Fragrance is the new 2nd hand smoke. For some reason, Americans are obsessed with giving everything its very own– usually artificial– scent. Perfume was invented back before hygiene as we know it now. You become desensitized until, like me, you have to banish all artificial chemicals from your home.
Besides the obvious (perfume/ cologne, air freshbers), it’s in cleaning products, detergent (dish and clothes), dryer sheets, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hairspray, makeup, toys and stickers. And that’s just on purpose. Off-gassing plastic, electronics and fabric dye are stanky, too. Now I know how dogs must feel!
Once I nearly passed out halfway down a path through a store between artificial Christmas trees. For a second I started to think it wasn’t too bad but suddenly, it was as though someone stuck up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a wooden beam from the lumber department. The headache lasted all day.
Consider the follow: