 9:32 AM on November 28, 2002

>I just never understood some peoples habit of bathing in colognes.

As someone who has had to be in a taxi with a driver that took 24-hour shifts (probably illegal, but unless I tell you who, what will you do? :-), let me tell you... it might actually be a good habit.
posted by shepd at 1:12 PM on November 28, 2002

I do shop very speedily through the detergent aisle in grocery stores.

I think this is the root of the problem-- that here in America we add scent to everything even our toilet paper. After years of being bombarded with a mixture of chemicals from hairspray, shampoo, deodorant, hand cream, dish soap, bath soap, window cleaner, carpet powder, lipstick, fingernail polish remover, floor wash, and room "refreshers", it is no wonder that some people develop an intolerance.

In my twenties I never left the house without my signature perfume-- Opium, but now I have gravitated towards the lighter, greener scents such as Shiseido's Relaxing Fragrance, and often I wear no scent at all. I find I really can't stand the smell of any of Avon's products, even the Skin-so-soft; it makes the back of my throat hurt. Their perfumes seem to be especially beloved by middle class women in their 50's and 60's, and very often I have to leave the room. No church pot lucks for me, thanks!
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 11:18 AM on November 29, 2002

I have a part time job at Bath and Body Works- Lay off! I live the stinky stuff. I just do.
posted by oflinkey at 2:44 PM on November 29, 2002

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