Would you like a fragrance-free work environment?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 3, 2012 

One of the most humiliating moments in my early professional career was when a co-worker complained about my perfume.

It wasn't cheap stuff. I'd received compliments on it in the past. Major cosmetics retailers like Ulta and Sephora proudly showcased it on store shelves.

But that didn't matter. Because with one complaint, I earned an incredibly awkward closed-door lecture. Lesson learned. Maybe.

I'm likely not the only one whose perfume choice has yielded a closed-door lecture at work. Some government offices and hospitals are opting for fragrance-free work environments, according to a recent USA Today piece. Citing its ability to trigger allergic reactions, an allergist even equates perfume with cigarette smoke.

Would you like to see more perfume bans?

The comments on the USA Today article seem largely in favor of the idea, with the exception of the people who say it's an unfair attack on personal liberties.

Even as a devoted fragrance fan, I've had perfume-induced nausea...mainly in enclosed spaces. My biggest issue with perfume bans is enforcement. And hey, while we're at it, can we ban gnarly B.O., too?

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